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Byfield Named to Represent Canada at 2021 World Juniors

The Sudbury Wolves are proud to announce that Wolves forward, Quinton Byfield will be returning to Team Canada for the 2021 World Juniors.

The Wolves wish to congratulate Quinton Byfield on being named to the roster for Canada’s National Junior Team. Byfield is one of six returning players who won gold at the 2020 World Juniors, while also leading the Wolves offensively on the ice with 82 points in 45 games last season.

Although it has been an unconventional year, Wolves’ Quinton Byfield has had much success. Start of 2020, capturing the World Juniors gold medal with Canada’s 2020 National Junior team. Byfield finds joy in giving back, launching Q’s Kids in partnership with the NEO Kids Foundation. Byfield was named to Wolves’ leadership team, receiving an “A” on his jersey. In OctoberQuinton Byfield was selected 2nd overall by the Los Angeles Kings during the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. The 6’4, 215-pound centre signed a three-year entry-level contract shortly after on Oct.16th. Now, Quinton will represent Team Canada’s National Junior team once again to defend their championship for a back-to-back gold medal!    

The 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship is set to take place on December 25th on Canadian ice in Edmonton and Red Deer. Team Canada’s first game will be held on Boxing Day as they take on Germany at 6pm, ET.

For the full player roster, click here.

The full Hockey Canada release can be found below:


25 PLAYERS SELECTED TO REPRESENT CANADA AT 2021 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

RED DEER, Alta. – Following a 26-day selection camp that was interrupted by a mandatory two-week quarantine, 25 players have been named to Canada’s National Junior Team for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, Dec. 25-Jan. 5 in Edmonton, Alta.

The final roster, which includes three goaltenders, eight defencemen and 14 forwards, was selected by Alan Millar (Tottenham, Ont./Moose Jaw, WHL), the U20 lead for the Program of Excellence management group, with assistance from Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.), senior vice-president of national teams for Hockey Canada and Ben Shutron (Orleans, Ont.), manager of national teams for Hockey Canada. Head coach André Tourigny (Nicolet, Que./Ottawa, OHL) and assistant coaches Tyler Dietrich (West Vancouver, B.C./Saskatoon, WHL), Michael Dyck (Lethbridge, Alta./Vancouver, WHL) and Mitch Love (Quesnel, B.C./Saskatoon, WHL) also provided input into the final roster selections.

“This camp has been unconventional from the outset with the number of players invited and the length of camp, along with the schedule adjustment due to our two-week shutdown, but we feel we have selected a group that will give us the best chance to defend our gold medal on home ice,” said Millar. “It is never easy making decisions to trim down a roster, especially when every player handled adversity, faced challenges head on and remained committed to the process through our off-ice workouts and Zoom sessions. We have a lot of people to thank, including the people of Red Deer, the Red Deer Rebels (WHL) and Alberta Health Services, who worked with us to always ensure the health of safety of our athletes, staff and the community at large, and we look forward to representing Canada in Edmonton.”

Six returning players won gold at the 2020 World Juniors – Quinton Byfield (Newmarket, Ont./Sudbury, OHL)Bowen Byram (Cranbrook, B.C./Vancouver, WHL)Dylan Cozens (Whitehorse, Y.T./Lethbridge, WHL)Jamie Drysdale (Toronto, Ont./Erie, OHL)Connor McMichael (Ajax, Ont./London, OHL) and Dawson Mercer (Bay Roberts, N.L./Chicoutimi, QMJHL).

The 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship begins on Christmas Day with three games before Canada kicks off its tournament schedule on Dec. 26 against Germany at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will broadcast all 28 tournament games and the 10 pre-tournament games that begin Dec. 20. TSN Radio will also provide comprehensive tournament coverage, including all Team Canada pre-tournament and tournament games through to the gold medal game.

Canada has captured 18 gold medals at the IIHF World Junior Championship (1982, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2015, 2018, 2020), in addition to 11 silver (1975, 1976, 1977, 1986, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2017) and six bronze (1974, 1978, 1983, 2000, 2001, 2012).

For more information from the International Ice Hockey Federation, please visit the official tournament website at 2021.worldjuniors.hockey.

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Junior Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along through social media on Facebook, Twitter and Twitter.com/HC_WJC.

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