The Vancouver Giants in conjunction with Hockey Canada are thrilled to announce that 2002-born forward/team captain Justin Sourdif (Surrey, B.C.) has been invited to attend Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp ahead of the 2022 IIHF World Juniors in Edmonton and Red Deer, AB. Sourdif, a forward, was one of 35 players, 21 forwards and 15 WHL players invited to the camp which begins on December 9th in Calgary, AB.
“Justin Sourdif is fully deserving of the opportunity to attend Canada’s World Junior selection camp and on behalf of the entire organization, we wish him the best and we know that he’ll be a first class representative of the Western Hockey League and the Vancouver Giants,” said Vancouver Giants GM Barclay Parneta.
Sourdif, a signed prospect of the Florida Panthers currently leads the Vancouver Giants in scoring with 24 points (8G, 16A). Additionally he leads the Giants with a +13 rating, nine multi-point games and three game-winning goals. Over the course of his current five-game point streak, Sourdif has produced three goals and four assists for seven points. Last year in 22 games, he led all B.C. Division skaters with 34 points (11G, 23A) and was named the B.C. Division’s Player of the Year. In 164 career regular season WHL games (all with Vancouver) Sourdif has registered 68 goals and 90 assists for 158 points along with a +79 rating.
Internationally Sourdif is no stranger to representing Canada, having earned a Silver Medal during the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup. He was also an alternate captain with Team Canada Red at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Justin Sourdif will be joined at the Selection Camp by Giants head coach Michael Dyck and Athletic Therapist Mike Burnstein, both of whom will be representing Canada on the World Junior team’s staff as an assistant coach and athletic therapist respectively.
Per Hockey Canada’s release earlier today:
The roster was selected by Alan Millar (Tottenham, Ont.), director of player personnel, and James Boyd (Midland, Ont./Ottawa, OHL), the U20 lead for the Program of Excellence management group, with support from Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.), senior vice-president of national teams. Head coach Dave Cameron (Kinkora, P.E.I./Ottawa, OHL), and assistant coaches Michael Dyck (Lethbridge, Alta./Vancouver, WHL), Louis Robitaille (Montreal, Que./Gatineau, QMJHL) and Dennis Williams (Stratford, Ont./Everett, WHL), as well as goaltending consultant Olivier Michaud (Beloeil, Que./Drummondville, QMJHL), also provided input, along with coaches and general managers across the CHL.
“We are excited to unveil the 35 players who will compete for a spot on Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship, and to continue working towards winning a gold medal on home ice,” said Millar. “We know our athletes and staff are ready for a highly-competitive selection camp, and we look forward to assembling a group that will wear the Maple Leaf with pride and embrace the opportunity to once again compete in front of fans in Alberta.”
The 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship begins on Boxing Day with Canada kicking off its tournament schedule against the Czech Republic. In addition to its opening-night match-up, Canada will also play Austria on Dec. 28, Germany on Dec. 29 and Finland on Dec. 31 to wrap up preliminary-round action. All Team Canada games will be played at 5 p.m. MT/7 p.m. ET.