Thanks to an exodus of players from the original 2022 Hockey Canada World Juniors team that wore the Maple Leaf back in December, Montreal Canadiens forward prospects Joshua Roy and Riley Kidney are headed to Alberta for the continuation of the 2022 World Junior Championships.
The yearly tournament was scheduled for Dec. 26, 2021- Jan. 5, 2022 in Edmonton and Red Deer, but was cancelled after just three days due to a rapid spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant cases on the 10 teams playing. The remainder of the tournament will resume on August 9 and conclude with the Bronze and Gold medal games on August 20.
As the deadline for Hockey Canada to name its roster grew closer this past weekend, speculation grew that despite not being on the original roster, Joshua Roy and Riley Kidney would make the revised roster out of the summer camp held last month. Both players’ stock improved drastically since the original camp last summer. Playing for the Sherbrooke Phoenix in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Roy led the league in points with 119 and was tied for third in goals with 51 lamplighters. Kidney also played this past season in the QMJHL and finished right behind Roy in points with 100 and also lit the lamp 30 times.
Roy was drafted in the fifth round (150th overall) at the 2021 NHL Entry Draft and Kidney was a second round (63rd overall) in that same draft. Both players are also eligible for the 2023 Hockey Canada World Juniors squad.
After missing Montreal Canadiens development camp with a lower-body injury last month, top defenceman prospect Kaiden Guhle will not be able to resume his role as captain for Hockey Canada at the continuation of the World Juniors this month. Despite playing at the tournament in December, forwards Xavier Bourgault, Mavrik Bourque, Dylan Guenther, Jake Neighbours, Cole Perfetti, Justin Sourdif, Shane Wright, and defenceman Owen Power will all be missing as well.
Top-rated 2023 NHL Draft prospect Connor Bedard will be back for Canada.
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