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Canada announces roster for 2022 World Junior Championship

Connor Bedard Connor Bedard - The Canadian Press

Hockey Canada announced its 25-player roster for the 2022 World Junior Championship on Monday, to be played in Edmonton, Alta. from Aug. 9- Aug. 20.

The annual tournament, initially scheduled to take place from Dec. 26, 2021- Jan. 5, 2022 in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta., was cancelled after just three days due to a rise of COVID-19 Omicron variant cases amongst the 10 participating teams.

There will be some changes from the previous roster announced in December. Missing from the roster are forwards Xavier Bourgault, Mavrik Bourque, Dylan Guenther, Jake Neighbours, Cole Perfetti, Justin Sourdif, Shane Wright, and defencemen Kaiden Guhle, and Owen Power.

Replacing those players will be forwards William Dufour, Joshua Roy, Tyson Foerster, Riley Kidney, Nathan Gaucher, Brennan Othmann, Zack Ostapchuk, and defencemen Daemon Hunt, and Jack Thompson.

Highlighting Canada's roster will be 17-year-old phenom Connor Bedard, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Kent Johnson, and Anaheim Ducks prospect Mason McTavish.

Prior to the cancellation in December, Canadian fans were treated to a four-goal performance by a then 16-year-old Bedard against Austria, becoming only the sixth player to score four goals in a World Juniors game. McTavish dominated the first two games of the tournament scoring three goals and five points in two games, while Johnson also scored a goal in two games.

Canada will be a part of Group A which also consists of Slovakia, Finland, Czechia, and Latvia. Group B will include the United States, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, and Austria.

Russia was not invited to the tournament due to the ongoing war in the Ukraine and was replaced with Latvia.

You can watch all of Canada's games on TSN or stream on and the TSN App.

2022 World Juniors Team Canada Roster

Name Ht. Wt. Team
Sebastian Cossa 6'6" 215 Edmonton (WHL)
Brett Brochu 6’0” 176 London (OHL)
Dylan Garand 6’1” 181 Kamloops (WHL)
Ethan Del Mastro 6’4” 209 Mississauga (OHL)
Olen Zellweger 5’10” 175 Everett (WHL)
Carson Lambos 6’1” 197 Winnipeg (WHL)
Lukas Cormier 5’10” 176 Charlottetown (QMJHL)
Donovan Sebrango 6’2” 195 Grand Rapids (AHL)
Ronan Seeley 6’1” 192 Everett (WHL)
Jack Thompson 6’1” 185 Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
Ryan O'Rourke 6'0" 174 Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
Joshua Roy 6’0' 191 Sherbrooke (QMJHL)
Logan Stankoven 5’8” 170 Kamloops (WHL)
Tyson Foerster 6’1” 202 Barrie (OHL)
Riley Kidney 5’11” 173 A-Bathurst (QMJHL)
Kent Johnson 6’1” 165 Columbus (NHL)
Nathan Gaucher 6’3” 207 Quebec (QMJHL)
Brennan Othmann 6’0” 180 Flint (OHL)
Connor Bedard 5’9” 181 Regina (WHL)
Ridly Greig 6’0” 172 Brandon (WHL)
William Dufour 6’3” 205 Saint John (QMJHL)
Elliot Desnoyers 5’11” 172 Halifax (QMJHL)
Zack Ostapchuk 6’3” 198 Vancouver (WHL)
Will Cuylle 6'4" 210 Windsor (OHL)
Mason McTavish 6’1” 207 Hamilton (OHL)