The roster for the Canada team that will go for an unprecedented sixth-straight World Junior Championship gold medal is set.
Hockey Canada made its final cuts Wednesday, releasing nine players following a final exhibition game Tuesday night against a team of Canadian-based college players.
The 2010 World Junior Championship will be held Dec. 26-Jan. 5, in Saskatoon and Regina, Sask. Canada's first game will be Dec. 26 against Latvia (4 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, TSN2).
Forward Philippe Cornet
and defenseman Dylan Olsen
scored for the Canadian juniors in their 4-2 loss, but it wasn't enough to earn either player a spot on the final roster.
Also dismissed were forwards Cody Eakin
, Scott Glennie
and Louis Leblanc
, defensemen Tyler Cuma
and Shawn Lalonde
, and goaltenders Matthew Hackett and Olivier Roy
Among those making the team is Taylor Hall, the leading scorer in the Ontario Hockey League and a top prospect for the 2010 Entry Draft. Hall was No. 2 among OHL skaters in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of the league's skaters.
Joining Hall are three Windsor Spitfires teammates -- forwards Greg Nemisz
and Adam Henrique
and defenseman Ryan Ellis
Ellis is one of six players to win gold in Ottawa last year to make the 2010 team. Joining him again this year are defensemen Alex Pietrangelo
and Colten Teubert
, and forwards Patrice Cormier
, Stefan Della Rovere
and Jordan Eberle
In net, Canada will go with Jake Allen
and Martin Jones
. Allen, who plays with the QMJHL's Montreal Juniors, was a 2008 second-round pick of the St. Louis Blues
. Allen led Canada to the 2008 World Under-18 Championship gold medal and was named MVP of the event.
Jones, who plays with the WHL's Calgary Hitmen, signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Kings
The Kings will have the most prospects on the team, securing four berths. Besides Jones and Teubert, a 2008 first-round pick, making the team were a pair of 2009 picks, first-round choice Brayden Schenn
and sixth-round selection Brandon Kozun
The Islanders, Nashville, St. Louis and New Jersey will have a pair of prospects on the team.
Two Islanders prospects will play big roles on defense. Calvin de Haan
, a first-round selection in 2009 (No. 12) made the team, as did Travis Hamonic
, a 2008 second-round pick.
Three 2009 first-round picks made the team at forward -- Schenn (No. 5), Toronto's Nazem Kadri
(No. 7), and Boston's Jordan Caron
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