When the puck drops on the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship on Boxing Day, 20 Canadian Hockey League players, including six from the Western Hockey League will be representing Canada in its defence of world junior supremacy.
Anaheim Ducks prospect Maxime Comtois (Drummondville Voltigeurs) returns as the lone gold medalist from last year’s squad in Buffalo, NY. Hockey Canada announced Tuesday that Comtois will wear the ‘C’ under head coach Tim Hunter (Calgary, Alta. / Moose Jaw Warriors), being joined by alternates in Los Angeles Kings prospect Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Calgary, Alta. / Spokane Chiefs), Evan Bouchard (London Knights) and Ian Mitchell.
In addition to Hunter and Anderson-Dolan, the WHL will be represented at the tournament by goaltender Ian Scott (Calgary, Alta. / Prince Albert Raiders), defencemen Josh Brook (Roblin, Man. / Moose Jaw Warriors), Ty Smith (Lloydminster, Alta. / Spokane Chiefs), and forwards Cody Glass (Winnipeg, Man. / Portland Winterhawks) and Brett Leason (Calgary, Alta. / Prince Albert Raiders). Brent Kisio (Calgary, Alta. / Lethbridge Hurricanes) will also serve on the team as an assistant coach.
Canada eyes its 17th World Juniors gold medal following a 2-1 record in pre-tournament play that included a 5-3 win over Switzerland on December 19th, a 6-1 victory over Slovakia on December 21st and a 5-2 loss to Finland on December 23rd.
Canada will compete in Pool A alongside the Czech Republic, Denmark, Russia and Switzerland, hitting the ice for the first time on Boxing Day against Denmark. Other round robin matchups include Switzerland on December 27th, the Czech Republic on December 29th and Russia on New Year’s Eve. All games get underway at 8pm ET/5pm PT.
TSN and RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, will once again provide wall-to-wall game coverage and analysis throughout the tournament
CHL PLAYERS NAMED TO CANADA’S NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM:
Michael DiPietro (Ottawa 67’s)
Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders)
Evan Bouchard (London Knights)
Josh Brook (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Noah Dobson (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Jared McIsaac (Halifax Mooseheads)
Markus Phillips (Owen Sound Attack)
Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs)
Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Spokane Chiefs)
Maxime Comtois (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
MacKenzie Entwistle (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Cody Glass (Portland Winterhawks)
Barrett Hayton (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Alexis Lafrenière (Rimouski Océanic)
Brett Leason (Prince Albert Raiders)
Jack Studnicka (Oshawa Generals)
Nick Suzuki (Owen Sound Attack)
Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Joe Veleno (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
Head Coach – Tim Hunter (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Assistant Coach – Marc-Andre Dumont (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
Assistant Coach – Jim Hulton (Charlottetown Islanders)
Assistant Coach – Brent Kisio (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
General Manager – Steve Staios (Hamilton Bulldogs)
For full coverage of the 2019 World Juniors visit iihf.com as well as hockeycanada.ca.