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Byram & Cozens named top players for Canada at 2021 World Juniors

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Edmonton, Alta. – Vancouver Giants defenceman Bowen Byram and Lethbridge Hurricanes forward Dylan Cozens have been named two of Canada’s top three players for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Canada’s top-three players of the tournament were named following Monday’s 5-0 win over Russia.

Cozens, a 19-year-old product of Whitehorse, Yukon, has tallied 16 points (8G-8A) through six games in the tournament, including a three-point (1G-2A) performance in Monday’s semifinal victory.

In two consecutive years representing Canada at the World Junior Championship, Cozens – a prospect of the Buffalo Sabres – has appeared in 13 games and has 25 points (10G-15A) to his name – good enough to sit tied for fourth in all-time World Juniors scoring for Canada. Eric Lindros (31 points) is Canada’s all-time leading scorer at the World Junior Championship, while two WHL Alumni sit tied for second with 26 points – former Regina Pats forward Jordan Eberle and former Moose Jaw Warriors forward Brayden Point.

Byram, a 19-year-old product of Cranbrook, B.C., has been rock solid on the blueline for Canada. His five points (1G-4A) lead all Canadian defencemen, and his plus-14 rating has him perched atop the entire tournament, tied with teammate Thomas Harley (Mississauga Steelheads).

In two consecutive years representing Canada at the World Junior Championship, Byram – a prospect of the Colorado Avalanche – has appeared in 13 games and has seven points (1G-6A) under his belt.

Both Byram and Cozens were named co-captains of Canada’s U-20 squad in December after former Saskatoon Blades forward Kirby Dach, Canada’s original captain, left the tournament due to injury.

Byram and Cozens will look to lead Canada to a second consecutive gold medal on Tuesday night (7:30 p.m. MT). Canada will face the winner between the United States and Finland (Monday at 7:30 p.m. MT).

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