RED DEER – Six team Alberta alumni are among the 25 players named to Canada’s National Junior Team for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, Dec. 25-Jan. 5 in Edmonton.
Goaltender Taylor Gauthier (Calgary Buffaloes), defencemen Bowen Byram (Lethbridge Hurricanes) and Kaiden Guhle (Sherwood Park Flyers), and forwards Kirby Dach (Fort Saskatchewan Rangers), Dylan Holloway (Calgary Flames), and Peyton Krebs (UFA Bisons) will all skate for Canada. Byram is among the six returning players who won gold at the 2020 World Juniors.
Gauthier, Byram, Dach, Holloway and Krebs played for Team Alberta in the 2016 WHL Cup, while Guhle skated for Team Alberta in 2017.
Defenceman Jake Sanderson (Calgary Flames), who also played for Team Alberta in 2017, was selected to play for the U.S.A. National Junior Team. Sanderson grew up playing hockey in Alberta, but as a dual citizen, opted to join the USA Hockey National Development Team Program in 2018.
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.