Quebecans Devon Levy and Jacob Pelletier will play a key role with the Canadian team to kick off the World Junior Hockey Championship, which kicks off this Friday in Edmonton.
Head coach Andrei Touri has confirmed that Levy will be the opening goalie for Canada’s first official game against Germany on Saturday. For good reason, the 18-year-old Kubaker signed a 1-0 shutout against Russia at the lone warm-up meeting for junior team Canada on Wednesday.
Regarding Pelletier, the striker will now have the opportunity to show the trio that Quinton Bifield and Dawson Mercer have completed.
“Pelletier is one of our best players,” Tourigni told a news conference on Friday, praising the intelligence displayed by the Wall de Oro Force striker in the match against the Russians.
The Canadian team will also need some changes to the offense due to a wrist injury that left captain Kirby Dutch out of the entire tournament. All three of Cole Perfetti, Connor McMichael and Peyton Krebs are intact.
“We had a lot of discussions, we had different scenarios and we decided to go with this,” Turigni said. We have a good balance of dangerous and defensive in every line. ”
There is no new captain
When the Dutch lost, Tourigni made it clear that he did not intend to name another captain for the team.
“Kirby Dutch is our captain,” he stressed.
Turigni then referred to the injury to the Chicago Blackhawks player as “this is a junior championship”. There will still be negativity. We did not get out of the woods. ”
The head coach was also correct in recalling that the German team struggling with the spread of COVID-19 was also currently facing adversity.
The new Canadian trilogy
Dylan Holloway – Alex Newhook – Dylan Cogens
Cole Perfetti – Connor McMichael – Peyton Krebs
Jacob Pelletier – Quinton Bifield – Dawson Mercer
Connor Issued – Ryan Suzuki – Philip Tomasino