Nine OHL players are representing Canada at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship underway in Edmonton, Alta.
Canada has medaled in four of the last five tournaments, settling for silver in 2021 after dropping a 2-0 decision to the United States. The roster includes five players (Brochu, Cuylle, McTavish, O’Rourke, Sebrango) originally named to December’s National Junior squad prior to the tournament’s cancellation due to Covid-19.
GAME 1 – CANADA 5, LATVIA 2
Mason McTavish (Hamilton Bulldogs) had two assists while Jack Thompson (Soo Greyhounds) and Donovan Sebrango (Kitchener Rangers) both pitched in with helpers as Canada defeated Latvia 5-2 in their tournament opener.
Canada took the shooting column 44-24.
“It has been three months since I have been in a real game, so it was good to get back out there and play in front of Canadian fans,” said head coach Dave Cameron (Ottawa 67’s). “[Latvia] is a good team. They really push the pace and they play smart. We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy game because they have a lot of good players and a lot of skill. There are no easy games in this tournament and you cannot underestimate anyone. We have to give [Latvia] credit.”
OHL Players on Canada’s National Junior Team:
Brett Brochu (G) – London Knights
Will Cuylle (LW) – Windsor Spitfires
Ethan Del Mastro (D) – Mississauga Steelheads
Tyson Foerster (RW) – Barrie Colts
Mason McTavish (C) – Hamilton Bulldogs
Ryan O’Rourke (D) – Soo Greyhounds
Brennan Othmann (LW) – Flint Firebirds
Donovan Sebrango (D) – Kitchener Rangers
Jack Thompson (D) – Soo Greyhounds
Canada’s Upcoming World Junior Preliminary Round Schedule:
Thursday, August 11 vs. Slovakia (6:00pm ET)
Saturday, August 13 vs. Czechia (6:00 pm ET)
Monday, August 15 vs. Finland (6:00pm ET)