A pair of OHL graduates have been named to Canada’s National Men’s Team for the 2022 IIHF World Championship, May 13-29 in Tampere and Helsinki, Finland.
London Knights graduate Josh Anderson and former Sudbury Wolves forward Eric O’Dell will look to defend Canada’s 2021 gold medal and are part of a larger group that was selected by general manager Shane Doan, assistant general manager Rick Nash, and Scott Salmond, senior vice-president of hockey operations and assistant general manager, with assistance from Tom Renney, chief executive officer, and Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer. Former OHL blueliner and Canadian head coach Claude Julien joined OHL coaching graduates in assistants D.J. Smith and André Tourigny in providing input.
The roster includes five players who have previously suited up for Canada’s National Men’s Team at the IIHF World Championship (Barzal, Chabot, Comtois, Dubois, Severson), including one player who won gold in 2021 (Comtois), and 11 players who have previously played at the IIHF World Junior Championship (Anderson, Batherson, Barzal, Chabot, Comtois, Cozens, Dubois, Johnson, Mercer, Roy, Sanheim). The roster also includes three players who recently represented Canada at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games (Johnson, O’Dell, Tomkins).
“We are thrilled to unveil the (24) players who will wear the Maple Leaf in Finland and take on the challenge of defending last year’s gold medal,” said Doan. “Our roster combines veteran experience and young talent, along with a number of players who have previously played for Canada on the international stage and some who will have their first opportunity to represent our country. We know the entire group is excited for this opportunity, and we look forward to gathering in Finland and competing for another gold medal.”
In addition, Nolan Baumgartner has been named an assistant coach, and will support the coaching staff as the eye in the sky.
Canada will open the 2022 IIHF World Championship against Germany on May 13 at 1:20 p.m. ET/10:20 a.m. PT. It will also take on Italy, Slovakia, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, Denmark and France in the preliminary round before the tournament concludes with the medal games on May 29.
TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will broadcast 64 and 33 games, respectively; check local listings for details.
Since 1931, Canada has won the world championship 27 times. It has also collected 15 silver medals and seven bronze.
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