Canada Invites 32 To WJC Camp

Team Canada took the first steps to naming their team for the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Montreal and Toronto by naming 32 players to their selection camp. The camp takes place from December 10-14 in Blaineville Quebec.

The camp roster consists of 19 forwards, 10 defensemen and three goalies. When it comes to CHL participation, the WHL has the most players announced to the roster. The OHL and QMJHL both have nine players on the roster, while the NCAA is represented by two players. Five players named to the camp are returnees from the 2016 World Juniors in Helsinki, Finland. The Tampa Bay Lightning are the most represented NHL team with six players on the roster.

Canada certainly won’t ice as good a roster as it could with a lot of eligible players currently playing with their NHL teams. Names like Connor McDavid, Mitch Marner, Travis Konecny and Jakob Chychryn are not going to be made available. While there are a few players that could be loaned, Canada isn’t holding their breath. As it is, they really don’t need to as whatever team comes out of this camp will still be pretty good. Good enough to capture gold? That’s what we’ll have to wait to find out.

Here’s the 32-man roster.


Carter Hart Philadelphia Flyers
Carter Hart (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Carter Hart – Everett Silvertips (WHL)

NHL Team: Philadelphia Flyers

Connor Ingram – Kamloops Blazers (WHL)

NHL Team: Tampa Bay Lightning

Michael McNiven – Owen Sound Attack (OHL)

NHL Team: Montreal Canadiens


Jake Bean – Calgary Hitmen (WHL)

NHL Team: Carolina Hurricanes

Guillaume Brisebois – Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL)

Thomas Chabot
Thomas Chabot (David Connell/Saint John Sea Dogs)

NHL Team: Vancouver Canucks

Thomas Chabot – Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

NHL Team: Ottawa Senators

Dante Fabbro – Boston College (NCAA)

NHL Team: Nashville Predators

Kale Clague – Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

NHL Team: Los Angeles Kings

Samuel Girard – Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)

NHL Team: Nashville Predators

Noah Juulsen – Everett Silvertips (WHL)

NHL Team: Montreal Canadiens

Jeremy Lauzon – Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)

NHL Team: Boston Bruins

Victor Mete of the London Knights
Victor Mete (courtesy London Knights)

Victor Mete – London Knights (OHL)

NHL Team: Montreal Candiens

Philippe Myers – Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)

NHL Team: Philadelphia Flyers


Matthew Barzal – Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)

NHL Team: New York Islanders

Anthony Cirelli – Oshawa Generals (OHL)

NHL Team: Tampa Bay Lightning

Dillon Dube – Kelowna Rockets (WHL)

NHL Team: Calgary Flames

Pierre-Luc Dubois
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Pierre-Luc Dubois – Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)

NHL Team: Columbus Blue Jackets

Julien Gauthier – Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL)

NHL Team: Carolina Hurricanes

Brett Howden – Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)

NHL Team: Tampa Bay Lightning

Mathieu Joseph – Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

NHL Team: Tampa Bay Lightning

Tyson Jost – University of North Dakota (NCAA)

NHL Team: Colorado Avalanche

Michael McLeod
Michael McLeod of the Mississauga Steelheads. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Michael McLeod – Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)

NHL Team: New Jersey Devils

Nick Merkley – Kelowna Rockets (WHL)

NHL Team: Arizona Coyotes

Nolan Patrick – Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

NHL Status: 2017 Draft-eligible

Taylor Raddysh – Erie Otters (OHL)

NHL Team: Tampa Bay Lightning

Nicolas Roy – Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)

NHL Team: Carolina Hurricanes

Zach Sensyshyn – Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)

NHL Team: Boston Bruins

Blake Speers
Soo’s Blake Speers. Photo: Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Blake Speers – Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)

NHL Team: New Jersey Devils

Sam Steel – Regina Pats (WHL)

NHL Team: Anaheim Ducks

Mitchell Stephens – Saginaw Spirit (OHL)

NHL Team: Tampa Bay Lightning

Dylan Strome – Erie Otters (OHL)

NHL Status: Arizona Coyotes

Austin Wagner – Regina Pats (WHL)

NHL Team: Los Angeles Kings