(ISN) – Toronto, ON – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, announced Saturday the 22 players who will be a part of Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, 10 of which play in the Western Hockey League.
Canada roster includes two goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards. The final roster for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship must be officially submitted to the IIHF by Dec. 25.
This year, the Western Hockey League will provide 10 players to the National Junior Team. Josh Morrissey (Calgary, AB / Prince Albert Raiders), Nic Petan (Delta, BC / Portland Winterhawks) and Sam Reinhart (West Vancouver, BC / Kootenay ICE) will each return to Team Canada after representing Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden.
Eric Comrie (Edmonton, AB / Tri-City Americans) will be one of two goaltenders on Team Canada while Brayden Point (Calgary, AB / Moose Jaw Warriors) and Jake Virtanen (Abbotsford, BC / Calgary Hitmen) will be part of the forward group along with Petan and Reinhart.
Five of the seven defencemen named to Canada’s National Junior Team hail from the WHL. In addition to Morrissey, Madison Bowey (Winnipeg, MB / Kelowna Rockets), Dillon Heatherington (Calgary, AB / Swift Current Broncos), Joe Hicketts (Kamloops, BC / Victoria Royals) and Shea Theodore (Aldergrove, BC / Seattle Thunderbirds) will all play Team Canada. WHL graduate Curtis Lazar (Vernon, BC / Ottawa, NHL) has also been named to the team.
The roster was finalized at the conclusion of both the Sport Chek selection camp (Dec. 11-14 in Toronto) and pre-competition camp (Dec. 15-19 in Toronto and St. Catharines, Ont.). The 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship takes place Dec. 26, 2014 to Jan. 5, 2015 in Toronto and Montreal, Que.
Prior to the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, Canada will play two more pre-tournament games as part of the RBC Road to the World Juniors, on Dec. 21 vs. Sweden in Ottawa, Ont., and Dec. 23 vs. Switzerland in Montreal. Canada was defeated 2-1 in overtime by Russia on Dec. 19 in Toronto.