On Tuesday afternoon, the Canadian roster for the upcoming 2021 World Championship from Riga, Latvia was announced. The 25-man team consists of 22 players (14 forwards, eight defencemen) and three goaltenders.
Included on the roster are three junior-eligible players – two of which have ties to the province of Manitoba. Although no Manitobans were invited to the group travelling to Latvia, but two players playing on Manitoba-based teams made the cut.
Winnipeg Jets’ 2020 first round draft pick Cole Perfetti and New York Rangers’ first round pick Braden Schneider earned invites alongside Owen Power as the three junior-eligible players invited.
Perfetti, 19, has skated with the Manitoba Moose during the 2020-21 season, where he has nine goals and 26 points in 32 games in his first professional season. He also ranks sixth in rookie scoring league-wide.
Schneider, also 19, served as captain of the Brandon Wheat Kings in the Regina Hub, where he helped lead the team to the Subway Cup as East Division champions as the team with the best record through its 24 games. Schneider had five goals and 27 points in 22 games on the year.
With a round robin styled tournament running from May 21 through June 1, Team Canada will play seven games within its eight-team Group B, beginning with a 12:15 PM central matchup with the host Latvia on Friday, May 21.