Team Canada has made its first cuts as it narrows down who will wear the maple leaf at the upcoming World Junior Hockey Championship.
Forwards Ty Dellandrea and Raphael Lavoie, and defencemen Cameron Crotty and Calen Addison were released after Canada lost 5-3 to a team of U Sports all-stars Thursday night.
Dellandrea, 18, was a first-round pick of the Dallas Stars in 2018. A centre for the Flint Firebirds, he has 13 goals and 29 points in 28 OHL games this season.
Lavoie, 18, will be eligible to be drafted in 2019 and Sportsnet’s Sam Cosentino had him ranked eighth in his most recent NHL Draft rankings. He has 14 goals and 31 points in 29 games this season with the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL.
Crotty, 19, was a third-round pick by the Arizona Coyotes in 2017. He has one goal and 21 penalty minutes in 15 games with Boston University this season.
Addison, 18, was a second-round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2018. He plays for the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL, where he has four goals and 31 points in 30 games this season.
Dellandrea, Lavoie and Addison will still be eligible to play in the world juniors next year.
Canada still has to cut one goalie, three defencemen and four forwards by Dec. 19. The tournament begins on Dec. 26 in Vancouver and Victoria, when Canada will take on Denmark.