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Honourary captains named for 2015 World Juniors

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TSN.ca Staff
12/13/2013 3:14:07 PM
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Hockey Canada has named the honourary captains for the 2015 World Junior Championship, which will be held in Toronto and Montreal beginning Dec. 26, 2014.

Wendel Clark and Gary Roberts will represent Toronto, while Martin Lapointe and Marc Denis will represent Montreal.

Clark, who was known for his grit and physical play throughout his NHL days, helped Canada's national team take the gold medal at the 1985 World Junior Hockey Championships. The defenceman-turned-forward played left wing for Team Canada and scored the game-tying goal in the tournament's final game versus Finland to clinch the gold medal.

Roberts played his final junior season in 1985-86, a season in which he played with the Canadian junior team at the 1986 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. Roberts finished second on the team with six goals for the silver medal-winning Canadians.

Lapointe is one of just seven players to ever compete in three World Juniors for Canada. Despite preferring to call on 18 and 19-year-olds for the tournament, the Canadian coaching staff saw something special in the 17-year-old Lapointe heading into the 1991 WJC in Saskatoon.

Denis backed up Montreal Canadiens netminder Jose Theodore when Canada won gold at the 1996 World Junior Championship then was named the top goaltender at the 1997 tournament after leading his country to gold the following year.

Montreal and Toronto will co-host the 2015 and 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships, marking the 11th and 12th times Canada has hosted the event. Past Canadian host cities include Calgary and Edmonton, Alta. (2012); Regina and Saskatoon, Sask. (2010); Ottawa, Ont. (2009); Vancouver, Kamloops and Kelowna, B.C. (2006); Halifax and Sydney, N.S. (2003); Winnipeg, Man. (1999); Red Deer, Alta. (1995); Saskatoon, Sask. (1991); Hamilton, Ont. (1986) and Montreal, Que. (1978).

Both cities will host a preliminary round group at each event, with Toronto hosting the medal round in 2015 and Montreal hosting the medal round in 2017. Canada's National Junior Team will be based in Montreal for the round robin in 2015, and in Toronto in 2017.

The IIHF World Junior Championship will also be hosted in Canada in 2019 and 2021 as a part of an agreement that Hockey Canada worked out with the International Ice Hockey Federation and was approved at the IIHF's congress in 2009.

Gary Roberts (Photo: Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)
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