Team Canada announced on Monday their official roster for the rescheduled 2022-23 IIHF World Junior Championship, set to get underway on August 9 in Edmonton. Washington Capitals forward prospect Hendrix Lapierre, 20, who was an invite to the previous two camps and cut from both of the final rosters, did not make this year’s roster.
Lapierre said he would give it a third try if he was called by Team Canada for the rescheduled tournament in August. “Anytime you can represent your country, it’s special. If I receive the invitation, for sure I would like to go.”
Players that may have normally aged-out (20 or older) have been permitted to participate in this years rescheduled event. You may recall that the originally scheduled event back in December was cancelled in the middle of the tournament after several teams experienced outbreaks of Covid-19. The tournament will now be replayed in it’s entirety.
Lapierre will now set his sights on Capitals training camp in September and prepare for his first season in the AHL.
Team Canada’s final roster:
Setting The Stage
Canada, Finland, Czechia, Slovakia and Latvia will play in Group A while the United States, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland and Austria will compete in Group B. The top-four teams if each group will make the quarter-finals.
All games will be played at Rogers Place in Edmonton, with usually two or three games per day during the preliminary round that will end on 15 August. The four quarter-final games will be played on August 17 with Canada playing the third quarter-final game at 17:00 if qualified.
The semi-final games follow on 19 August. Host Canada if qualified or the team with the best preliminary-round records otherwise will play the early semi-final game at 14:00. The second semi-final game will be played at 18:00. The medal games are set for August 20.
It will be the first time since 1988 that all World Juniors games will be held at one venue with fans in attendance.
With the release of the game schedule single-game tickets have been released and can be purchased for as low as $40 while packages remain available. Click here to buy tickets.
By Jon Sorensen