Calgary, Alta. – Hockey Canada announced Monday that Pats star forward Connor Bedard will be apart of their 25 man roster for the 2022 IIHF World Junior Campionship, taking place August 9-20 in Edmonton, Alta.
Bedard, who turned 17 on July 17, enjoyed a very successful first full season in the WHL with the Pats in 2021-22, scoring 51 goals and 49 assists for 100 points in 62 games, finishing second in the WHL in goals and fourth in league scoring, leading to winning the Eastern Division Player of the Year award. The North Vancouver, B.C. product rejoins Canada’s U20 roster following an impressive showing in December prior to the rescheduling of the tournament, where he became the first 16-year-old player to register a hat trick for Canada at the World Junior Championship since Wayne Gretzky did it way back on Christmas Day in 1977 against Czechoslovakia. He also became the youngest player in World Juniors history to score four goals, setting a World Juniors single-game goal scoring record at the same time.
The 5-foot-9, 181 lb. forward has totaled 128 points (63G-65A) in 77 WHL games over two seasons.
Overall for Canada, three goaltenders, eight defencemen and 14 forwards were selected by Alan Millar (Tottenham, Ont.), director of player personnel, and James Boyd (Midland, Ont./Ottawa, OHL), the U20 lead for the Program of Excellence management group, with support from Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.), senior vice-president of hockey operations. Head coach Dave Cameron (Kinkora, P.E.I./Ottawa, OHL) and assistant coaches Michael Dyck (Lethbridge, Alta./Vancouver, WHL), Louis Robitaille (Montreal, Que./Gatineau, QMJHL) and Dennis Williams (Stratford, Ont./Everett, WHL), as well as goaltending consultant Olivier Michaud (Beloeil, Que./Drummondville, QMJHL), also provided input.
Among the 25 players is one player who won a silver medal at the 2021 World Juniors – Dylan Garand (Victoria, B.C./Kamloops, WHL).
“We are excited to unveil the 25 players who will represent Canada at the World Juniors, as we believe we have assembled a team that will give us the best chance to win a gold medal on home ice,” said Millar. “We know this group of players and staff will represent our country with pride and embrace the opportunity to compete in a unique summer event in Edmonton.”
The support staff that will return to Canada’s National Junior Team for the August 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship includes:
- Video coach Elliott Mondou (Grand-Mère, Que.)
- Athletic therapists Kevin Elliott (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) and Mike Burnstein (Hamilton, Ont./Vancouver, WHL)
- Team physician Dr. Barry Wiens (Red Deer, Alta./Red Deer, WHL)
- Equipment managers Brian St-Louis (Hull, Que./Baie-Comeau, QMJHL) and Chris Hamilton (Ottawa, Ont./Ottawa, OHL)
- Strength and conditioning coach Sean Young (Ennismore, Ont./Ottawa, OHL)
- Manager of hockey operations Benoit Roy (Sudbury, Ont.)
- Coordinator of hockey operations Kurt Keats (Winnipeg, Man.)
- Security liaison Bob Martin (London, Ont./London, OHL)
- Media relations manager Spencer Sharkey (Hamilton, Ont.)
Canada’s National Junior Team will gather in Calgary for a training camp at the Seven Chiefs Sportsplex on the Tsuut’ina Nation, Aug. 2-7, before travelling to Edmonton. Media wishing to attend training camp must apply for accreditation HERE.
The 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship begins on Aug. 9 with a trio of games before Canada kicks off its tournament against Latvia at 4 p.m. MT/6 p.m. ET on Aug. 10. In addition to its tournament-opening match-up, Canada will also play Slovakia on Aug. 11, Czechia on Aug. 13 and Finland on Aug. 15 to wrap up preliminary-round action. All Team Canada games will be played at 4 p.m. MT/6 p.m. ET.
TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will carry extensive game coverage and analysis throughout the World Juniors, broadcasting all 28 tournament games. TSN Radio will also provide comprehensive coverage.
For more information from the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship, please visit the official tournament website at 2022.worldjuniors.hockey.