10 Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) alumni have been named to the Team Canada U20 team that will compete at the 2022 World Juniors.
The 25-man roster, which includes three goaltenders, 8 defencemen and 14 forwards, will represent Canada at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship, December 26-Jan. 5 in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta.
Among the 25 players include 10 CSSHL alumni:
- Connor Bedard – Regina Pats/WHL (West Van Academy)
- Dylan Garand – Kamloops Blazers/WHL (Delta Hockey Academy)
- Dylan Guenther – Edmonton Oil Kings/WHL (Northern Alberta Xtreme)
- Kaiden Guhle – Edmonton Oil Kings/WHL (OHA Edmonton)
- Kent Johnson – Michigan University/NCAA (BWC Academy)
- Carson Lambos – Winnipeg Ice/WHL (RINK Hockey Academy Winnipeg)
- Jake Neighbours – Edmonton Oil Kings/WHL (Pursuit of Excellence)
- Justin Sourdif – Vancouver Giants/WHL (Delta Hockey Academy)
- Logan Stankoven – Kamloops Blazers/WHL (Yale Hockey Academy)
- Olen Zellweger – Everett Silvertips/WHL (OHA Edmonton)
Both Garand and Guhle represented Canada at the 2021 World Juniors, taking home a silver medal after losing to the U.S.A in the Gold Medal game.
Bedard becomes just the seventh16-year-old, and first since Connor McDavid, to make the Canadian World Juniors roster. He joins the likes of Wayne Gretzky (1978), Eric Lindros (1990), Jason Spezza and Jay Bouwmeester (2000), Sidney Crosby (2004) and Connor McDavid (2014) in playing for Canada’s junior team at age 16
The 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship begins on Boxing Day with Canada kicking off its tournament schedule against the Czech Republic. In addition to its opening-night match-up, Canada will also play Austria on Dec. 28, Germany on Dec. 29 and Finland on Dec. 31 to wrap up preliminary-round action.