Team Canada 2019 Roster for World Junior Hockey Championship

The 2019 World Junior Championship begins tomorrow in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia. As usual, I'll be tuning in, rooting for my country.

The lone Maple Leaf draft pick is goaltender Ian Scott who will challenge Michael DiPietro for the playoff starts. Ian Scott, not to be confused with Anthrax's Scott Ian, was the 110th overall pick in the 2017 draft.

Morgan Frost is on the team. Morgan's former Q107 host Andy Frost's son. That's pretty psychedelic, man.

Here's the complete roster.

# Player Position League Current team (NHL)
1 Mikey DiPietro G OHL Ottawa 67's (VAN)
31 Ian Scott G WHL Prince Albert Raiders (TOR)
2 Evan Bouchard D OHL London Knights (EDM)
3 Josh Brook D WHL Moose Jaw Warriors (MTL)
6 Noah Dobson D QMJHL Acadie-Bathurst Titan (NYI)
4 Jared McIsaac D QMJHL Halifax Mooseheads (DET)
5 Ian Mitchell D NCAA University of Denver (CHI)
18 Markus Phillips D OHL Owen Sound Attack (LAK)
24 Ty Smith D WHL Spokane Chiefs (NJD)
11 Jaret Anderson-Dolan F WHL Spokane Chiefs (LAK)
15 Shane Bowers F NCAA Boston University (OTT)
14 Maxime Comtois F QMJHL Drummondville Voltigeurs (ANA)
16 MacKenzie Entwistle F OHL Hamilton Bulldogs (ARI)
26 Morgan Frost F OHL Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (PHI)
8 Cody Glass F WHL Portland Winterhawks (VGK)
27 Barrett Hayton F OHL Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (ARI)
22 Alexis Lafrenière F QMJHL Rimouski Oceanic (2020)
20 Brett Leason F WHL Prince Albert Raiders
23 Jack Studnicka F OHL Oshawa Generals (BOS)
17 Nick Suzuki F OHL Owen Sound Attack (MTL)
21 Owen Tippett F OHL Mississauga Steelheads (FLA)
9 Joseph Veleno F QMJHL Drummondville Voltigeurs (DET)

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Justin

Excited to watch Alexis Lafrenière. That he is one of only two undrafted players on the team with his draft year not being until 2010 is insane. A 17 year old in a tournament where almost all players are 19 or 20.

December 25, 2018 @ 3:07 PM

Rob J

I'm honestly not trying to be a killjoy and I think this tournament is perfectly fine, but as with the NCAA, tens of millions of dollars will be created due to the efforts of the athletes from: media rights, ticket sales, concessions, merchandise, parking, hotel rooms, etc, with nothing paid to them in terms of salary.
Yes, some will use this tourney as a springboard to a long and lucrative NHL career, but most won't. Even the 16 year-old selling popcorn will earn a minimum wage doing so. President of the CHL and OHL commissioner David Branch even had the gall to label the players 'student-athletes' despite the 'athlete' part having nothing to do with their current schooling. Yes, OHLers are given scholarships (with strings attached) for post-secondary education, but that benefit is irrelevant in the context of just this ridiculously lucrative tournament.

It'd be fascinating to see the players, 5 minutes before the gold-medal game, hold-out from taking the ice until they're given $10 000, still a measly sum in the grand scheme.

Having said all that, if the players and agents don't care, I know shouldn't either, but it's one of those things where if it were started from scratch today, there's no way the players wouldn't get a fat cheque.

December 25, 2018 @ 3:34 PM

Neil Clarke Warren

@ Rob J Man you have a problem with everything.
I am floored that you don't do 6 paragraphs saying that children should pay
Income tax on money they receive from The Tooth Fairy.

December 25, 2018 @ 6:52 PM

Rob J

I know! How dare I not only have a contrary opinion, but that I have the nerve to share it with others. I want the money to go to the players; you seem to like the status-quo where it goes to the suit-wearing executives. There's room for both points of view.

December 25, 2018 @ 6:59 PM

Matt

Dipietro now plays for Ottawa 67s.

December 26, 2018 @ 4:09 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Matt

I've made the update. Thx.

December 26, 2018 @ 6:23 PM

dale

WHEW, that was close. 14-0. Now the games start to get a tougher.
Personally a shame that Cda. kept scoring when the game was out of hand after the 2nd period as a team should never disgrace the opposition at that point.

December 26, 2018 @ 10:51 PM

bsmntdwllr73

@Mike
Nice Anthrax reverence!! Not exactly sure that I even remotely understand any of the rest of this
entry!!!

December 27, 2018 @ 9:32 AM

Sully

Please Lord, don't let Cheryl refer to them as 'My Juniors'. Please.

December 27, 2018 @ 2:30 PM

dale

The first game killed it for them, a blowout & probably thought it would be cakewalk (Ravens) to the final. Actually it's a wakeup call as other countries are getting better each year. Now you can celebrate boys - LOL.

