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Carson Lambos, Cole Perfetti, Ridly Greig Named to Team Canada

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Carson Lambos, Cole Perfetti, Ridly Greig Named to Team Canada

Hockey Canada has announced its roster for the upcoming 2022 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship running from December 26 to January 5 in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta.

Made up of 25 total players, 14 forwards, eight defencemen and three goaltenders were named to the squad, much earlier than typical. With evaluation camps starting earlier in hopes of dodging any COVID-19 related illness, team formation has come two weeks in advance of the tournament’s opener.

Of the 25 players named to Canada’s roster are 12 Western Hockey League players, five Ontario Hockey League players, four Quebec Major Junior Hockey League players, two American Hockey League players and two American college hockey players.

Just one Manitoban has earned a place on the team, with another falling short due to injury. Ontario leads the way with eight players being selected from the country’s largest hockey hotbed. Alberta is second with seven players chosen, while British Columbia is sending five local products to the tournament. Three players from Quebec will be on the roster, while one player from New Brunswick was chosen. Saskatchewan did not receive any selections.

Representing Manitoba will be Winnipeg-born defenceman Carson Lambos, who has spent the past three seasons with the local Winnipeg ICE, where he has 14 goals, 51 points and 58 penalty minutes in 83 career games. He is currently 19 games into the 2021-22 season, where he has five goals, 18 points and 24 penalty minutes.

Also of note is Brandon’s Daemon Hunt, who would have made the Canadian squad, but is currently out with injury and unable to play in the tournament. This serves as a double heartbreak for Hunt, who missed last year’s event due to testing positive for COVID-19 at the team camp.

Winnipeg Jets 2020 first round selection Cole Perfetti will return to the World Juniors after making his debut in the 2021 running. Having suited up for the Manitoba Moose last season as a COVID exemption, the now 19-year-old is in his second year of professional hockey, where he has six goals and 15 points in 17 contests for Manitoba.

Brandon Wheat Kings captain Ridly Greig has also earned the call from Canada, to which he will suit up in his first World Junior Hockey Championship. The Ottawa Senators first round selection currently has 14 goals and 14 assists for 28 points in 19 games with the Wheaties this year.

Full 2022 Canadian Roster:

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