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  • World Junior Championships 2017: Canada


    Team Canada

    Head Coach: Dominique Ducharme

    Assistant Coaches: Tim Hunter, Kris Knoblauch, Misha Donskov

    Captains: Dylan Strome (C- Erie Otters), Mathew Barzal (A-Seattle Thunderbirds) , Thomas Chabot (A-Saint John Sea Dogs)

    2016 Finish: Lost in the Quarterfinals to Finland

    Wild Prospects: None


    Dylan Strome - Erie Otters

    Mathew Barzal - Seattle Thunderbirds

    Anthony Cirelli - Oshawa Generals

    Dillon Dubé - Kelowna Rockets

    Pierre-Luc Dubois - Cape Breton Screaming Eagles

    Julien Gauthier - Val-d'Or Foreurs

    Mathieu Joseph - Saint John Sea Dogs

    Tyson Jost - University of North Dakota

    Michael McLeod - Mississauga Steelheads

    Taylor Raddysh - Erie Otters

    Nicolas Roy - Chicoutimi Saguenéens

    Blake Speers - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

    Mitchell Stephens - Saginaw Spirit


    Jake Bean - Calgary Hitmen

    Thomas Chabot - Saint John Sea Dogs

    Kale Clague - Brandon Wheat Kings

    Dante Fabbro - Boston University

    Noah Juulsen - Everett Silvertips

    Jeremy Lauzon - Rouyn-Noranda Huskies

    Philippe Myers - Rouyn-Noranda Huskies


    Carter Hart - Everett Silvertips

    Connor Ingram - Kamloops Blazers

    Preliminary Schedule

    Monday, December 26th - Canada vs Russia - 6:00pm Central - Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario

    Tuesday, December 27th - Canada vs Slovakia - 6:00pm Central - Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario

    Thursday, December 29th - Latvia vs Canada - 6:00pm Central - Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario

    Saturday, December 31st - USA vs Canada - 2:30pm Central - Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario

    Team Notes

    Canada often dominates international competitions, but at last year’s World Junior Championships, Canada lost in the quarterfinals to the eventual tournament winner, Finland. After that dissapointment for Canada and five returning players, you can expect Team Canada will be highly motivated to win it all this year.

    Every player on Canada’s roster is already a NHL prospect, and that certainly shows in their forward lines. While there aren’t necessarily any superstars among the thirteen forwards, they still have plenty of offensive talent including two third overall picks in Dylan Strome and Pierre-Luc Dubois and the current OHL point leader, Taylor Raddish. Furthermore, Canada’s offensive talent doesn’t drop much as you go down the lineup, and their scoring should be well balanced during the tournament.

    Defensively, there are a few more question marks. Thomas Chabot is the only returning defender, and the overall lack of experience could be a detriment throughout the tournament. Luckily for Canada, they have two of the best goaltenders in the WHL to back them up. Ingram leads the league in save percentage with .935 and Hart is right behind him with .928.

    Even in the more competitve Group B, which also includes Russia and the USA, Canada has a good shot at winning the group and setting themselves up for success in the quarterfinals.

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