Kelowna Rockets defenceman Kaedan Korczak has been invited to attend Team Canada’s virtual National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp, Hockey Canada announced Tuesday.
The camp is set to take place online from July 27-31.
“We are excited to begin preparations for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship with this group of 41 players and our full staff at our online camp, as we believe we have a good mix of veteran leadership and young talent that are eager to represent Canada during the holiday season,” said Scott Salmond, senior vice-president of national teams for Hockey Canada in Hockey Canada’s release.
Korczak is coming off of a career year, the Vegas Golden Knights prospect was awarded the Rockets Top Defenceman for the second consecutive season while setting career highs with 11 goals and 38 assists. His 180 shots on goal ranked second among all Rockets skaters.
Five goaltenders, 10 defencemen and 26 forwards will attend the five-day virtual camp, participating in a variety of sessions with a focus on player development through online education. The roster includes seven players who helped Canada win gold at the 2020 World Juniors (Byfield, Byram, Cozens, Drysdale, Lafrenière, McMichael, Mercer). Of the 41 players, 16 were selected at the 2019 NHL Draft, 22 will hope to have their name called at the 2020 draft, two are eligible in 2021 and one is eligible in 2022.
In addition, Michael Dyck (Lethbridge, Alta./Vancouver, WHL) and Mitch Love (Quesnel, B.C./Saskatoon, WHL) have been named assistant coaches, working alongside Program of Excellence management group lead Alan Millar (Tottenham, Ont./Moose Jaw, WHL) and head coach André Tourigny (Nicolet, Que./Ottawa, OHL), who were announced earlier this year.
The 2021 WJC will be held in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5
See the rest of the roster below.
- Goaltender: Brett Brochu (Tilbury, Ont./London), Sebastian Cossa (Fort McMurray, Alta./Edmonton), Dylan Garand (Victoria, B.C./Kamloops), Taylor Gauthier (Calgary, Alta./Prince George), Tristan Lennox (Cambridge, Ont./Saginaw)
- Defenceman: Justin Barron (Halifax, N.S./Halifax), Bowen Byram (Cranbrook, B.C./ Vancouver), Jamie Drysdale (Toronto, Ont./Erie), Kaiden Guhle (Sherwood Park, Alta./Prince Albert), Thomas Harley (Jamesville, N.Y./Mississauga), Kaedan Korczak (Yorkton, Sask/Kelowna), Ryan O’Rourke (Pickering, Ont./Sault Ste. Marie), Matthew Robertson (Sherwood Park, Alta./Edmonton), Braden Schneider (Prince Albert, Sask./Brandon), Jordan Spence (Cornwall, P.E.I./Moncton)
- Forwards: Adam Beckman (Saskatoon, Sask./Spokane), Mavrik Bourque (Plessisville, Que./Shawinigan), Quinton Byfield (Newmarket, Ont./Sudbury), Graeme Clarke (Ottawa, Ont./Ottawa), Dylan Cozens (Whitehorse, Y.T./Lethbridge), Jack Finley (Kelowna, B.C./ Spokane), Tyson Foerster (Alliston, Ont./Barrie), Ridly Greig (Lethbridge, Alta./Brandon), Dylan Holloway (Bragg Creek, Alta/University of Wisconsin), Seth Jarvis (Winnipeg, Man./Portland), Peyton Krebs (Okotoks, Alta./Winnipeg), Hendrix Lapierre (Gatineau, Que./Chicoutimi), Connor McMichael (Ajax. Ont./London), Dawson Mercer (Bay Roberts, N.L./Chicoutimi), Alex Newhook (St. John’s, N.L./Boston College), Jakob Pelletier (Quebec, Que./Moncton), Cole Perfetti (Whitby, Ont./Saginaw), Jacob Perreault (Hinsdale, Ill./Sarnia), Samuel Poulin (Blainville, Que./Sherbrooke), Jack Quinn (Cobden, Ont.), Jamieson Rees (Cobden, Ont./Ottawa), Jamieson Rees (Hamilton, Ont.), Ryan Suzuki (London, Ont./ Saginaw), Philip Tomasino (Mississauga, Ont./Oshawa), Shane Wright (Burlington, Ont./Kingston), Connor Zary (Saskatoon, Sask./Kamloops) Invited, but not required to attend: Alexis Lafrenière (Saint-Eustache,Que./ Rimouski)