With Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp rolling to a close with an 8-0 win over the Czech Republic, Hockey Canada named the final roster that will represent the country at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal.
“We’ve had a great selection camp, and I can see this group of players really beginning to work together and getting better every day,” said Dominique Ducharme, head coach, Canada’s National Junior Team. “It’s never easy to make the difficult decisions of releasing players, and that’s a testament to Canada’s depth of talent. Kris, Tim and I are looking forward to continuing to work with these players to fine-tune our game and be ready when we start the tournament on Boxing Day.”
Amongst the players selected to represent Team Canada was forward Mathieu Joseph of the Saint John SeaDogs. The 6-foot-1 Tampa Bay Lightning prospect leads the QMJHL in goals with 25 and has accumulated 45 points in just 29 games to go with a +23 rating.
The puck will officially drop on the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, a Canadian holiday tradition, on Dec. 26 in Montreal and Toronto. In its opening game, Canada will face Russia at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto at 8 p.m. ET.
Canada plays three pre-tournament games beginning Dec. 19 in Montreal against Finland, Dec. 21 in Ottawa against the Czech Republic, and Dec. 23 in Toronto against Switzerland.
Sources: chl.ca, hockeydb.com