Wright, Bedard headline Canada's roster for U18 hockey worlds

Maple Leafs captain John Tavares gives a 'hats off' to 15-year old Connor Bedard for becoming only the 3rd double underager to make Canada's U18 team, behind himself and Connor McDavid.

Team Canada has announced its roster for the upcoming U-18 world hockey championships, with two exceptional status players leading the way.

Kingston Frontenacs star Shane Wright and Regina Pats rookie Connor Bedard headline the 25-man roster that will compete in the tournament, which runs from April 26-May 6 in Frisco and Plano, Texas.

The roster does not feature any players from the QMJHL as that league will be in the middle of its playoffs during the tournament.

In addition to the roster, Hockey Canada also announced that Dave Barr will serve as head coach of the team and Gordie Dwyer and Mike Strothers will work as his assistants.

“We are excited to announce the 25 players that have been selected to wear the Maple Leaf at the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship. Despite a difficult year for our players and staff, we are confident this group will represent our country with pride while giving us a chance to compete for a gold medal in Texas,” said director of player personal Alan Millar in a statement.

“We are also pleased to have Dave, Mike and Gordie as a part of our coaching staff, and to welcome a number of excellent support staff who bring unique skills to our team. We know the extensive experience of our coaching staff and the dedication of our support staff will greatly benefit our team at the world championship.”

Players will be required to self-isolate at home beginning April 12 and be tested three times before travelling to Texas on April 17. Once there, all team personnel will quarantine for four days in hotel rooms before taking the ice for a pre-tournament camp on April 21.

Canada will compete in Group A of the 10-team tournament, with Belarus, Latvia, Sweden and Switzerland while Group B will feature the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Russia and the United States.

Below is the full roster for Team Canada.

Forwards
Chase Stillman, Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
Brennan Othmann, Flint Firebirds (OHL)
Brett Harrison, Oshawa Generals (OHL)
Francesco Pinelli, Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
Danny Zhilkin, Guelph Storm (OHL)
Logan Stankoven, Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
Conner Roulette, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
Shane Wright, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
Cole Sillinger, Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL)
Connor Bedard, Regina Pats (WHL)
Wyatt Johnston, Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
Ryan Winterton, Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL)
Dylan Guenther, Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
Mason McTavish, Peterborough Petes (OHL)

Defencemen
Nolan Allan, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
Olen Zellweger, Everett Silvertips (WHL)
Corson Ceulemans, Brooks Bandits (AJHL)
Ethan Delmastro, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
Guillaume Richard, Tri-City Storm (USHL)
Jack Matier, Ottawa 67's (OHL)
Carson Lambos, Winnipeg Ice (WHL)

Goaltenders
Thomas Milic, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
Benjamin Gaudreau, Sarnia Sting (OHL)
Tyler Brennan, Prince George Cougars (WHL)

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