Calgary, Alta. – Hockey Canada has named nine Western Hockey League players– including Saskatoon Blades’ goaltender, Nolan Maier– to Team Canada’s roster for the upcoming 2019 IIHF U18 World Championship, scheduled for April 18-28 in Örnsköldsvik and Umeå, Sweden.
From the 23-player roster, WHL players will represent two of the three goaltenders, three of the seven defencemen, and four of 13 forwards.
WHL players on the roster include forwards Dylan Cozens (Whitehorse, Yukon / Lethbridge Hurricanes), Peyton Krebs (Okotoks, Alta. / Winnipeg ICE), Brayden Tracey (Calgary, Alta. / Moose Jaw Warriors), and Connor Zary (Saskatoon, Sask. / Kamloops Blazers). On defence, Daemon Hunt (Brandon, Man. / Moose Jaw Warriors), Kaedan Korczak (Yorkton, Sask. / Kelowna Rockets) and Braden Schneider (Prince Albert, Sask. / Brandon Wheat Kings) will represent the WHL. Goaltenders Taylor Gauthier (Calgary, Alta. / Prince George Cougars) and Nolan Maier (Yorkton, Sask. / Saskatoon Blades) and were named among the team’s trio of goaltenders.
This year’s roster includes several players high on NHL Central Scouting final rankings. Of the WHL players attending, Cozens ranks as the top draft-eligible prospect, ranked fifth in North America by NHL Central Scouting. Krebs is ranked tenth among North American skaters. Also on the radar for the NHL Draft is Tracey, ranked 21st among North American skaters while Korczak is ranked 32nd. Gauthier is ranked sixth among North American goaltenders and Maier is ranked 22nd.
Of the 23 players on this year’s roster, six won gold with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, including Cozens, Gauthier, Krebs, Korczak, Maier and Schneider.
Last week, Hockey Canada named Winnipeg ICE captain Peyton Krebs and Lethbridge Hurricanes forward Dylan Cozens to the leadership group for Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team.
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In addition to the nine players, the WHL will be represented on the team staff by Alan Millar (Tottenham, Ont. / Moose Jaw Warriors) who is serving with the team’s management group, assistant coach Dave Struch (Flin Flon, Man. / Regina Pats), goaltending consultant Adam Brown (Kelowna, B.C. / Kelowna Rockets), and team physician Dr. Barry Wiens (Red Deer, Alta. / Red Deer Rebels).
Canada will look to claim gold for the first time since 2013 when it kicks off its tournament schedule against Finland on Thursday, April 18 at 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT. Canada will also match up against Switzerland, Belarus and the Czech Republic in the preliminary round before the tournament wraps up with the bronze and gold medal games on Sunday, April 28.
TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcast partners, will broadcast 15 games, including all of Team Canada’s match-ups at the IIHF U18 World Championship, all quarter-finals, both semifinals and the bronze and gold medal games.
Canada has won seven medals at the IIHF U18 World Championship, including three gold (2003, 2008, 2013), one silver (2005) and three bronze (2012, 2014, 2015).
For more information on Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on Facebook, Twitter and Twitter.com/HC_Men.
About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.