A total of 27 past and present OHL players have been selected to compete in the 2021 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship from December 25, 2020 to January 5, 2021 in Edmonton, Alta. Teams finalized their roster entries on Wednesday, with OHL products spread out over nine of the 10 competing countries.
Eight of those 27 names have been named to Canada’s finalized roster while the Czech Republic trails with four past or present OHL players followed by Germany and Slovakia with three apiece.
In addition to the eight Canadian standouts, prominent names attending this year’s international World Junior showdown include reigning Red Tilson Trophy recipient and CHL leading scorer Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67’s who will headline Austria’s first entry into the tournament since 2010. Additionally, 2019-20 first all-star team right-winger Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs will return to the flank for the United States. Montreal Canadiens second round NHL Draft pick Jan Mysak of the Hamilton Bulldogs will be front and centre for the Czech Republic while top 2021 NHL Draft prospect Daniil Chayka of the Guelph Storm will patrol the blue line for Russia.
Here’s a complete look at OHL talent that will be competing in the tournament that kicks off on Christmas Day:
Past & Present OHL Players on World Junior Rosters:
Underlined – Returning player
Italicized – Player who graduated from the OHL prior to the 2019-20 season
Asterisk* – Player committed to the OHL for the 2020-21 season
Austria (1): Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s)
Canada (8): Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves), Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters), Thomas Harley (Mississauga Steelheads), Connor McMichael (London Knights), Cole Perfetti (Saginaw Spirit), Jack Quinn (Ottawa 67’s), Ryan Suzuki (Saginaw Spirit), Philip Tomasino (Oshawa Generals)
Czech Republic (4): Martin Has (Guelph Storm), Nick Malik (Soo Greyhounds), Jan Mysak (Hamilton Bulldogs), Jaromir Pytlik (Soo Greyhounds)
Finland (2): Kari Piiroinen (Windsor Spitfires), Ruben Rafkin (Windsor Spitfires)
Germany (3): Manuel Alberg (Owen Sound Attack), Filip Reisnecker (Mississauga Steelheads), Josh Samanski (Owen Sound Attack)
Russia (2): Egor Afanasyev (Windsor Spitfires), Daniil Chayka (Guelph Storm)
Slovakia (3): Martin Chromiak (Kingston Frontenacs), Dominik Jendek (Sudbury Wolves)*, David Mudrak (Oshawa Generals)*
Switzerland (2): Giancarlo Chanton (Niagara IceDogs), Noah Delemont (Owen Sound Attack)*
United States (2): Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs), Hunter Skinner (London Knights)
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