Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League will be represented by 10 WHL players on Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team for the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship in Frisco and Plano, Texas, from April 26 to May 6. Hockey Canada unveiled its final 25-player roster Thursday morning.
WHL players set to don the Maple Leaf as members of Canada’s National Men’s U18 Team include goaltenders Thomas Milic (Coquitlam, B.C. / Seattle Thunderbirds) and Tyler Brennan (Winnipeg, Man. / Prince George Cougars); defencemen Nolan Allan (Davidson, Sask. / Prince Albert Raiders), Olen Zellweger (Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. / Everett Silvertips), and Carson Lambos (Winnipeg, Man. / Winnipeg ICE); and forwards Logan Stankoven (Kamloops, B.C. / Kamloops Blazers), Conner Roulette (Winnipeg, Man. / Seattle Thunderbirds), Cole Sillinger (Regina, Sask. / Medicine Hat Tigers), Connor Bedard (North Vancouver, B.C. / Regina Pats), and Dylan Guenther (Edmonton, Alta. / Edmonton Oil Kings).
In addition to the 10 WHL players on the Canadian roster, the WHL is represented by Matt Weninger (Goaltending Consultant / Moose Jaw Warriors) and Dr. Ben Cameron (Team Physician / Lethbridge Hurricanes).
“We are excited to announce the 25 players that have been selected to wear the Maple Leaf at the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship,” said Alan Millar, Director of Player Personnel for Hockey Canada. “Despite a difficult year for our players and staff, we are confident this group will represent our country with pride while giving us a chance to compete for a gold medal in Texas.”
Prior to travelling to Frisco on April 17, players and staff will self-isolate at home starting April 12 and will be tested for COVID-19 three times. Upon arrival in Texas, all team personnel will enter a four-day quarantine at the hotel before starting a pre-tournament camp on April 21. The team will take on Finland in its lone pre-tournament game on April 24 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
Canada will open the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship against Sweden on April 26 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, and will also take on Latvia, Switzerland and Belarus in preliminary-round action.
Since 2002, Canada has won three gold medals at the IIHF U18 World Championship (2003, 2008, 2013), in addition to one silver (2005) and three bronze (2012, 2014, 2015).
For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca.
About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 375 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.