As the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship approaches, Hockey Canada announced the players invited to attend the National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp beginning Nov. 16.
“Although this has been a difficult year for our athletes and staff, we are excited to unveil the 46 players who will compete for a spot on Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship,” Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada’s senior vice president of national teams, said in a news release.
“We know our athletes are excited for the opportunity to defend gold on home ice this year, and we expect a highly competitive selection camp with a number of difficult decisions to be made when it comes time to select the players who will wear the Maple Leaf in Edmonton in December.”
The 2021 edition returns to Canadian soil as Edmonton, Alberta, will serve as the host. Red Deer, Alberta, was originally scheduled to split hosting duties; however, because of the ongoing pandemic, the tournament will now be held in an NHL-style bubble in Edmonton. While the country enters with a world-best 18 gold medals, it did not win any the last time the tournament was held in its confines in 2019 (Vancouver and Victoria, B.C.).
Here’s everything to know about the selection camp and upcoming 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Who was invited to Canada’s 2021 World Juniors selection camp?
A total of 46 players were initially invited to Team Canada’s selection camp, which will be held from Nov. 16 to Dec. 13 in Red Deer, Alberta. The players, including five goaltenders, 15 defensemen and 26 forwards, will compete for a spot on head coach Andre Tourigny’s team.
Last year, Flames prospect Jakob Pelletier was expected to play for Canada but was injured prior to camp. Seven players who were cut from that 2020 camp will get a chance to wear the Maple Leafs in Edmonton: Thomas Harley, Dylan Holloway, Peyton Krebs, Alex Newhook, Cole Perfetti, Braden Schneider and Connor Zary.