Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Canada names U18 World Championship team

Hockey Canada announced today the 20 players it's taking to the Czech Republic for the World Under 18 Championship that starts in 8 days.

The entire team can be found here. It's interesting that Canada has chosen to take 3 goalies and only 6 defenceman, meaning they'll be in tough should an injury pops up.

10 from the OHL, 7 from the WHL and 3 from the QMJHL make up the team, with 6 players returning from the gold medal winning team at the Ivan Hlnika tournament last summer.

What does stand out is the amount of 2013 draft eligible players on the squad. 4 players were 16 years old for most of the season, while 3 have late birthdays pushing them to next year. In the case of Anthony Mantha, he misses the draft by one day.


Brock Otten said...

Just to add guys, Craig Button is reporting (via twitter), that Hockey Canada will still name 3 players to the roster at a later date. That's probably where we'll get that 7th defenseman.

Eetu Huisman said...

Since they only have named 18 skaters, they still have room for three more. I guess they're waiting for some enforcements from the CHL playoffs...