– The rosters for Team Canada East and Team Canada West are set for the
2017 World Junior A Challenge in Truro, N.S., Dec. 10-16.
22 players selected to represent Team Canada East following a four-day selection camp
in Etobicoke, Ont., which wrapped up Tuesday, five (F. Evans, Girduckis,
Johnston, McBain, Theocharidis) were part of the team that captured
silver last year.
Team Canada West, four players (Gaber, Johnston, Turnbull, Tychonick) return to the line-up
– including Carter Turnbull (Nanaimo, B.C./Powell River, BCHL), who will
make his third appearance. The players were selected from among
60 who attended the Calgary selection camp.
“We’ve seen some great Canadian hockey talent over the four days of camps,
and both teams had difficult decisions to make to pare it down to 22
players per roster,” said Brent Ladds, president of the Canadian Junior
Hockey League. “This will be a great event, and the two teams will make
Canadians very proud.”
The 2017 World Junior A Challenge is presented by Hockey Canada, the CJHL and Hockey Nova Scotia, in partnership with NHL Central Scouting.
Team Canada East will open the tournament against Russia in prime
time on Sunday, Dec. 10, when the World Junior A Challenge returns to
Atlantic Canada. Team Canada West will open its tournament
against the Czech Republic at 3:30 p.m. AT on Dec. 10.
The RECC in Truro will also host two pre-tournament games on Friday,
Dec. 8. At 3:30 p.m. AT, the Czech Republic will take on the Truro
Bearcats, while Team Canada East will play Team USA at 7:30 p.m. that same
evening. Team Canada West and Russia will travel to nearby Amherst for a
7:30 p.m. pre-tournament game on Dec. 8.
The World Junior A Challenge is made possible thanks to the partnership
between Hockey Canada, the CJHL and NHL Central Scouting, and features two
Canadian teams, representing East and West, as well as four international
teams vying for a gold medal. Nine of the 11 gold-medal games at the World
Junior A Challenge have featured at least one Canadian team. Team Canada
West won gold at the first two tournaments, in 2006 and 2007, and also took
home gold in 2011 and 2015. The team also won silver medals in 2008, 2009,
and 2012, as well as bronze in 2013. Team Canada East won silver medals in
2006, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2016, as well as claiming the bronze medal in
For more information on the World Junior A Challenge, visit
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