The Western Hockey League will be represented by nine current WHL players and one WHL Alumni on Canada's National Junior Team for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship in Edmonton, after Hockey Canada unveiled its final 25-player roster Friday morning.
WHL players set to don the Maple Leaf as members of Canada's National Junior Team include Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman Braden Schneider, goaltenders Taylor Gauthier of the Prince George Cougars, and Dylan Garand of the Kamloops Blazers, defenseman Kaedan Korczak of the Kelowna Rockets), Bowen Byram of the Vancouver Giants, and Kaiden Guhle of the Prince Albert Raiders). The forwards include; Connor Zary of the Kamloops Blazers, Peyton Krebs of the Winnipeg ICE, Dylan Cozens of the Lethbridge Hurricanes, and WHL Alumni Kirby Dach.
Of the nine WHL players, two are returning players from Canada's gold-medal entry at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship - Byram and Cozens.
The 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship begins on Christmas Day with three games before Canada kicks off its tournament schedule on December 26 against Germany.