January 3, 2019 @ 11:31 AM

Rob J

With Canada earning (just) 2 golds in the last 10 tournaments, the other countries have gotten better long ago. This can also be seen in the overall drop of Canadian-born players in the NHL, from around three-quarters in the 1980s to less than half today. Surprisingly, there have now been players born in 42 different countries besides Canada and the US.
These incredibly short tournaments create a fair amount of randomness just by their nature which needs to be taken into consideration as well.

January 3, 2019 @ 12:13 PM

Urooj Islam

While you are right about everything you said, Rob J, I don't think the IIHF World Juniors is the right tournament to make that point about.

Even with Canada not dominating as much, only 8 countries have medaled (again, not won, just medaled) in over 40 years.

The tournament basically only exists because of Canadian TV rights and ticket sales.

January 3, 2019 @ 3:16 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I personally don't care if this tournament is important to fans in other countries so long as it's important to the players in other countries, and clearly it is... I look forward to watching every December and January.

January 3, 2019 @ 3:18 PM

Urooj Islam

That's fair.

It's just really weird for an "international" tournament to be so reliant on the success of one participant. There's nothing else like it.

To me, it just shows you that it's kind of a sham as a truly international tournament but I understand that there will be fans of anything you throw a flag onto.

January 3, 2019 @ 3:38 PM

Rob J

Remember too, that the value placed on the event is due to its timing and the fact that it’s above all else a tremendous opportunity for draft-eligible players to raise their stock and for those already under NHL control to give their GM food for thought.
The ‘team’ aspect is important because of the nationalism involved, but it’s moreso a chance for individuals to shine in the hopes of a lucrative NHL contract. (Although obviously most fans will cheer for the jersey, not the guy).

January 3, 2019 @ 3:49 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@dale

What exactly did people expect this team to do in that first game against Denmark?

They tried to win 30-0, as they should. Goal differential matters in this tournament. You can't sit back in an 8-0 game and start making that extra pass or two.

January 3, 2019 @ 5:07 PM

dale

@Mike
Goal differential sure made a difference in last 2 games they lost both by 1 goal each. Their offence dried up after their 1st game & deservedly so.

January 3, 2019 @ 8:56 PM

Rob J

Not trying for a cheap pop here, but the ignorant a-holes who harassed/cyberbullied 19 year-old Canadian team captain Max Comtois after last night's game are scum and are the exact opposite of 'fans' in any respect. Social media douchebaggyness (spelling?) is rampant enough among fans of pro sports, not to mention those who would go after an unpaid amateur. The fact that many of the dopes probably have kids of their own is especially unsettling. I'd say 'do better' but what's the point.

January 3, 2019 @ 8:56 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Rob J

I'm with you. I've personally experienced a significant increase on ignorant a-holes chirping me on twitter and it really sucks.

January 3, 2019 @ 10:34 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@dale

I don't understand why you say "deservedly so". Do you think they could have banked 4 of those goals against Denmark to use at a later time?

January 3, 2019 @ 10:35 PM

dale

@Mike
They mocked Denmark & figured an easy road to medal round & probably all other teams in this tourney saw it & played their best game against Cda.
Again after 7-8 to 0 in 1st game & keep scoring? Coaching blew it, not the players as take the foot of the pedal a little bit & not run up the score. Deservedly so they are gone.

January 3, 2019 @ 11:41 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@dale

Ok, last time I'm chiming in on this...

With score differential the tie breaker, they had to keep scoring. Could you imagine if they didn't win the pool because they stopped scoring against Denmark? They couldn't stop scoring at 8-0... blame the rules, not the team.

And really, do you think they're stupid? Beating Denmark didn't mean anything and everybody knew it. If you think they were all "we beat Denmark 14-0, this is going to be an easy gold!" you're awfully naive.

p.s. Nobody mocked Denmark. I blame Don Cherry for this...

January 4, 2019 @ 8:17 AM

Beatts

Mike is correct.

January 4, 2019 @ 9:25 AM

Rob J

I don’t know ‘dale’ so this is not personal, but he seems emblematic of the worst type of fan, full of opinion, bravado, conjecture and confirmation bias without any facts as evidence. And when logic flaws are brought up, he just digs in harder. Those who discuss religion and politics in a similar way are equally disingenuous. I have to be careful that I don’t use similar tactics, but I do try to have some self-awareness.

January 4, 2019 @ 10:43 AM

Beatts

Rob J also brings the correct

January 4, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

correct

Mike, Beatts & Rob J are correct.

January 4, 2019 @ 11:25 AM

dale

Don Cherry tonight on coaches corner took the words that is was saying in earlier comments.
With the Denmark game, Hockey Gods (other teams wanting to beat Cda) & Karma. It all made sense to me - Thanks Mr. Cherry as you said want I wanted to say.
Enough said, Enough done.

January 5, 2019 @ 8:29 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@dale

I don't think Don Cherry taking your words actually helps your case. He started all this hockey gods nonsense in the first place.

January 5, 2019 @ 8:51 PM

correct

Mike is correct .. again.

January 6, 2019 @ 1:36 AM

Rob J

Anyone using expressions like “hockey gods” and “karma” has no business discussing hockey or any other sport, and should not be taken seriously as a paid commentator or message-board poster.

January 6, 2019 @ 11:50 AM

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