Team Canada announces roster for 2021 World Junior Hockey Championships

Dec 11 2020, 8:49 pm

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The 25-man Team Canada roster that will look to defend gold at the 2021 World Junior Hockey Championships has been announced.

Following a 26-day selection camp that included a mandatory two-week quarantine, the 25 players have been chosen to represent Canadian hockey for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, which takes place from December 25 to January 5 in Edmonton.

The final roster consists of three goaltenders, eight defensemen and 14 forwards.

“This camp has been unconventional from the outset with the number of players invited and the length of camp, along with the schedule adjustment due to our two-week shutdown, but we feel we have selected a group that will give us the best chance to defend our gold medal on home ice,” said Alan Millar, the U20 lead for the Program of Excellence management group. “It is never easy making decisions to trim down a roster, especially when every player handled adversity, faced challenges head-on and remained committed to the process through our off-ice workouts and Zoom sessions.”

In an email shared with Daily Hive, Millar thanked the Alberta Health Services, who worked to “always ensure the health of safety of our athletes, staff and the community at large, and we look forward to representing Canada in Edmonton.”

Six returning players won gold at the 2020 World Juniors —  Quinton Byfield, Bowen Byram, Dylan Cozens, Jamie Drysdale, Connor McMichael, and Dawson Mercer.

The 2021 IIHF World Juniors begin on Christmas Day, with three games before Team Canada kicks off the tournament on December 26 against Germany at 6 pm EST.

TSN and RDS will broadcast all 28 tournament games and the 10 pre-tournament games that begin December 20.

Until we get there, here’s how Team Canada’s 2021 roster shapes up:

Player Position Date of birth Hometown Current team NHL Draft
Cole Perfetti Forward 01-01-2002 Whitby, Ont. Saginaw (OHL) WPG ’20 (1, 10)
Connor McMichael Forward 01-15-2001 Ajax, Ont. London (OHL) WSH ’19 (1, 25)
Kaiden Guhle Defence 01-18-2002 Sherwood Park, Alta. Prince Albert (WHL) MTL ’20 (1, 16)
Kirby Dach Forward 01-21-2001 Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. Chicago (NHL) CHI ’19 (1, 3)
Peyton Krebs Forward 01-26-2001 Okotoks, Alta. Winnipeg (WHL) VGK ’19 (1, 17)
Alex Newhook Forward 01-28-2001 St. John’s, N.L. Boston College (HE) COL ’19 (1, 16)
Kaedan Korczak Defence 01-29-2001 Yorkton, Sask. Kelowna (WHL) VGK ’19 (2, 41)
Dylan Cozens Forward 02-09-2001 Whitehorse, Y.T. Lethbridge (WHL) BUF ’19 (1, 7)
Jordan Spence Defence 02-24-2001 Cornwall, P.E.I. Moncton (LHJMQ) LAK ’19 (4, 95)
Jakob Pelletier Forward 03-07-2001 Quebec City, Que. Val-d’Or (LHJMQ) CGY ’19 (1, 26)
Jamie Drysdale Defence 04-08-2002 Toronto, Ont. Erie (OHL) ANA ’20 (1, 6)
Ryan Suzuki Forward 05-28-2001 London, Ont. Saginaw (OHL) CAR ’19 (1, 28)
Bowen Byram Defence 06-13-2001 Cranbrook, B.C. Vancouver (WHL) COL ’19 (1, 4)
Philip Tomasino Forward 06-13-2001 Mississauga, Ont. Oshawa (OHL) NSH ’19 (1, 24)
Thomas Harley Defence 08-19-2001 Jamesville, N.Y. Mississauga (OHL) DAL ’19 (1, 18)
Quinton Byfield Forward 08-19-2002 Newmarket, Ont. Sudbury (OHL) LAK ’20 (1, 2)
Jack Quinn Forward 09-19-2001 Cobden, Ont. Ottawa (OHL) BUF ’20 (1, 8)
Braden Schneider Defence 09-20-2001 Prince Albert, Sask. Brandon (WHL) NYR ’20 (1, 19)
Dylan Holloway Forward 09-23-2001 Bragg Creek, Alta. U. of Wisconsin (Big Ten) EDM ’20 (1, 14)
Connor Zary Forward 09-25-2001 Saskatoon, Sask. Kamloops (WHL) CGY ’20 (1, 24)
Dawson Mercer Forward 10-27-2001 Bay Roberts, N.L. Chicoutimi (LHJMQ) NJD ’20 (1, 18)
Justin Barron Defence 11-15-2001 Halifax, N.S. Halifax (LHJMQ) COL ’20 (1, 25)


Player Position Date of birth Hometown Current team NHL Draft
Devon Levi Goaltender 12-27-2001 Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que. Northeastern U. (HE) FLA ’20 (7, 212)
Taylor Gauthier Goaltender 02-15-2001 Calgary, Alta. Prince George (WHL) Draft ’21 (, )
Dylan Garand Goaltender 06-07-2002 Victoria, B.C. Kamloops (WHL) NYR ’20 (4, 103)

Canada has captured 18 gold medals at the IIHF World Juniors, 11 silvers, and six bronze.

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