ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – The stage is set for Buffalo, N.Y., as Hockey Canada named the 22 players who will wear the red-and-white at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Following its week-long Sport Chek Selection Camp that started with 32 World Juniors hopefuls, Canada pared down its roster following its final tune-up game against Denmark on Friday at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, Ont.
Seven players who competed for Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship – Jake Bean (Calgary/Calgary, WHL), Kale Clague (Lloydminster, Alta./Brandon, WHL), Dillon Dubé (Cochrane, Alta./Kelowna, WHL), Dante Fabbro (Coquitlam, B.C./Boston University, HE), Carter Hart (Sherwood Park, Alta./Everett, WHL), Michael McLeod (Mississauga, Ont./Mississauga, OHL), and Taylor Raddysh (Caledon, Ont./Erie, OHL) – will once again proudly represent their country in the holiday classic that begins Boxing Day.
As Canada eyes its 16th World Juniors gold medal, its preparations continue with two pre-tournament games. On Dec. 20, Canada will face the Czech Republic in London, Ont., then on Dec. 22, the match-up features Canada taking on Switzerland in Hamilton.
The puck officially drops on Boxing Day when Canada takes on Finland at 4 p.m. ET. The Canada-U.S. cross-border rivalry takes place outdoors for the first time in tournament history on Dec. 29 at the home of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, New Era Field in Orchard Park, N.Y., at 3 p.m. ET.
TSN and RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, will once again provide wall-to-wall game coverage and analysis throughout the tournament, including Canada’s two pre-tournament games on TSN; check local listings for details.
CHL PLAYERS NAMED TO CANADA’S NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM:
Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)*
Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen)*
Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings)*
Cal Foote (Kelowna Rockets)
Victor Mete (London Knights)
Conor Timmins (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Drake Batherson (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
Maxime Comtois (Victoriaville Tigres)
Dillon Dube (Kelowna Rockets)*
Alex Formenton (London Knights)
Jonah Gadjovich (Owen Sound Attack)
Brett Howden (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)
Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)*
Taylor Raddysh (Erie Otters)*
Sam Steel (Regina Pats)
Tyler Steenbergen (Swift Current Broncos)
Robert Thomas (London Knights)
Head Coach – Dominique Ducharme (Drummondville Voltigeurs)*
Assistant Coach – Tim Hunter (Moose Jaw Warriors)*
Assistant Coach – Trevor Letowski (Windsor Spitfires)
* – earned silver at the 2017 World Juniors in Montreal and Toronto
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