On Thursday morning, Hockey Canada announced its list of invitees for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. With some uncertainty surrounding the actual running of the yearly spectacle, all indications point to the tournament going ahead with its planned schedule and beginning on December 25 from the site of the NHL’s Edmonton hub city bubble for the 12-day event.
Highlighting the selection camp roster is two Manitobans and four others with ties to the local hockey scene within the province. 2020 NHL Entry Draft selections Seth Jarvis (13th overall, Carolina Hurricanes) and Daemon Hunt (65th overall, Minnesota Wild) of Manitoba will participate in the camp.
The Brandon Wheat Kings will see two players attend camp (Braden Schneider, Ridly Greig), the Winnipeg ICE will see team captain Peyton Krebs participate, while the Winnipeg Jets’ first round selection from this year’s draft, Cole Perfetti will also join in the process. Five of the six players with ties to Manitoba were selected by NHL clubs earlier in October, while Krebs was taken by Kelly McCrimmon’s Vegas Golden Knights at last year’s event.
With this year having an entirely different feel to the start of the hockey seasons, this running of the selection camp is operating significantly longer than normal. Players will arrive in Red Deer, AB. on November 16 and return home on December 13 for the nearly month-long evaluation process. This helps those who are currently stuck without competitive CHL hockey action on their schedules to get into some high-tempo action.
Full information on each player is listed below: