FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, December 11th, 2020
*With Files from Hockey Canada
RED DEER, Alta. – Following a 26-day selection camp that was interrupted by a mandatory two-week quarantine, 25 players have been named to Canada’s National Junior Team for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, Dec. 25-Jan. 5 in Edmonton, Alta.
The final roster, which includes three goaltenders, eight defencemen, and 14 forwards, was selected by Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.), senior vice-president of national teams for Hockey Canada, with assistance from Alan Millar (Tottenham, Ont./Moose Jaw, WHL), the U20 lead for the Program of Excellence management group, and Ben Shutron (Orleans, Ont.), manager of national teams for Hockey Canada. Head coach André Tourigny (Nicolet, Que./Ottawa, OHL) and assistant coaches Tyler Dietrich (West Vancouver, B.C./Saskatoon, WHL), Michael Dyck (Lethbridge, Alta./Vancouver, WHL) and Mitch Love (Quesnel, B.C./Saskatoon, WHL) also provided input into the final roster selections.
Defenceman Jordan Spence (Cornwall, PE) and Team Staff Kevin Elliott (Charlottetown, PE) were amongst those named to the final roster on Friday.
Cornwall’s Jordan Spence (Moncton Wildcats, QMJHL) 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 U15 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. This is the second opportunity Spence will have to represent Hockey Canada at the National level, having competed at the World U18 Championships in 2018-19 where he recorded 1 goal and 2 assists in 7 games played.
“We are excited to hear Jordan’s name announced amongst some of the top 25 Junior hockey players in the country today. He has worked tirelessly for this moment and has patiently followed and trusted the process since day one. We know this is an important moment for him and his family and we couldn’t be happier for them. Representing your country is no easy task, but we are confident Jordan will do so with great pride”. – Connor Cameron, Executive Director of Hockey PEI.
Charlottetown resident Kevin Elliott (Charlottetown Islanders, QMJHL), long-time Athletic Therapist with Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence and National Teams was named to serve as Athletic Therapist for Canada’s World Junior team and will join the team inside the Edmonton bubble over the holidays. Elliott, a long-time Athletic Therapist with the Charlottetown Islanders of the QMJHL is no stranger to the World Junior event having attended multiple times along with being on team staff for Men’s World Championships, Spengler Cups and has spent time in the National Hockey League with the Florida Panthers.
“Our branch would also like to acknowledge Charlottetown resident Kevin Elliott for being named to Canada’s World Junior Team Staff. This is yet another example of Kevin’s trusted professionalism and elite services that he is well known for and continues to provide at the National stage. We are lucky to have Kevin as part of our hockey family here on PEI and wish him all the best with Jordan and the entire team in Edmonton”. – Connor Cameron, Executive Director of Hockey PEI.
With the announcement of the final roster today, six returning players won gold at the 2020 World Juniors – Quinton Byfield (Newmarket, Ont./Sudbury, OHL), Bowen Byram (Cranbrook, B.C./Vancouver, WHL), Dylan Cozens (Whitehorse, Y.T./Lethbridge, WHL), Jamie Drysdale (Toronto, Ont./Erie, OHL), Connor McMichael (Ajax, Ont./London, OHL) and Dawson Mercer (Bay Roberts, N.L./Chicoutimi, QMJHL).
“This camp has been unconventional from the outset with the number of players invited and the length of camp, along with the schedule adjustment due to our two-week shutdown, but we feel we have selected a group that will give us the best chance to defend our gold medal on home ice,” said Alan Millar, U20 Program of Excellence with Hockey Canada. “It is never easy making decisions to trim down a roster, especially when every player handled adversity, faced challenges head-on, and remained committed to the process through our off-ice workouts and Zoom sessions. We have a lot of people to thank, including the people of Red Deer, the Red Deer Rebels (WHL), and Alberta Health Services, who worked with us to always ensure the health and safety of our athletes, staff, and the community at large, and we look forward to representing Canada in Edmonton.”
The 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship begins on Christmas Day with three games before Canada kicks off its tournament schedule on Dec. 26 against Germany at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will broadcast all 28 tournament games and the 10 pre-tournament games that begin Dec. 20. TSN Radio will also provide comprehensive tournament coverage, including all Team Canada pre-tournament and tournament games through to the gold medal game.
Canada has captured 18 gold medals at the IIHF World Junior Championship (1982, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2015, 2018, 2020), in addition to 11 silver (1975, 1976, 1977, 1986, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2017) and six bronze (1974, 1978, 1983, 2000, 2001, 2012).
Hockey PEI would like to congratulate both Jordan and Kevin on this amazing accomplishment for both of their respective careers.
For more information from the International Ice Hockey Federation, please visit the official tournament website at 2021.worldjuniors.hockey.
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