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Hayton to captain Canada at World Junior Championship

Smith, Veleno, Dellandrea named alternates for tournament, which begins Dec. 26 @NHLdotcom

Barrett Hayton was named captain of Canada for the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The 19-year-old forward, an Arizona Coyotes prospect, is playing in the tournament for the second straight time. He had four assists in five games as Canada finished sixth at the 2019 WJC.

Defenseman Ty Smith (New Jersey Devils) and forwards Joseph Veleno (Detroit Red Wings) and Ty Dellandrea (Dallas Stars) were named alternate captains. Like Hayton, each played in the 2019 WJC.

The 2020 WJC will be played in the Czech Republic starting Thursday and running through Jan. 5. Canada is in Group B for the preliminary round, along with the United States, Russia, Czech Republic and Germany, and will play at Ostravar Arena in Ostrava. Group A consists of Finland, the defending champion, along with Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia and Kazakhstan, and will play its preliminary-round games at Werk Arena in Trinec.

Video: Breaking down Canada's 2019 WJC roster

NHL Network will broadcast 20 games live, including Canada playing the United States on Thursday (1 p.m. ET), as well as the semifinals, consolation game and final.


GOALIES: Nicolas Daws, Guelph, OHL (2020 draft eligible); Joel Hofer, Portland, WHL (St. Louis Blues); Olivier Rodrigue, Moncton, QMJHJL (Edmonton Oilers)

DEFENSEMEN: Calen Addison, Lethbridge, WHL (Pittsburgh Penguins); Kevin Bahl, Ottawa, OHL (New Jersey Devils); Jacob Bernard-Docker, North Dakota, NCHC (Ottawa Senators); Bowen Byram, Vancouver, WHL (Colorado Avalanche); Jamie Drysdale, Erie, OHL (2020 draft eligible); Jared McIsaac, Halifax, QMJHL (Detroit Red Wings); Ty Smith, Spokane, WHL (New Jersey Devils)

FORWARDS: Quinton Byfield, Sudbury, OHL (2020 draft eligible); Dylan Cozens, Lethbridge, WHL (Buffalo Sabres); Ty Dellandrea, Flint, OHL (Dallas Stars); Aidan Dudas, Owen Sound, OHL (Los Angeles Kings); Nolan Foote, Kelowna, WHL (Tampa Bay Lightning); Liam Foudy, London, OHL (Columbus Blue Jackets); Barrett Hayton, Arizona Coyotes; Alexis Lafreniere, Rimouski, QMJHL (2020 draft eligible); Raphael Lavoie, Halifax, QMJHL (Edmonton Oilers); Connor McMichael, London, OHL (Washington Capitals); Dawson Mercer, Drummondville, QMJHL (2020 draft eligible); Akil Thomas, Niagara, OHL (Los Angeles Kings); Joseph Veleno, Grand Rapids, AHL (Detroit Red Wings)



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