It was heartbreak for one Manitoban, which has led to opportunity for another. On Monday, Hockey Canada officially announced that Winnipeg ICE defenceman Carson Lambos would not be able to participate in the upcoming 2021 U-18 World Championship from Frisco, Texas.
Dealing with an injury suffered last month, Lambos packed his bags and headed back home to Winnipeg from the WHL’s East Division Regina Hub for further examination. He has since returned to Regina to be with his teammates while prepping for a medical procedure in late-April.
Originally being named to the 2021 running of the IIHF championship – scheduled for April 26 to May 6 – alongside fellow Manitobans Tyler Brennan (goaltender, Prince George Cougars) and Conner Roulette (forward, Seattle Thunderbirds), Lambos will no longer be in the picture, however, another Manitoban has been asked to join the squad as his replacement.
On Monday, Hockey Canada announced that Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Denton Mateychuk will now serve as a participant within the U-18 roster that heads south on April 17.
Mateychuk, a 16-year-old defender of Dominion City, has had himself a strong 2020-21 season. After joining Moose Jaw for seven games last season, he has suited up in 16 contests this year, putting up two goals and nine points to go alongside eight penalty minutes. The 11th overall selection in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft joined the Warriors after a strong AAA career with the Eastman Selects.
Three goaltenders, eight defencemen and 14 forwards make up the Canadian 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.”
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.
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