Players battle for World Juniors ticket
by Martin Merk|09 DEC 2020
Russia's Vasili Podkolzin and Canada's Dylan Cozens are among the potential returnees from last year's World Juniors.
photo: Andrea Cardin / HHOF-IIHF Images
This week the ten teams of the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship hold pre-competition camps on home ice in a bubble. In these selection camps the under-20 players battle for a spot on the final roster for the tournament. At by staying together at the hotel and arena, they already get the bubble feeling they will have in Edmonton soon.

During the camps on home ice the ten teams already have their first big battle – against the coronavirus. Several players will miss the World Juniors due to Covid-19 infections.

Canada was the first country to start with the selection camp already in November with a large roster to choose from but saw the ice time shortened due to positive Covid-19 tests. The team and staff were in self-isolation for two weeks and re-opened the camp on 8 December. Defencemen Matthew Robertson, Mason Millman and Daemon Hunt and forwards Ridly Greig and Xavier Simoneau were sent home before camp resumed for health reasons and according to the return-to-play protocol.

Also the Swedish team was plagued by Covid-19. William Eklund and Karl Henriksson were cut from the roster just before joining the camp due to infections. William Wallinder and Albin Grewe were tested positive as well as head coach Tomas Monten and several other staff members. The Swedish Ice Hockey Association is looking for a solution concerning the coaching staff.

Also Team USA had to make changes to the original roster as Drew Commesso, Robert Mastrosimone and Alex Vlasic were not able to participate. Their men’s ice hockey team at Boston University had a Covid-19 outbreak few days before the start of the camp.

Players Jannik Canova, Kevin Lindemann and Yves Stoffel had to leave the Swiss camp for Covid-19 related reasons. Germany will have to travel without goaltender Tobias Ancicka as well as players Nino Kinder, Elias Lindner and Lukas Reichel due to Covid-19 while Austria had to replace Thimo Nickl after a positive test before the camp and had later to cut other players from the roster due to issues related to Covid-19.

Other teams have been luckier and haven’t had to cut players based on Covid-19 reasons.

All players are together with their teams for at least one week with several tests during this period before travelling to Edmonton on 13 December where a period of self-isolation and additional tests awaits them.

Below are the camp rosters as announced by the teams. At the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship the teams can register a maximum number of 25 players (22 skaters, 3 goaltenders). The number was exceptionally increased compared to previous years due to the special circumstances for the World Juniors with the early arrival and no additional players to be added once the teams arrive at the “competition bubble” in Edmonton.


Status: Last update 11 December. 25-man roster announced as final by the team. Official registration on 24 December.

Dylan Garand, Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
Taylor Gauthier, Prince George Cougars (WHL)
Devon Levi, Northeastern University (NCAA)

Justin Barron, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
Bowen Byram, Vancouver Giants (WHL)
Jamie Drysdale, Erie Otters (OHL)
Kaiden Guhle, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
Thomas Harley, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
Kaedan Korczak, Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
Braden Schneider, Brandon Wheat Kings(WHL)
Jordan Spence, Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)

Quinton Byfield, Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
Dylan Cozens, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
Kirby Dach, Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)
Dylan Holloway, University of Wisconsin (NCAA)
Peyton Krebs, Winnipeg Ice (WHL)
Connor McMichael, London Knights (OHL)
Dawson Mercer, Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)
Alex Newhook, Boston College (NCAA)
Jakob Pelletier, Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL)
Cole Perfetti, Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
Jack Quinn, Ottawa 67’s (OHL)
Ryan Suzuki, Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
Philip Tomasino, Oshawa Generals (OHL)
Connor Zary, Kamloops Blazers (WHL)

Head Coach: 
Andre Tourigny


Status: Last update 12 December. 25-man roster announced as final by the team. Official registration on 24 December.

