CALGARY, Alta. – With less than two months until the puck drops on the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), has announced a roster of 46 players who have earned an invitation to Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp, set for Nov. 16-Dec. 13 in Red Deer, Alta.
The roster selection was led by Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.), senior vice-president of national teams for Hockey Canada, with assistance from Ben Shutron (Orleans, Ont.), manager of national teams for Hockey Canada, and Alan Millar (Tottenham, Ont./Moose Jaw, WHL), the U20 lead for the Program of Excellence management group. Head coach André Tourigny (Nicolet, Que./Ottawa, OHL) and assistant coaches Michael Dyck (Lethbridge, Alta./Vancouver, WHL) and Mitch Love (Quesnel, B.C./Saskatoon, WHL) provided input, along with coaches and general managers across the CHL.
The players, including five goaltenders, 15 defencemen, and 26 forwards, will compete for a chance to represent Canada at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, Dec. 25-Jan. 5 in Edmonton, Alta.
Among the 46 players is Cornwall PEI’s Jordan Spence (Moncton Wildcats, QMJHL). Spence is a graduate of Hockey PEI’s High Performance Program participating in both the U14 and U15 male program along with the U16 Team PEI QMJHL/Gatorade Challenge team. Growing up, Spence played his Major Bantam career with the Mid Isle Matrix before joining the Charlottetown Major U18 Club in 2017. He would then go on to play 52 games with the Summerside Western Capitals of the MHL and has been with the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL since 2018. Spence is a draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings, taken In the 4th round, 95th overall in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
“We are excited, but not shocked to see Jordan’s name listed amongst Canada’s top junior players who have been selected to attend a selection camp for one of the most prestigious events in Hockey. Jordan is a leader both on the ice and in the community and has developed immensely while creating an identity for himself patrolling the blue line in Moncton. We want to wish him the best of luck at camp and look forward to watching and supporting his career moving forward. – Connor Cameron, Hockey PEI High Performance Program Director.
Hockey PEI is the governing body for organized hockey in Prince Edward Island. Hockey PEI’s main purpose is to foster, promote, develop, supervise, regulate, and govern the sport of amateur hockey throughout Prince Edward Island. For more on Hockey PEI and its programs visit www.hockeypei.com or contact:
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