Hockey Canada announces 31 players for World Junior Team tryouts

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Hockey Canada has announced the 31 kids they have invited to try out for Team Canada. These are the cream of the crop in Canadian Hockey. The selection of players coming from this years crop will be playing for a IIHF 2020 World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic from December 26th to January 5th.

This years crop of Canadian kids look to be at the top of the charts with respect to talent and experience. The invitations have come out with 17 forwards, 10 defencemen and 4 goaltenders vying to make the national squad.

The history of this tournament is big time and Canada is always expected to contend for a goal medal. Team Canada leads the all-time list of gold medals for this tournament at 17. That shouldn’t fool you though.

The Canadian squad has come up short recently as many countries are developing hockey stars at a phenomenal rate. With this years crop though it will be very hard to see anyone satisfied without a minimum bronze medal and if they don’t come home with at least that you may see some big changes to the program directors next year.

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this years crop has 3 returning players who played last year. Those players are currently playing in the QMJHL and WHL. The roster for this years invitational camp was selected by head scout Brad McEwen, director of national teams for Hockey Canada Shawn Bullock and Mark Hunter.

The Hockey Canada coaching staff for this years Team Canada World Junior squad will look like this. Dale Hunter (Head Coach), Mitch Love and Andre Touring (assistant Coaches). The hockey camp will run between December 9th-12th in Oakville, Ontario.

Below is a list of players who have been invited to the camp. The roster is certainly not short of talent.

PlayerPosShootsHeightWeightDOBHometownCurrent TeamDraft
Quinton Byfield ForwardL6’421508-19-2002Newmarket, Ont.Sudbury (OHL)’20 (, )
Dylan Cozens ForwardR6’318502-09-2001Whitehorse, Y.T.Lethbridge (WHL)BUF ’19 (1, 7)
Ty Dellandrea ForwardR6’119007-21-2000Port Perry, Ont.Flint (OHL)DAL ’18 (1, 13)
Aidan Dudas ForwardR5’816806-15-2000Parry Sound, Ont.Owen Sound (OHL)LAK ’18 (4, 113)
Nolan Foote ForwardL6’420011-29-2000Kelowna, B.C.Kelowna (WHL)TBL ’19 (1, 27)
Liam Foudy ForwardL6’118202-04-2000Scarborough, Ont.London (OHL)CBJ ’18 (1, 18)
Benoît-Olivier Groulx ForwardL6’219402-06-2000Gatineau, Que.Halifax (QMJHL)ANA ’18 (2, 54)
Dylan Holloway ForwardL6’120309-23-2001Bragg Creek, Alta.University of Wisconsin (Big Ten)’20 (, )
Peyton Krebs ForwardL5’1118001-26-2001Okotoks, Alta.Winnipeg (WHL)VGK ’19 (1, 17)
Alexis Lafrenière ForwardL6’119410-11-2001Saint-Eustache, Que.Rimouski (QMJHL)’20 (, )
Raphaël Lavoie ForwardR6’419809-25-2000Chambly, Que.Halifax (QMJHL)EDM ’19 (2, 38)
Connor McMichael ForwardL6’018101-15-2001Ajax, Ont.London (OHL)WSH ’19 (1, 25)
Dawson Mercer ForwardR6’017810-27-2001Bay Roberts, N.LDrummondville (QMJHL)’20 (, )
Alex Newhook ForwardL5’1119301-28-2001St. John’s, N.L.Boston College (HE)COL ’19 (1, 16)
Jakob Pelletier ForwardL5’916703-07-2001Quebec City, Que.Moncton (QMJHL)CGY ’19 (1, 26)
Cole Perfetti ForwardL5’1018001-01-2002Whitby, Ont.Saginaw (OHL)’20 (, )
Akil Thomas ForwardR6’018001-02-2000Toronto, Ont.Niagara (OHL)LAK ’18 (2, 51)
Calen Addison DefenceR5’1018004-11-2000Brandon, Man.Lethbridge (WHL)PIT ’18 (2, 53)
Kevin Bahl DefenceL6’724006-27-2000Mississauga, Ont.Ottawa (OHL)ARI ’18 (2, 55)
Jacob Bernard-Docker DefenceR6’119506-20-2000Canmore, Alta.University of North Dakota (NCHC)OTT ’18 (1, 26)
Bowen Byram DefenceL6’119206-13-2001Cranbrook, B.C.Vancouver (WHL)COL ’19 (1, 4)
Peter Diliberatore DefenceL6’017503-31-2000Bedford, N.S.Quinnipiac University (ECAC)VGK ’18 (6, 180)
Jamie Drysdale DefenceR5’1117004-08-2002Toronto, Ont.Erie (OHL)’20 (, )
Thomas Harley DefenceL6’419508-29-2001Jamesville, N.Y.Mississauga (OHL)DAL ’19 (1, 18)
Jared McIsaac DefenceL6’119103-27-2000Truro, N.S.Halifax (QMJHL)DET ’18 (2, 36)
Braden Schneider DefenceR6’221009-20-2001Prince Albert, Sask.Brandon (WHL)’20 (, )
Ty Smith DefenceL5’1117503-24-2000Lloydminster, Alta.Spokane (WHL)NJD ’18 (1, 17)

GOALTENDERS

PlayerPosCatchesHeightWeightDOBHometownCurrent TeamDraft
Nico DawsGoaltenderL6’420212-22-2000Burlington, Ont.Guelph (OHL)’20 (, )
Joel HoferGoaltenderL6’517207-30-2000Winnipeg, Man.Portland (WHL)STL ’18 (4, 107)
Hunter JonesGoaltenderL6’519809-21-2000Brantford, Ont.Peterborough (OHL)MIN ’19 (2, 59)
Olivier RodrigueGoaltenderL6’115607-06-2000Chicoutimi, Que.Moncton (QMJHL)EDM ’18 (2, 62)

STAFF

NameRoleHometown
Tom Renney Chief Executive OfficerCranbrook, B.C.
Scott Smith President and Chief Operating OfficerBathurst, N.B.
Shawn Bullock Director, National Teams – Men’sWainwright, Alta.
Mark Hunter Management GroupPetrolia, Ont.
Brad McEwen Head ScoutWhitewood, Sask.
Dale Hunter Head CoachPetrolia, Ont.
Alan Letang Assistant CoachRenfrew, Ont.
Mitch Love Assistant CoachQuesnel, B.C.
André Tourigny Assistant CoachNicolet, Que.
Tyler Dietrich Video CoachWest Vancouver, B.C.
Jason LaBarbera Goaltending CoachBurnaby, B.C.
Lyle Mast Goaltending ConsultantVernon, B.C.
Dr. Ed Berdusco Team PhysicianOrillia, Ont.
Ryan Hamilton Mental Performance ConsultantFredericton, N.B.
Mike Burnstein TherapistHamilton, Ont.
Kyle Sutton TherapistNew Glasgow, N.S.
Chris Mason Equipment ManagerLondon, Ont.
Brian St-Louis Equipment ManagerHull, Que.
Adam Douglas Manager, Sport PerformanceOakville, Ont.
Brennan Baxandall Coordinator, National TeamsCalgary, Alta.
Bob Martin Security LiaisonLondon, Ont.
Mark Halliday Media RelationsMontreal, Que.

Many NHLers have made it through this tournament on the way to prosperous NHL careers.

* Source of players announced Hockey Canada

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