19 OHL Players Competing at 2017 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship


Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that a total of 19 current OHL players are listed on official International Ice Hockey Federation rosters and are competing in the 2017 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Montreal and Toronto.

The 19 players includes a representative from seven of the 10 participating countries including Canada who leads the way with six current CHL players followed by Finland with five players and Slovakia with three players.

In addition to the 19 current OHL players, three competing players are former OHL players, while 11 non-OHL players from Russia participated in the 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series.

The 19 OHL players is part of a total of 55 from across the Canadian Hockey League which also includes 23 players competing from the Western Hockey League, and 13 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

11 of the OHL’s 20 clubs are represented in the event with two clubs including the Erie Otters and London Knights with three players each. The Mississauga Steelheads, Oshawa Generals, Saginaw Spirit and Windsor Spitfires each have two players competing in the event.

Last season, 28 OHL players competed in the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland.

CHL Players Competing at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship:

Canada (20):
Mathew Barzal (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen)
Thomas Chabot (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Anthony Cirelli (Oshawa Generals)
Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Dillon Dube (Kelowna Rockets)
Pierre-Luc Dubois (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
Julien Gauthier (Val-d’Or Foreurs)
Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Connor Ingram (Kamloops Blazers)
Mathieu Joseph (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Noah Juulsen (Everett Silvertips)
Jeremy Lauzon (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Philippe Myers (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Taylor Raddysh (Erie Otters)
Nicolas Roy (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)
Blake Speers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Mitchell Stephens (Saginaw Spirit)
Dylan Strome (Erie Otters)

Czech Republic (8):
Filip Chlapik (Charlottetown Islanders)
Filip Hronek (Saginaw Spirit)
Adam Musil (Red Deer Rebels)
Tomas Soustal (Kelowna Rockets)
Michael Spacek (Red Deer Rebels)
Simon Stransky (Prince Albert Raiders)
Ondrej Vala (Kamloops Blazers)
Jakub Zboril (Saint John Sea Dogs)

Denmark (4):
Joachim Blichfeld (Portland Winterhawks)
Christian Mathiasen-Wejse (Blainville-Boisbrand Armada)
Lasse Petersen (Red Deer Rebels)
Alexander True (Seattle Thunderbirds)

In addition, Christian Mieritz is a former member of the Guelph Storm.

Finland (6):
Olli Juolevi (London Knights)
Janne Kuokkanen (London Knights)
Julius Nattinen (Windsor Spitfires)
Petrus Palmu (Owen Sound Attack)
Vili Saarijarvi (Mississauga Steelheads)
Juuso Valimaki (Tri-City Americans)

Latvia (4):
Rudolfs Balcers (Kamloops Blazers)
Martins Dzierkals (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Renars Krastenbergs (Oshawa Generals)
Kristians Rubins (Medicine Hat Tigers)

Russia (3):
Mikhail Sergachev (Windsor Spitfires)
Yakov Trenin (Gatineau Olympiques)
Sergey Zborovskiy (Regina Pats)

11 players including Pavel Karnaukhov, Anton Krasotkin, Kirill Urakov, Danila Kvartalnov, Kirill Belyaev, German Rubtsov, Vladislav Sukhachev, Denis Alexeev, Danil Yurtaikin, Grigori Dronov and Artem Volkov competed for Russia in the entire 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series.

Slovakia (4):
Radovan Bondra (Vancouver Giants)
Erik Cernak (Erie Otters)
Adam Ruzicka (Sarnia Sting)
Marian Studenic (Hamilton Bulldogs)

Sweden (1):
Filip Ahl (Regina Pats)

In addition, Alexander Nylander was the 2016 OHL Rookie of the Year as a member of the Mississauga Steelheads.

Switzerland (2):
Nico Hischier (Halifax Mooseheads)
Calvin Thurkauf (Kelowna Rockets)

In addition, Timo Haussener is a former member of the Guelph Storm.

United States (3):
Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Caleb Jones (Portland Winterhawks)
Tyler Parsons (London Knights)

For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Junior Team, and the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, visit or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter, as well as #WorldJuniors.

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