Artur Akhtyamov, Ak Bars Kazan (KHL)
Yaroslav Askarov, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL)
Vsevolod Skotnikov, CSKA Moscow (KHL)

Roman Bychkov, Buran Voronezh (VHL)
Danil Chaika, CSKA Moscow (KHL)
Semyon Chistyakov, Avangard Omsk (KHL)
Kirill Kirsanov, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL)
Artemi Knyazev, Ak Bars Kazan (KHL)
Yan Kuznetsov, University of Connecticut (NCAA)
Shakir Mukhamadullin, Salavat Yulayev Ufa (KHL)
Yegor Shekhovtsov, SKA-Neva St. Petersburg (VHL)

Mikhail Abramov, Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
Yegor Afanasiev, CSKA Moscow (KHL)
Rodion Amirov, Salavat Yulayev Ufa (KHL)
Zakhar Bardakov, Vityaz Podolsk (KHL)
Danil Bashkirov, Salavat Yulayev Ufa (KHL)
Yegor Chinakhov, Avangard Omsk (KHL)
Vladislav Firstov, University of Connecticut (NCAA)
Arseni Gritsyuk, Avangard Omsk (KHL)
Maxim Groshev, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL)
Marat Khusnutdinov, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL)
Vasili Podkolzin, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL)
Vasili Ponomaryov, Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
Ilya Safonov, Ak Bars Kazan (KHL)
Yegor Spiridonov, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL)

Head Coach: 
Igor Larionov


Status: Last update 13 December. 25-man roster announced as final by the team. Official registration on 24 December.

Hugo Alnefelt, HV71 Jonkoping
Calle Clang, Kristianstads IK
Jesper Wallstedt, Lulea HF

Emil Andrae, HV71 Jonkoping
Gustav Berglund, Frolunda Gothenburg
Tobias Bjornfot, Djurgarden Stockholm
Alex Brannstam Djurgarden Stockholm
Philip Broberg, Skelleftea AIK
Ludvig Hedstrom, Djurgarden Stockholm
Albert Johansson, Farjestad Karlstad
Victor Soderstrom, AIK Stockholm

Oscar Bjerselius, Djurgarden Stockholm
Arvid Costmar, Linkoping HC
Noel Gunler, Brynas Gavle
Emil Heineman, Leksands IF
Simon Holmstrom, Vita Hasten Norrkoping
Alexander Holtz, Djurgarden Stockholm
Oskar Kvist, Brynas Gavle
Theodor Niederbach, Frolunda Gothenburg
Zion Nybeck, HV71 Jonkoping
Oskar Olausson, HV71 Jonkoping
Lucas Raymond, Frolunda Gothenburg
Elmer Soderblom, Frolunda Gothenburg
Albin Sundsvik, Skelleftea AIK
Jonathan Wikstrom, HV71 Jonkoping

Head Coach: 
Joel Ronnmark


Status: Last update 12 December. 25-man roster announced as final by the team. Official registration on 24 December.

Joel Blomqvist, Karpat Oulu
Kari Piiroinen, TUTO Turku
Roope Taponen, Kiekko Espoo

Santeri Hatakka, Ilves Tampere
Ville Heinola, Lukko Rauma
Mikko Kokkonen, Jukurit Mikkeli
Topi Niemela, Karpat Oulu
Kasper Puutio, Karpat Oulu
Ruben Rafkin, TPS Turku
Matias Rajaniemi, Lahti Pelicans
Eemil Viro, TPS Turku

Samuel Helenius, JYP Jyvaskyla
Roni Hirvonen, Assat Pori
Roby Jarventie, Ilves Tampere
Benjamin Korhonen, KalPa Kuopio
Brad Lambert, JYP Jyvaskyla
Anton Lundell, Helsinki IFK
Matias Mantykivi, SaiPa Lappeenranta
Henri Nikkanen, Jukurit Mikkeli
Juuso Parssinen, TPS Turku
Mikko Petman, Lukko Rauma
Petteri Puhakka, TUTO Turku
Mikael Pyyhtia, TPS Turku
Aku Raty, Karpat Oulu
Kasper Simontaival, Tappara Tampere

Head Coach: 
Antti Pennanen


Status: Last update 23 December. 25-man roster announced as final by the team. Official registration on 24 December.

