CALGARY, Alta. – With less than two months until the puck drops on the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, Hockey Canada has announced a roster of 46 players who have earned an invitation to Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp, set for Nov. 16-Dec. 13 in Red Deer, Alta. Included in that roster are four members of the Saginaw Spirit Hockey Club, more than any other team in the 60-team Canadian Hockey League.
“We are very proud of our four players chosen to compete for a chance to play for Team Canada at the World Junior Championship,” said Saginaw Spirit General Manager Dave Drinkill. “Cole Perfetti, Ryan Suzuki, Tristan Lennox, and Mason Millman are exemplary members of our organization on and off the ice. We fully expect them to represent their country the same way they represent our franchise, with pride, hard work, and dedication. We look forward to watching them compete on the National stage and defend Canada’s gold medal in Edmonton.”
Cole Perfetti, 18, is coming off of his most successful OHL season, becoming the all-time single-season scoring leader in Spirit history and leading the club to a second-consecutive West Division Championship. This October, Perfetti was selected by the Winnipeg Jets in the first round, 10th overall, becoming the highest NHL selection in Spirit team history. Off the ice, his contributions include his non-profit organization, “Fetts’ Friends” which aims to make an impact of the lives of local youths to help them realize their dreams. Perfetti is also the OHL’s and CHL’s Scholastic Player of the Year.
Ryan Suzuki, 19, proved to be a key addition by Spirit GM Dave Drinkill as the Carolina Hurricanes first round pick in 2019 scored 35 points in 23 games. The London, Ontario native looks to continue on the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence after competing at the Under-17 and Under-18 level for his country.
Tristan Lennox, 18, will begin his NHL Draft season with an opportunity to play for Canada at the World Junior Championship. The 6’2”, 198-pound netminder finished the 2019-20 on fire, winning seven of his final eight starts. Lennox has also competed for Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and the Hlinka Gretzky Cup.
Mason Millman, 19, is coming off of his most successful junior season in 2019-20, posting 44 points from the backend to lead the Spirit is scoring from Defensemen. The Philadelphia Flyers fourth round pick in 2019 is getting his first opportunity to play internationally.
The roster selection was led by Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.), senior vice-president of national teams for Hockey Canada, with assistance from Ben Shutron (Orleans, Ont.), manager of national teams for Hockey Canada, and Alan Millar (Tottenham, Ont./Moose Jaw, WHL), the U20 lead for the Program of Excellence management group. Head coach André Tourigny (Nicolet, Que./Ottawa, OHL) and assistant coaches Michael Dyck (Lethbridge, Alta./Vancouver, WHL) and Mitch Love (Quesnel, B.C./Saskatoon, WHL) provided input, along with coaches and general managers across the Canadian Hockey League (CHL).
The players, including five goaltenders, 15 defencemen and 26 forwards, will compete for a chance to represent Canada at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, Dec. 25-Jan. 5 in Edmonton, Alta.
“As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, Hockey Canada has taken important steps to maintain the health and safety of our National Junior Team athletes and staff, as well as the community at large, during selection camp and throughout the World Juniors,” said Tom Renney, chief executive officer of Hockey Canada. “As much as we would enjoy allowing fans into the building to support Team Canada throughout the camp, we need to be responsible as we look to keep all parties safe before teams enter the bubble in Edmonton.”
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 begins 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.
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