MONTREAL -- The last time Canada won the gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship was 2009, and with the tournament on home soil for the 2015 WJC, the host nation is doing everything possible to put an end to that drought.
One of the most striking aspects of the roster announced Monday by Hockey Canada for the Canadian National Junior Team selection camp was how heavy it was on 19-year-olds, with 19 of the 29 players invited born in 1995.
The 2015 WJC will be held Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, with games at Bell Centre in Montreal and Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
Hockey Canada believes relying on experience in what should be a pressure-packed environment in Montreal and Toronto gives it the best chance to end a long run of disappointment at a tournament it used to dominate.
"There's a lot of other good players in different age groups. There's a great groups of [players born in 1997] this year. You look throughout the [Canadian Hockey League], a lot of them are leading their leagues in scoring, and there are some good '96-born players,” Hockey Canada director of player personnel Ryan Jankowski said after the roster was announced Monday at Bell Centre. "But with the group of '95s, we feel really strongly that the older age group, it's going to help us have success."