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On the occasion of the 40th World Junior Hockey Championship TSN and TSN.ca are asking you to name your choice for the greatest Canadian player based on his achievement and impact in the tournament. Check out each of the 100 candidates and their profiles and make your vote on Twitter with their corresponding hashtags. The Top 10 vote-getters will be revealed on TSN.ca prior to TSN's coverage of the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championship.


See The Candidates: Forwards | Defence | Goaltenders


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Defence

Nolan Baumgartner | Mathieu Biron | Luc Bourdon | Jay Bouwmeester | Patrice Brisebois | Brian Campbell | Wendel Clark | Carlo Colaiacovo | Sylvain Cote | Bobby Dollas | Drew Doughty | Ryan Ellis | Brandon Gormley | Greg Hawgood | Gord Kluzak | Kris Letang | Bryan McCabe | Scott Niedermayer | Dion Phaneuf | Chris Phillips | Alex Pietrangelo | Wade Redden | Jamie Rivers | Kris Russell | Marc Staal | PK Subban | Brent Tully | Shea Weber


Nolan Baumgartner -

Year GP G A PTS
1995 7 0 1 1
1996 6 1 1 2
TOTAL 13 1 2 3
Honours: All-Star (1996)
Finish: Gold (1995, 1996)

Notes of Distinction: Was Team Captain in 1996.


Mathieu Biron -

Year GP G A PTS
2000 7 0 0 0
TOTAL 7 0 0 0
Honours: All-Star (2000)
Finish: Bronze (2000)



Luc Bourdon -

Year GP G A PTS
2006 6 1 5 6
2007 6 2 2 4
TOTAL 12 3 7 10
Honours: All-Star (2006)
Finish: Gold (2006, 2007)

Notes of Distinction: Tied for team lead in defenceman points (2006).


Jay Bouwmeester -

Year GP G A PTS
2000 7 0 0 0
2001 7 0 2 2
2002 7 0 2 2
TOTAL 21 0 4 4
Honours: All-Star (2002)
Finish: Bronze (2000, 2001), Silver (2002)

Notes of Distinction: One of 4 Canadians with three WJC medals … Shares Canada record for most career games (21).


Patrice Brisebois -

Year GP G A PTS
1990 7 2 2 4
1991 7 1 6 7
TOTAL 14 3 8 11
Finish: Gold (1990, 1991)

Notes of Distinction: Led team in defenceman points in 1991 and tied for team lead in 1990.


Brian Campbell -

Year GP G A PTS
1999 7 1 1 2
TOTAL 7 1 1 2
Honours: All-Star (1999)
Finish: Silver (1999)



Wendel Clark -

Year GP G A PTS
1985 7 4 2 6
TOTAL 7 4 2 6
Finish: Gold (1985)



Notes of Distinction: Game-tying goal vs. Czechoslovakia ended up giving Canada gold medal. While Clark had a long NHL career as a forward, he was a defenceman in junior.


Carlo Colaiacovo -

Year GP G A PTS
2002 7 0 3 3
2003 6 1 9 10
TOTAL 13 1 12 13
Honours: All-Star (2003)
Finish: Silver (2002, 2003)

Notes of Distinction: Led team in assists, points (2003) … Earned points in 5 straight games in 2003 … Tied with Ellis for fourth-most points by WJC defenceman in single tournament.


Sylvain Cote -

Year GP G A PTS
1984 7 0 2 2
1986 7 1 4 5
TOTAL 14 1 6 7
Honours: All-Star (1986)
Finish: Fourth (1984), Silver (1986)

Notes of Distinction: Tied for team lead in defenceman points (1986).


Bobby Dollas -

Year GP G A PTS
1985 7 0 2 2
TOTAL 7 0 2 2
Honours: All-Star (1985)
Finish: Gold (1985)



Drew Doughty -

Year GP G A PTS
2008 7 0 4 4
TOTAL 7 0 4 4
Honours: Best Defenceman, All-Star (2008)
Finish: Gold (2008)



Ryan Ellis -

Year GP G A PTS
2009 6 1 6 7
2010 6 1 7 8
2011 7 3 7 10
TOTAL 19 5 20 25
Honours: Best Defenceman, All-Star (2011)
Finish: Gold (2009), Silver (2010, 2011)

Notes of Distinction: All-time WJC career defenceman assist leader … 3rd all-time in WJC career assists … Tied with Colaiacovo for fourth-most points by WJC defenceman in single tournament … One of 4 Canadians with three WJC medals … Captain 2011.


