Malcolm Subban of the Belleville Bulls has been named Canada's starting goaltender for their World Junior pre-competition game against Finland on Thursday.
Catch the game live on TSN and TSN.ca Thursday at 9:30am et/6:30am pt. The game will be repeated on TSN at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt.
As stated by head coach Steve Spott, the starter's job is an open competition between Subban and Jordan Binnington of the Owen Sound Attack.
The Boston Bruins prospect, who is the younger brother of Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban, has a 15-7-3 record, 2.17 goals-against average and .932 save percentage with Belleville this season.
Jake Paterson of the Saginaw Spirit is the team's alternate goaltender, as this year's squad has brought a third goaltender for insurance against injury and because of the travel distance to south-central Russia.
Canada will be without forward Jonathan Huberdeau for Thursday's contest, as the Saint John Sea Dogs forward was suspended four games by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League earlier this month.
The IIHF will honour the suspension, which means Huberdeau must sit out all IIHF games until the Sea Dogs play their fourth game, which concludes Thursday. Huberdeau's suspension opens the door for Ty Rattie to jump up to the first line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
Canada opens the world junior tournament on Boxing Day against Germany (TSN, TSN Mobile TV and TSN.ca at 4am et/1am pt).