Bowen Byram makes cut for Team Canada
Cranbrook’s Bowen Byram will be a key member of Canada’s 2020 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship team competing over the Christmas holidays in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic.
The Western Hockey League will have six players playing for Canada at the World Junior Championship.
WHL players set to don the Maple Leaf as members of Team Canada include Bowen Byram (Cranbrook/ Vancouver Giants), goaltender Joel Hofer (Winnipeg, Man. / Portland Winterhawks), defencemen Calen Addison (Brandon, Man. / Lethbridge Hurricanes), and Ty Smith (Lloydminster, Alta. / Spokane Chiefs), as well as forwards Dylan Cozens (Whitehorse, Yukon / Lethbridge Hurricanes) and Nolan Foote (Kelowna, B.C. / Kelowna Rockets).
Of the six WHL players, Smith is the lone returning member of Canada’s National Junior Team, having competed at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship in Vancouver and Victoria, B.C. Byram and Cozens captured gold together at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.
The puck will officially drop on Boxing Day when Canada takes on the United States at 11 a.m. MT, followed by games against Russia, Germany and the Czech Republic to round out preliminary action.