Canada begins quest for 2020 World Junior Hockey Championship glory

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The 2020 World Junior Hockey Championship began on Boxing Day from Ostrava, Czech Republic. Team Canada is in Group B with the United States, Russia, Germany and the Czech Republic.

The Canadian captain this year is Arizona Coyotes forward Barret Hayton of Peterborough, Ontario. He is the only player currently in the NHL on the team.

Other players on Team Canada are Lethbridge Hurricanes defenseman Calen Addison of Brandon, Manitoba (drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins), Ottawa 67’s defenseman Kevin Bahl of Mississauga, Ontario (drafted by the Coyotes), University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks defenseman Jacob Bernard-Docker of Canmore, Alberta (drafted by the Ottawa Senators), Sudbury Wolves centre Quinton Byfield of Newmarket, Ontario, Vancouver Giants defenseman Bowen Byram of Cranbrook, British Columbia (drafted by the Colorado Avalanche), Lethbridge Hurricanes centre Dylan Cozens of Whitehorse, Yukon (drafted by the Buffalo Sabres), Guelph Storm goaltender Nico Daws of Burlington, Ontario, Flint Firebirds centre Ty Dellandrea of Port Perry, Ontario (drafted by the Dallas Stars), Erie Otters defenseman Jamie Drysdale of Toronto, Ontario, Owen Sound Attack centre Aiden Dudas of Parry Sound, Ontario (drafted by the Los Angeles Kings), Kelowna Rockets left winger Nolan Foote of Kelowna, British Columbia (drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning), London Knights centre Liam Foudy of Toronto, Ontario (drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets), Portland Winterhawks goaltender Joel Hofer of Winnipeg, Manitoba (drafted by the St. Louis Blues), Rimouski Oceanic left winger Alexis Lafreniere of Saint-Eustache, Quebec, Halifax Mooseheads centre Raphael Lavoie of Chambly, Quebec (drafted by the Edmonton Oilers), Mooseheads defenseman Jared McIsaac of Truro, Nova Scotia (drafted by the Detroit Red Wings), Knights centre Connor McMichael of Ajax, Ontario (drafted by the Washington Capitals), Drummondville Voltiguers right winger Dawson Mercer of Bay Roberts, Newfoundland, Moncton Wildcats goaltender Olivier Rodrigue of Chicoutimi, Quebec (drafted by the Oilers), Spokane Chiefs defenseman Ty Smith of Lloydminster, Alberta (drafted by the New Jersey Devils), Niagara IceDogs centre Akil Thomas of Toronto, Ontario (drafted by the Kings) and Grand Rapids Griffins centre Joe Veleno of Kirkland, Quebec (drafted by the Red Wings). Canadian hockey fans need to watch out for Lafreniere, who could be chosen first overall in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.

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