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Canada cuts four to finalize world junior hockey championship roster

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Montreal Canadiens draft pick Noah Juulsen was among four cuts made by Hockey Canada on Sunday as it finalized its world junior hockey championship roster.

Jeremy Lauzon of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Rouyn-Noranda Huskies was the other defenceman cut by Canada.

Jayce Hawryluk of the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings and Nick Merkley of the Kelowna Rockets were also released by the team.

The Canadian roster features three goaltenders, including Calgary Flames draft pick Mason McDonald, MacKenzie Blackwood of the Ontario Hockey League's Barrie Colts and Samuel Montembeault.

Blackwood will sit out the first two games of the world juniors after receiving an eight-game suspension in the OHL.

Defenceman Joe Hicketts is among those to make the team. He's one of four returnees from last year's team that won gold at the tournament held in Toronto and Montreal.

Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Mitchell Marner is one of 13 forwards to make the team. Jake Virtanen, who was loaned to Canada from the Vancouver Canucks on Dec. 13, also made the team and is another returnee from last year.

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Complete roster:

Goalies: Mason McDonald, Mackenzie Blackwood, Samuel Montembeault

Defencemen: Joe Hicketts, Haydn Fleury, Thomas Chabot, Brandon Hickey, Roland McKeown, Travis Sanheim, Travis Dermott

Forwards: Anthony Beauvillier, Brayden Point, Brendan Perlini, Dylan Strome, Jake Virtanen, John Quenneville, Julien Gauthier, Lawson Crouse, Mathew Barzal, Mitchell Marner, Mitchell Stephens, Rourke Chartier, Travis Konecny

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