Brandon Gormley -

Year GP G A PTS
2012 6 3 3 6
TOTAL 6 3 3 6
Honours: Best Defenceman, All-Star (2012)
Finish: Bronze (2012)


Notes of Distinction: Led tournament in goals by defenceman … Tied for tournament lead in points by defenceman with teammate Dougie Hamilton (2-4-6).


Greg Hawgood -

Year GP G A PTS
1987 6 2 2 4
1988 7 1 8 9
TOTAL 13 3 10 13
Honours: All-Star (1988)
Finish: Disqualified (1987), Gold (1988)

Notes of Distinction: Led team in assists & points (1988) … Earned points in 7 of 8 games in 1988.


Gord Kluzak -

Year GP G A PTS
1982 7 0 1 1
TOTAL 7 0 1 1
Honours: Best Defenceman, All-Star (1982)
Finish: Gold (1982)



Kris Letang -

Year GP G A PTS
2006 6 1 2 3
2007 6 0 6 6
TOTAL 12 1 8 9
Honours: All-Star (2007)
Finish: Gold (2006, 2007)

Notes of Distinction: Led team in assists (2007) … Earned points in 5 of 6 games … Captain 2007.


Bryan McCabe -

Year GP G A PTS
1994 7 0 0 0
1995 7 3 9 12
TOTAL 14 3 9 12
Honours: Best Defenceman, All-Star (1995)
Finish: Gold (1994, 1995)

Notes of Distinction: Tied with Pietrangelo for second-most points by WJC defenceman in single tournament … Earned points in all 7 games.


Scott Niedermayer -

Year GP G A PTS
1991 7 0 0 0
1992 7 0 0 0
TOTAL 14 0 0 0
Honours: All-Star (1992)
Finish: Gold (1991), Sixth (1992)

Dion Phaneuf -

Year GP G A PTS
2004 6 2 2 4
2005 6 1 5 6
TOTAL 12 3 7 10
Honours: All-Star (2004), Best Defenceman, All-Star (2005)
Finish: Silver (2004), Gold (2005)

Notes of Distinction: Only two-time all-star defencemen for Canada and one of only four in history of tournament.


Chris Phillips -

Year GP G A PTS
1996 6 0 0 0
1997 7 0 1 1
TOTAL 13 0 1 1
Honours: All-Star (1997)
Finish: Gold (1996, 1997)

Alex Pietrangelo -

Year GP G A PTS
2009 6 1 2 3
2010 6 3 9 12
TOTAL 12 4 11 15
Honours: Best Defenceman, All-Star (2010)
Finish: Gold (2009), Silver (2010)

Notes of Distinction: Led team in assists (2010) … Earned points in all 6 games (2010) … Tied with McCabe for second-most points by WJC defenceman in single tournament


Wade Redden -

Year GP G A PTS
1995 7 3 2 5
1996 6 0 2 2
TOTAL 13 3 4 7
Finish: Gold (1995, 1996)


Jamie Rivers -

Year GP G A PTS
1995 7 3 3 6
TOTAL 7 3 3 6
Finish: Gold (1995)



Kris Russell -

Year GP G A PTS
2006 6 1 3 4
2007 6 4 2 6
TOTAL 12 5 5 10
Finish: Gold (2006, 2007)

Notes of Distinction: Tied for team lead in goals (2007).


Marc Staal -

Year GP G A PTS
2006 6 0 1 1
2007 6 0 0 0
TOTAL 12 0 1 1
Honours: Best Defenceman (2006)
Finish: Gold (2006, 2007)

PK Subban -

Year GP G A PTS
2008 7 0 0 0
2009 6 3 6 9
TOTAL 13 3 6 9
Honours: All-Star (2009)
Finish: Gold (2008, 2009)


Brent Tully -

Year GP G A PTS
1993 7 1 2 3
1994 7 0 1 1
TOTAL 14 1 3 4
Honours: All-Star (1993)
Finish: Gold (1993, 1994)

Notes of Distinction: Team Captain in 1994.


Shea Weber -

Year GP G A PTS
2005 6 0 0 0
TOTAL 6 0 0 0
Finish: Gold (2005)



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