Canadian roster set for world junior hockey championship

BRNO, CZECH REPUBLIC—Benoit-Olivier Groulx of the Halifax Mooseheads was the final cut as Canada finalized its roster ahead of the world junior hockey championship.

The Canadians will carry three goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards.

Barrett Hayton, Alex Lafrenière, Jared McIsaac, Ty Smith and Joe Veleno are all returning from the team that finished sixth at last year’s tournament, which was held in Vancouver and Victoria. It also includes Quinton Byfield and Jamie Drysdale, who won a silver medal with Canada’s under-18 team at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

“The management group and coaches have done a terrific job working with the players and finalizing the roster,” said Shawn Bullock, director of men’s national teams with Hockey Canada. “This team has a lot of skill, international experience and, most importantly, is a group of quality young men.”

The puck will drop on Boxing Day when Canada takes on the United States in the Czech Republic.

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