On December 20th, Hockey Canada announced the 30 candidates who had a chance to help their country return to the ice and look to defend their gold from the 2015 World Juniors. Some of the biggest highlights on the roster include 2015 first rounders Mitch Marner and Dylan Strome, as well as returning star Brayden Point and summer camp standout Travis Konecny. A big omission from the team is Josh Ho-Sang, a New York Islanders prospect who had a strong tournament but instead was left off in the same way he was last year as well.

NamePositionJunior TeamNHL Team
Mackenzie BlackwoodGoalieBarrie (OHL)New Jersey Devils
Mason McDonaldGoalieCharlottetown (QMJHL)Calgary Flames
Samuel MontembeaultGoalieBlainville (QMJHL)Florida Panthers
Thomas ChabotDefensemanSaint John (QMJHL)Ottawa Senators
Travis DermottDefensemanErie (OHL)Toronto Maple Leafs
Haydn FleuryDefensemanRed Deer (WHL)Carolina Hurricanes
Joe HickettsDefensemanVictoria (WHL)Detroit Red Wings
Brandon HickeyDefensemanBoston University (HE)Calgary Flames
Roland McKeownDefensemanKingston (OHL)Carolina Hurricanes
Travis SanheimDefensemanCalgary (WHL)Philadelphia Flyers
Mathew BarzalForwardSeattle (WHL)New York Islanders
Anthony BeauvillierForwardShawinigan (QMJHL)New York Islanders
Rourke ChartierForwardKelowna (WHL)San Jose Sharks
Lawson CrouseForwardKingston (OHL)Florida Panthers
Julien GauthierForwardVal-d’Or (QMJHL)2016 Draft
Travis KonecnyForwardOttawa (OHL)Philadelphia Flyers
Mitchell MarnerForwardLondon (OHL)Toronto Maple Leafs
Brendan PerliniForwardNiagara (OHL)Arizona Coyotes
Brayden PointForwardMoose Jaw (WHL)Tampa Bay Lightning
John QuennevilleForwardBrandon (WHL)New Jersey Devils
Mitchell StephensForwardSaginaw (OHL)Tampa Bay Lightning
Dylan StromeForwardErie (OHL)Arizona Coyotes
Jake VirtanenForwardVancouver CanucksVancouver Canucks

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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