The International Ice Hockey Federation’s 2021 U-18 World Championship will be held in Frisco, TX. from April 26 to May 6. Joining the Canadian team will be three Manitobans, Tyler Brennan, Conner Roulette and Carson Lambos.
Of the 25 players invited to attend, Brennan and Roulette will serve as participants, while Lambos will be unavailable due to an injury sustained while playing for the Western Hockey League’s Winnipeg ICE in the Regina Hub this past month.
Three goaltenders, eight defencemen and 14 forwards make up the crew, as selected by Alan Millar and Benoit Roy of the Hockey Canada program. 23 of the 25 players suited up for either Team Canada Black, Red or White at the 2019 U-17 Hockey Challenge in 2019.
“We are excited to announce the 25 players that have been selected to wear the Maple Leaf at the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship,” Millar said. “Despite a difficult year for our players and staff, we are confident this group will represent our country with pride while giving us a chance to compete for a gold medal in Texas.”
Roulette, 17, is in his second season as a forward with the Seattle Thunderbirds. He has four goals and seven points in seven games so far in 2020-21, after putting up 19 goals and 39 points in 54 contests last season.
Fellow Winnipegger, Brennan is also in his second season of WHL action, suiting up for the Prince George Cougars. The 17-year-old picked up the win in his only game of 2020-21. Last season he had a 4-6-1 record with a 3.34 goals against average and an .887 save percentage in 15 games.
From Hockey Canada:
Prior to travelling to Frisco on April 17, players and staff will self-isolate at home starting April 12 and will be tested for COVID-19 three times. Upon arrival in Texas, all team personnel will enter a four-day quarantine at the hotel before starting a pre-tournament camp on April 21. The team will take on Finland in its lone pre-tournament game on April 24 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Canada will open the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship against Sweden on April 26 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, and will also take on Latvia, Switzerland and Belarus in preliminary-round action. TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will broadcast select games throughout the tournament and will announce details at a later date.