Bowen Byram invited back to Team Canada
The Western Hockey League (WHL) today announced 15 league players have been invited to Hockey Canada’s virtual National Junior Team Development Camp set for July 27-31, including Bowen Byram of Cranbrook.
The group of WHL talent is led by 2020 gold medal winning defencemen Byram (Colorado Avalanche) of the Vancouver Giants, Peyton Krebs (Vegas Golden Knights) of the Winnipeg ICE, Adam Beckman (Minnesota Wild) of the Spokane Chiefs, Kaedan Korczak (Vegas Golden Knights) of the Kelowna Rockets, Matthew Robertson (New York Rangers) of the Edmonton Oil Kings, Dylan Cozens (Buffalo Sabres) of the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
It remains to be seen how many of those NHL drafted players will be available for the tournament.
Eight WHL players attending the camp are eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft, including Prince Albert Raiders defenceman Kaiden Guhle, who is ranked eighth among North American skaters according to NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings.
Braden Schneider of the Brandon Wheat Kings, Seth Jarvis of the Portland Winterhawks, Ridly Greig of the Brandon Wheat Kings, Connor Zary of the Kamloops Blazers and Jack Finley of the Spokane Chiefs ranked within the top-40 skaters in North America, also earned camp invitations. Dylan Garand of the Kamloops Blazers landed sixth among North American Goaltenders with Taylor Gauthier of the Prince George Cougars ranking 19th. Netminder Sebastian Cossa of the Edmonton Oil Kings is the lone WHL prospect at the camp eligible for the 2021 NHL Draft.
“We are excited to begin preparations for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship with this group of 41 players and our full staff at our online camp, as we believe we have a good mix of veteran leadership and young talent that are eager to represent Canada during the holiday season,” said Scott Salmond, senior vice-president of national teams for Hockey Canada.
The 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship returns to Canadian ice this December, with Edmonton, Alta. and Red Deer, Alta., set to co-host the annual holiday tradition.
Games will be played at Rogers Place, the home of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers and the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings, and at the Westerner Park Centrium, home of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels.
Lead image: Bowen Byram. Canadian Hockey League file photo