24 PLAYERS SELECTED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH CANADA’S NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM
Date: Dec, 13, 2019 12:00 PM EDT
OAKVILLE, Ont - The journey to represent Canada's National Junior Team at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic continues on for twenty-four players as Selection Camp came to a close in Oakville, Ont Thursday evening.
Among the 24-man roster are OHL forwards Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves), Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds), Aidan Dudas (Owen Sound Attack), Liam Foudy (London Knights), Barrett Hayton (Arizona Coyotes/Soo Greyhounds), Connor McMichael (London Knights) and Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs), defencemen Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s) and Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters) as well as goaltender Nico Daws (Guelph Storm).
Hayton is the only OHL returnee who also played in the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship in Vancouver and Victoria, B.C. Although rookies to the roster, Byfield and Drysdale are no stranger to representing Canada - the pair won a silver medal with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.
While all 24 players will travel on to the Championship with the team, the final 22-player roster does not need to be officially submitted to the IIHF until December 25.
“As with every year, there are difficult decisions to trim down our roster, but ultimately we believe this group will give us our best shot at a gold medal,” said Shawn Bullock, director of men’s national teams with Hockey Canada. “We will continue the process of building our team, and we look forward to an exciting World Juniors.”
The puck will officially drop on Boxing Day when Canada takes on the United States at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT, followed by games against Russia, Germany and the Czech Republic to round out preliminary action.
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 Dec. 19 against Switzerland and Dec. 23 against Finland; check local listings for details.