The 2005 gold medal-winning edition of Team Canada represented one of the deepest squads the nation has ever sent to the World Juniors. As a result of the NHL lockout, stars like Jeff Carter and Dion Phaneuf spent their Christmas break representing their country in Grand Forks, North Dakota instead of suiting up with their pro clubs. So what’s happened with the members of that great 22-man roster over the past year? Here’s the scoop.
Cam Barker: The first-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks is the only returning player on this year’s World Junior squad. In 23 games with Medicine Hat of the WHL, Barker has five goals and 12 assists.
Rejean Beauchemin: Beauchemin, who backed up goaltender Jeff Glass during the 2005 IIHF World Junior Championship, has split this season between the Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL) and the Trenton Titans (ECHL). With the Phantoms, he has a 2-4-1 record with a 2.79 GAA and a .915 save percentage. In Trenton, the former Prince Albert Raider has a 2-6-1 record with a 3.01 GAA and a .906 save percentage.
Shawn Belle: The Edmonton, Alberta native was a first-round pick of the St. Louis Blues in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. In 19 games with the Blues’ AHL affiliate, the Iowa Stars, Bell has yet to register a point.
Patrice Bergeron Bergeron is enjoying his second full season with the Boston Bruins. He was named tournament MVP during the 2005 IIHF World Junior Championship, and led all Canadian scorers with 13 points. This season with the Bruins, Bergeron has 10 goals and 15 assists in 34 games.
Jeff Carter: The 11th overall pick of the Philadelphia Flyers from 2003 is having a fine rookie season along with fellow World Junior member Mike Richards. Carter, who is used to playing away from home during the holday season, is not feeling the Christmas blues even though the Flyers are in the midst of a 11-game road trip. In 33 games this season, Carter has 17 points.
Braydon Coburn: The 6-foot-5 Calgary native has split this season between the Atlanta Thrashers and the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. The Thrashers first-round draft pick has an assist in nine games with the big club and nine points in 21 games with the Wolves.
Jeremy Colliton: Colliton has spent most of this season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL. In 30 games there, the second-round pick of the New York Islanders has eight goals and 12 assists. The 20 year-old has also appeared in four games with the Islanders this season, but has been held off the scoresheet.
Sidney Crosby: All the hype entering the 2005-06 NHL season centered on the 2005 #1 overall pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby. And “Sid the Kid” has not disappointed, as the former Rimouski Oceanic sniper is currently in a tight rookie scoring race with 2004’s #1 overall pick, Alexander Ovechkin. Crosby has 16 goals and 20 assists in 34 games this season with the Penguins.
Nigel Dawes: The former Kootenay Ice captain has spent this season with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. The 2003 fifth-round draft pick of the New York Rangers has 12 goals and 10 assists in 29 games with the Wolf Pack.
Stephen Dixon: The smooth-skating two-way center was a seventh-round draft pick of the Pittsburg Penguins in 2003. With the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL, Dixon has five goals and four assists in nine games.
Colin Fraser: The 6-foot-1, Surrey B.C. native originally was a third-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in 2003, but after being traded, Fraser has found himself with the Norfolk Admirals, the minor league affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks. Fraser has five goals and three assists in 27 games with the Admirals this season.
Ryan Getzlaf: The first-round pick of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in 2003, he spent 16 games with the big club this season before being sent down to the Portland Pirates. Getzlaf had four goals and three assists with Anaheim, and has six goals and 19 assists in 12 games with Portland.
Jeff Glass: The 6-foot-2 native of Cochrane, Alberta, who carried the goaltending load at last year’s World Juniors, was a third-round pick of the Ottawa Senators in 2004. This season, Glass has spent time in both the AHL and ECHL. With the Binghamton Senators (AHL) he has a 1-3-0 record in five games. In the ECHL, with the Charlotte Checkers, Glass has a 4-2-2 record with a .915 save percentage and 2.90 GAA in eight games
Andrew Ladd: This Calgary Hitmen graduate was a first-round pick of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2004. In 15 games with the Lowell Lock Monsters of the AHL, Ladd has seven goals and four assists. In seven games with the Hurricanes, the native of Maple Ridge, BC has added four goals.
Clarke MacArthur: The Lloydminster, Alberta native was a third-round pick of the Buffalo Sabres in 2003. With Buffalo’s AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans, MacArthur has two goals and nine assists in 21 games.
Corey Perry: A member of the 2004-05 Memorial Cup Champion, London Knights, Perry was picked 28th overall by Anaheim in 2003. In 15 games with the Mighty Ducks, the Peterborough, Ontario native has a goal and five assists. Perry has also appeared in 13 games with the Portland Pirates of the AHL, where he has 10 goals and 14 assists.
Dion Phaneuf: The aggressive nature of Phaneuf’s game caught the eye of Calgary scout,s and as a result the native of Edmonton, Alberta was picked ninth overall by the Flames in 2003. This season with the Flames, the rookie rearguard has played with the poise of a veteran, earning eight goals and 11 assists in 25 games.
Mike Richards: The 24th overall pick of the Philadelphia Flyers from 2003 is enjoying his first season in the NHL, suiting up with his World Junior teammate, Jeff Carter. In 31 games this season with the Flyers, Richards has five goals and 13 assists in 31 games.
Brent Seabrook: The native of Delta, BC was picked 14th overall during the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by Chicago, and is enjoying his rookie season with the Blackhawks. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Seabrook has four goals and 12 assists in 22 games.
Anthony Stewart: A product of the Kingston Frontenacs, Stewart was nabbed in the first-round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers. This season Stewart has spent time with both the Panthers and their AHL affiliate in Rochester. In 10 games with the Panthers, he has two goals and an assist, and with the Americans Stewart has two goals and three assists in five games.
Danny Syvret: A teammate of Corey Perry’s with the London Knights, Syvret was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the third round in 2005. He was held off the scoresheet in ten games with the Oilers before being sent to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL. With the Bulldogs, Syvret has nine assists in 18 games.
Shea Weber: The native of Sicamous, BC, was selected in the second round by the Nashville Predators in 2003. This season Weber has seven goals and 11 assists in 29 games with the Milwaukee Admirals, the AHL affiliate of the Predators.