Hockey Canada announces men’s world championship roster

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Roberto Luongo smiles as he speaks during a news conference. (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

Hockey Canada announced Friday its 25-player roster for the upcoming men’s 2021 IIHF World Championship in Riga, Latvia.

The roster includes three goaltenders, eight defencemen and 14 forwards. Only four players of the 25 have previously played for Team Canada at the World Championships, and 10 have represent the country at the World Juniors.

Owen Power, a 2021 draft-eligible prospect ranked No. 1 on Sam Consentino’s draft rankings, will notably join the team.

Vancouver Canucks netminder Michael DiPietro, Calgary Flames forwards Dillon Dubé and Andrew Mangiapane, Ottawa Senators defenceman Jacob Bernard-Docker and forwards Connor Brown and Nick Paul, and Winnipeg Jets prospect Cole Perfetti are the representatives of Canadian NHL teams.

Bernard-Docker was a late addition to the roster on Friday, replacing Kevin Bahl, who is unable to participate due to injury.

Gerard Gallant is head coach of Team Canada while former NHL goaltender Roberto Luongo is general manager.

“Hockey Canada is excited to announce the 25 players that have been selected to wear the Maple Leaf at the 2021 IIHF World Championship. We know the players and staff will represent Canada with pride as they compete for a gold medal in Latvia,” said Luongo in a press release.

“Our roster combines veteran leadership with a lot of young talent, and we are excited for a number of players who have the opportunity to represent their country for the first time.”

The tournament will run from May 21-June 6. Canada opens against host Latvia on May 21, and will also take on Italy, Finland, Germany, Kazakhstan, Norway and the United States in the preliminary round.

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