The stage is set for Edmonton., as Hockey Canada finalized its roster for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship. Following a nearly month-long selection camp, 25 players have been named to Canada’s National Junior Team.
Among the selections are forward Jakob Pelletier of the Val-d’Or Foreurs and defenceman Jordan Spence of the Moncton Wildcats.
Pelletier, a 1st round pick of the Calgary Flames in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, produced an impressive 32 goals and 50 assists for a total of 82 points in 57 games as captain of the Moncton Wildcats in the 2019-20 season. Through his first 9 games of the 2020-21 season, Pelletier has posted 13 points in 9 games for Val-d’Or while once again serving as captain of his team.
Spence, a 4th round pick of the Los Angeles Kings in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft as well as reigning QMJHL All-Star and Defenceman of the Year, notched 9 goals and 52 points for Moncton in the 2019-20 season and has tallied 5 goals and 16 points through his first 13 games this year as alternate captain for the Wildcats.
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.
Sources: hockeycanada.ca, eliteprospects.com