Take a look at the stats and facts on the 23 players who will be looking to defend Canadian gold when the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship gets underway
on Boxing Day in Helsinki, Finland.
1 – undrafted player. Julien Gauthier’s October birthday left him 30 days too young to be eligible for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. NHL Central Scouting’s
Players to Watch for the 2016 Draft rates the Val-d’Or Foreurs forward as a first-round candidate.
1 – player who competed at the World Junior A Challenge. Brandon Hickey won a bronze medal with Canada West in 2013.
2 – Canadian Hockey League teams with multiple representatives: the Kingston Frontenacs (Lawson Crouse, Roland McKeown) and the Erie Otters (Travis
Dermott, Dylan Strome)
3 – players wearing a Team Canada jersey for the first time: goaltenders Mackenzie Blackwood and Samuel Montembeault and defenceman Travis Dermott
3 – players who’ve competed in the TELUS Cup, Canada’s National Midget Championship. Brandon Hickey played with the host Leduc Oil Kings in 2012. Rourke
Chartier won a bronze medal with the Saskatoon Contacts in 2012; Julien Gauthier with the Rousseau Royal de Laval-Montréal in 2013.
4 – players who have worn the C on a Canadian jersey. Joe Hicketts captained Canada at the 2012 Youth Olympic Games and Pacific at the 2013 World Under-17
Hockey Challenge; Travis Konecny led Ontario at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge; and Roland McKeown (2014) and Mitchell Stephens (2015) each led
Canada to bronze medals at the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship.
4 – players (Lawson Crouse, Joe Hicketts, Brayden Point and Jake Virtanen) returning from last year’s National Junior Team, which won Canada’s 16th gold
medal at a IIHF World Junior Championship
7 – players who are captains of their respective CHL teams: Anthony Beauvillier (Shawinigan Cataractes), Joe Hicketts (Victoria Royals), Travis Konecny
(Ottawa ’67s), Mitchell Marner (London Knights), Roland McKeown (Kingston Frontenacs), Brayden Point (Moose Jaw Warriors) and Dylan Strome (Erie Otters)
9 – players from the Ontario Hockey League, the most represented league on this year’s team. Seven players come from the Western Hockey League, five from
the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, one from the NCAA and one from the National Hockey League.
9 –players from Ontario, the most represented province. The roster also includes players from Quebec (4), Alberta (3), British Columbia (3), Saskatchewan
(2), Manitoba (1) and Nova Scotia (1).
12 – first-round NHL draft picks, the highest being Dylan Strome, picked third overall by the Arizona Coyotes in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft
19 – gold medals that members of this year’s team have collectively won wearing the red and white. Players have won gold at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18
World Championship (1); 2013 (7) and 2014 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup (7); and 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship (4).
204 – goals scored so far this season by the 20 skaters. Julien Gauthier, the youngest member of Canada’s National Junior Team, has found the back of the
net more than any other player on the roster, 29 times for the Val-d’Or Foreurs.
566 – points put up so far this season by the skaters. Mitchell Marner leads the way, with 58 points for the London Knights.