Canada finalizes roster for World Juniors

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Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen headlines Team Canada’s roster for the World Junior Hockey Championship, which begins on Boxing Day.

As per usual, all games will be broadcasted on TSN.

Date
Time
Visitor
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Preliminary Sat, Dec 26 10:00 AM Canada USA
Preliminary Mon, Dec 28 10:00 AM Denmark Canada
Preliminary Tue, Dec 29 10:00 AM Canada Switzerland
Preliminary Thu, Dec 31 10:00 AM Sweden Canada
Quarter-Final Sat, Jan 2 TBD TBD TBD
Semi-Final Mon, Jan 4 TBD TBD TBD
Bronze Tue, Jan 5 6:00 AM TBD TBD
Gold Tue, Jan 5 10:30 AM TBD TBD

Canada’s head coach is Dave Lowry of the Victoria Royals. Four players are returning from last year’s gold medal winning team: Joe Hicketts, Brayden Point, Lawson Crouse, and Jake Virtanen.

This year’s team has three players from BC: returnees Hicketts (Kamloops), Virtanen (Abbotsford), and newcomer Matthew Barzal (Coquitlam).

Forwards

Name
Age
Hometown
Current Team
Dylan Strome 18 Mississauga, ON Erie (OHL)
Brendan Perlini 19 Sault Ste. Marie, ON Niagara (OHL)
Julien Gauthier 18 Pointe-aux-Trembles, QC Val-d’Or (QMJHL)
Mathew Barzal 18 Coquitlam, BC Seattle (WHL)
Rourke Chartier 19 Saskatoon, SK Kelowna (WHL)
Mitchell Marner 18 Thornhill, ON London (OHL)
Travis Konecny 18 Clachan, ON Ottawa (OHL)
Jake Virtanen 19 Abbotsford, BC Vancouver (NHL)
Brayden Point 19 Calgary, AB Moose Jaw (WHL)
Anthony Beauvillier 18 Sorel, QC Shawinigan (QMJHL)
John Quenneville 19 Edmonton, AB Brandon (WHL)
Mitchell Stephens 18 Peterborough, ON Saginaw (OHL)
Lawson Crouse 18 Mt. Brydges, ON Kingston (OHL)

Defencemen

Name
Age
Hometown
Current Team
Joe Hicketts 19 Kamloops, BC Victoria (WHL)
Haydn Fleury 19 Carlyle, SK Red Deer (WHL)
Thomas Chabot 18 Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce, QC Saint John (QMJHL)
Brandon Hickey 19 Leduc, AB Boston University (HE)
Roland McKeown 19 Listowel, ON Kingston (OHL)
Travis Sanheim 19 Elkhorn, MB Calgary (WHL)
Travis Dermott 19 Newmarket, ON Erie (OHL)

Goaltenders

Name
Age
Hometown
Current Team
Mason McDonald 19 Halifax, NS Charlottetown (QMJHL)
Mackenzie Blackwood 19 Thunder Bay, ON Barrie (OHL)
Samuel Montembeault 19 Bécancour, QC Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL)

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