Kim Boutin (Sherbrooke, Que.), winner of eight World Cup medals so far this season, will be back in action. The triple Olympic medalist withdrew from the ISU Four Continents Championships in Montreal at the beginning of the month in order to rest her injured knee. Veteran national team member Charles Hamelin (Saint-Julie, Que.), who sat out the last two World Cups, will also make his return.
They will be joined by a pair of skaters who reached the overall podium at the inaugural Four Continents Championships in Steven Dubois (Lachenaie, Que.) and Courtney Sarault (Moncton, N.B.). Dubois and Sarault are also the only Canadians to reach the World Cup podium this season outside of Boutin, with a combined five individual distance medals to their names.
Meanwhile, Alphonse Ouimette (Spencerville, Ont.) will make his World Cup debut in Dresden, becoming the first Ontario native to skate on the international circuit since Patrick Duffy and William Preudhomme did so during the 2016-17 season.
The 24-year-old Ouimette will be replaced at the final event in Dordrecht by William Dandjinou (Verdun, Que.), who is representing Canada at the ISU World Junior Short Track Championships in Bormio, Italy this weekend.
The full list of athletes who will compete at the ISU World Cup Short Track events in Dresden and Dordrecht can be found below:
- Kim Boutin (Sherbrooke, Que.)
- Courtney Sarault (Moncton, N.B.)
- Alyson Charles (Montreal, Que.)
- Danaé Blais (Châteauguay, Que.)
- Claudia Gagnon (La Baie, Que.)
- Rikki Doak (Fredericton, N.B.)
- Steven Dubois (Lachenaie, Que.)
- Charles Hamelin (Saint-Julie, Que.)
- Pascal Dion (Montréal, Que.)
- Jordan Pierre-Gilles (Sherbrooke, Que.)
- Cédrik Blais (Châteauguay, Que.)
- Alphonse Ouimette (Spencerville, Ont.)
- William Dandjinou (Verdun, Que.)