WHL sends eight players to Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek selection camp


Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League is proud to announce today eight WHL players have been invited to Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp, scheduled for Monday, December 9 to Thursday, December 12 in Oakville, Ont.

Five first-round NHL Draft selections headline this year’s representation from the WHL, led by returning defenceman Ty Smith (Lloydminster, Alta. / Spokane Chiefs).

Joining Smith at the National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp are goaltender Joel Hofer (Winnipeg, Man. / Portland Winterhawks), defencemen Calen Addison (Brandon, Man. / Lethbridge Hurricanes), Bowen Byram (Cranbrook, B.C. / Vancouver Giants), Braden Schneider (Prince Albert, Sask. / Brandon Wheat Kings), along with forwards Dylan Cozens (Whitehorse, Yukon / Lethbridge Hurricanes), Nolan Foote (Kelowna, B.C. / Kelowna Rockets), and Peyton Krebs (Okotoks, Alta. / Winnipeg ICE).

WHL Invitees – Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp 

Goaltenders H W DOB Hometown WHL Club NHL
Joel Hofer 6’5” 172 7/30/2000 Winnipeg, Man. Portland Winterhawks STL ’18 (4-107)
Calen Addison 5’10” 180 4/11/2000 Brandon, Man. Lethbridge Hurricanes PIT ’18 (2-53)
Bowen Byram 6’1” 192 6/13/2001 Cranbrook, B.C. Vancouver Giants COL ’19 (1-4)
Braden Schneider 6’2” 210 9/20/2001 Prince Albert, Sask. Brandon Wheat Kings Eligible 2020
Ty Smith 5’11” 175 3/24/2000 Lloydminster, Alta. Spokane Chiefs NJD ’18 (1-17)
Dylan Cozens 6’3” 185 2/9/2001 Whitehorse, Yukon Lethbridge Hurricanes BUF ‘19 (1-7)
Nolan Foote 6’4” 200 11/29/2000 Kelowna, B.C. Kelowna Rockets TBL ’19 (1-27)
Peyton Krebs 5’11” 180 1/26/2001 Okotoks, Alta. Winnipeg ICE VGK ‘19



In total, Hockey Canada named four goaltenders, 10 defencemen, and 17 forwards to the 31-man roster.

“After a long evaluation process through summer camp, the early weeks of the CHL season and the Canada-Russia Series, we are nearing the final steps in selecting the roster that will represent Canada at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship,” said Hockey Canada’s Head Scout Brad McEwen. “We are expecting a highly competitive camp from these 31 players, and we know there will be many difficult decisions when it comes time to select the players who will wear the Maple Leaf in the Czech Republic.”

Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp will be held at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, home of the Oakville Blades of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, and will feature a pair of games against a team of U SPORTS all-stars on Dec. 11-12. Tickets for selection camp are available at, starting at $15 plus fees.

The 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship begins on Boxing Day when Canada takes on the United States at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcast partners, will air all 31 games at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, providing wall-to-wall game coverage and analysis throughout the tournament.

Canada has won 31 medals at the IIHF World Junior Championship since 1977, including 17 gold, nine silver and five bronze. Team Canada last took home gold in Buffalo in 2018.

For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Junior Team and the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, please visit, or follow along through social media on FacebookTwitter and #WorldJuniors.

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 350 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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