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Thirteen WHL players to represent Canada at 2022 IIHF U18 World Championship

Calgary, Alta. –  13 Western Hockey League players have been named to the Team Canada roster for the upcoming 2022 IIHF World U18 Championship, scheduled for April 23 – May 1 in Landshut and Kaufbeuren, Germany.

Hockey Canada announced the roster of 25 players Monday afternoon.

 

 

WHL Players – Canadian IIHF World U18 Championship Roster

Last Name First Name Team Hometown Height Weight Position
Buenaventura Ethan Calgary Hitmen Winnipeg, Man. 6’1” 198 G
Dyck Reid Swift Current Broncos Winkler, Man. 6’4” 193 G
Dragicevic Lukas Tri-City Americans Richmond, B.C. 6’2” 181 D
Parker Kalem Victoria Royals Clavet, Sask. 6’0” 188 D
Pickering Owen Swift Current Broncos St. Adolphe, Man. 6’5” 178 D
Siepmann Grayden Calgary Hitmen Abbotsford, B.C. 5’11” 180 D
Bedard Connor Regina Pats North Vancouver, B.C. 5’9” 181 F
Davies Josh Swift Current Broncos Airdrie, Alta. 5’10” 195 F
Filmon Josh Swift Current Broncos Winnipeg, Man. 6’2” 159 F
Howe Tanner Regina Pats Prince Albert, Sask. 5’8” 176 F
Hvidston Connor Swift Current Broncos Tisdale, Sask. 6’1” 165 F
Schuurman Brayden Victoria Royals Abbotsford, B.C. 5’9” 188 F
Ward Mathew Swift Current Broncos Kamloops, B.C. 5’8” 153 F

 

Of the 13 WHL players invited, one (Bedard) is a returnee from the Team Canada squad that won the gold medal at the 2021 IIHF U18 Championship in Frisco and Plano, Texas.

The Swift Current Broncos boast six invitees, while the Calgary Hitmen, Regina Pats and Victoria Royals will be represented with two players each. The Tri-City Americans have one player named to the Canadian roster for the 2022 IIHF U18 World Championship.

Seven of the WHL players named to the Canadian roster were named to NHL Central Scouting’s Mid-Season Rankings ahead of the 2022 NHL Draft.

In addition to the 13 players taking part in the National Junior Team Selection Camp, the WHL will be further represented by goaltending consultant Brad Kirkwood (Calgary Hitmen).

Canada will open preliminary round play at the 2022 U18 World Championship Saturday, April 23 versus the United States. The Canadian squad will then face hosts Germany Sunday, April 24 before winding up the round-robin portion of the event Tuesday, April 26 against Czechia.

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Junior Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 375 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.

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