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27 CHL Players Invited to Hockey Canada's National Junior Team Selection Camp

December 2, 2019 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) News Release

CALGARY, Alta. - With less than one month until the puck drops on the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, Hockey Canada has named the 31 players who have earned an invitation to Canada's National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp, set for Dec. 9-12 in Oakville, Ont.

The roster was selected by head scout Brad McEwen (Whitewood, Sask.), Shawn Bullock (Wainwright, Alta.), director of men's national teams for Hockey Canada, and Mark Hunter (Petrolia, Ont./London, OHL), the U20 lead for the Program of Excellence management group. Head coach Dale Hunter (Petrolia, Ont./London, OHL) and assistant coaches Mitch Love (Quesnel, B.C./Saskatoon, WHL), André Tourigny (Nicolet, Que./Ottawa, OHL) and Alan Letang (Renfrew, Ont./Owen Sound, OHL) also provided input, along with coaches and general managers across the Canadian Hockey League (CHL).

The players, including four goaltenders, 10 defencemen and 17 forwards, will compete for a chance to represent Canada at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic, Dec. 26-Jan. 5.

Among the 31 players are three returnees from the 2019 World Juniors - Alexis Lafrenière (Saint-Eustache, Que./Rimouski, QMJHL), Jared McIsaac (Truro, N.S./Halifax, QMJHL) and Ty Smith (Lloydminster, Alta./Spokane, WHL).

"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 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."

CHL Players Invited to Selection Camp:

Goaltenders:

Nico Daws (Guelph Storm)

Joel Hofer (Portland Winterhawks)

Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)

Olivier Rodrigue (Moncton Wildcats)

Defencemen:

Calen Addison (Lethbridge Hurricanes)

Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67's)

Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants)

Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters)

Thomas Harley (Mississauga Steelheads)

Jared McIsaac (Halifax Mooseheads)

Braden Schneider (Brandon Wheat Kings)

Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs)

Forwards:

Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves)

Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes)

Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds)

Aidan Dudas (Owen Sound Attack)

Nolan Foote (Kelowna Rockets)

Liam Foudy (London Knights)

Benoit-Olivier Groulx (Halifax Mooseheads)

Peyton Krebs (Winnipeg ICE)

Alexis Lafreniere (Rimouski Oceanic)

Raphael Lavoie (Halifax Mooseheads)

Connor McMichael (London Knights)

Dawson Mercer (Drummondville Voltigeurs)

Jakob Pelletier (Moncton Wildcats)

Cole Perfetti (Saginaw Spirit)

Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)

Canada's National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp will be held at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex 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 HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets, 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.

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 HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along through social media on Facebook, Twitter and #WorldJuniors.


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