Hockey Canada announces World Juniors selection camp roster

Canada's Cole Perfetti (11) celebrates his goal with teammates against Russia during first period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton on Monday, January 4, 2021. (Jason Franson/CP)

Hockey Canada has announced its list of 35 under-20 players bound for Canada's 2022 National Junior Team selection camp beginning Dec. 9 in Calgary.

The roster includes three returning players from the silver-medal 2021 World Junior team: Dylan Garand (G), Kaiden Guhle (D) and Cole Perfetti (F).

Among other notables: 2021 No. 1 NHL draft pick Owen Power, projected 2022 No. 1 overall pick Shane Wright and 2023 draft-eligible phenom Connor Bedard.

As reported by Jeff Marek on Tuesday, Brandt Clarke, the eighth overall pick in the 2021 NHL draft and the OHL's top-scoring defenceman, is not part of the selection camp roster. Quinton Byfield, who is out indefinitely with a left ankle fracture, was also kept off the roster despite playing for Team Canada in 2020 and 2021.

Six players representing Canadian NHL teams are on the list: Guhle (MTL), Xavier Bourgault (EDM), Ridly Greig (OTT), Perfetti (WPG), Joshua Roy (MTL) and Ryan Tverberg (TOR).

The 2022 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships take place in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta., and begin on Dec. 26, 2021, with the gold medal game on Jan. 5, 2022.

Canada will choose its 25-player roster following selection camp, and opens the IIHF men's under-20 tournament on Boxing Day versus the Czech Republic. Austria, Germany and Finland are also in Canada's pool.

Ottawa 67's head coach Dave Cameron will coach Canada. He was also head coach in 2011, when Canada lost the final 5-3 to Russia, in Buffalo, N.Y. Canada will play pre-tournament games Dec. 19 against Switzerland, Dec. 20 versus Sweden and Dec. 22 against Russia.

Last year, Canada fell in the gold medal game to the United States. Team USA announced its selection camp roster on Tuesday.

Canada selection camp roster

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