Thibault Fatton, HC Lugano
Andri Henauer, SC Bern
Noah Patenaude, Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

Inaki Baragano, Lausanne HC
Giancarlo Chanton, SC Langenthal
Noah Delemont, EHC Biel
Cedric Fiedler, Western Michigan University (NCAA)
Bastian Guggenheim, SCL Tigers Langnau
Noah Meier, GCK Lions Kusnacht
Rocco Pezzullo, HC Ambri-Piotta
Alessandro Villa, HC Lugano
Nathan Vouardoux, Lausanne HC

Dario Allenspach, EV Zug
Attilio Biasca, EV Zug
Stefano Bottini, Penticton Vees (BCHL)
Lorenzo Canonica, HC Lugano
Ronny Dahler, SC Bern
Keanu Derungs, EV Zug Academy
Raymond Fust, Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL)
Valentin Hofer, EV Zug
Gaetan Jobin, Fribourg-Gotteron
Simon Knak, HC Davos
Lionel Marchand, Timra IK (SWE)
Joel Salzgeber, SCL Tigers Langnau
Elvis Schlapfer, EHC Biel

Head Coach: 
Marco Bayer

United States

Status: Last update 12 December. 25-man roster announced as final by the team. Official registration on 24 December.

Spencer Knight, Boston College (NCAA)
Logan Stein, Ferris State University (NCAA)
Dustin Wolf, Everett Silvertips (WHL)

Brock Faber, University of Minnesota (NCAA)
Drew Helleson, Boston College (NCAA)
Ryan Johnson, University of Minnesota (NCAA)
Tyler Kleven, University of North Dakota (NCAA)
Jackson LaCombe, University of Minnesota (NCAA)
Jake Sanderson, University of North Dakota (NCAA)
Hunter Skinner, London Knights (OHL)
Henry Thrun, Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)
Cam York, University of Michigan (NCAA)

Matthew Beniers, University of Michigan (NCAA)
Brett Berard, Providence College (NCAA)
Matthew Boldy, Boston College (NCAA)
Bobby Brink, University of Denver (NCAA)
Brendan Brisson, University of Michigan (NCAA)
Cole Caufield, University of Wisconsin (NCAA)
Sam Colangelo, Northeastern University (NCAA)
John Farinacci, Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)
Arthur Kaliyev, Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL)
Patrick Moynihan, Providence College (NCAA)
Landon Slaggert, University of Notre Dame (NCAA)
Alex Turcotte, University of Wisconsin (NCAA)
Trevor Zegras, Boston University (NCAA)

Head Coach: 
Nate Leaman

Czech Republic

Status: Last update 11 December. Extended roster for the camp in Edmonton

Jan Bednar, Energie Karlovy Vary
Nick Malik, HC Frydek-Mistek
Lukas Parik, HC Benatky nad Jizerou

Martin Has, HC Benatky nad Jizerou
David Jiricek, HC Plzen
Karel Klikorka, BK Mlada Boleslav
Michael Krutil, Stadion Litomerice
Simon Kubicek, Stadion Litomerice
Radek Kucerik, HC Prerov
Daniel Poizl, Stadion Litomerice
Jiri Suhrada, PSG Zlin
Stanislav Svozil, Kometa Brno

Martin Beranek, HC Ceske Budejovice
Michal Gut, Banik Sokolov
Filip Koffer, Stadion Litomerice
Martin Lang, Stadion Litomerice
Radek Muzik, Lulea HF (SWE)
Jan Mysak, HC Litvinov
Adam Najman, Bili Tygri Liberec
Pavel Novak, Stadion Litomerice
Filip Prikryl, Stadion Litomerice
Ondrej Psenicka, Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
Jaromir Pytlik, Stadion Litomerice
Adam Raska, HC Frydek-Mistek
Jakub Rychlovsky, Bili Tygri Liberec
Michal Teply, Stadion Litomerice
Matej Toman, Stadion Litomerice
David Vitouch, Sparta Prague

Head Coach: 
Karel Mlejnek


Status: Last update 12 December. Extended roster for the camp in Edmonton

Samuel Hlavaj, Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL)
Patrik Kozel, MHK 32 Liptovsky Mikulas
Simon Latkoczy, HK Dukla Trencin
Eugen Rabcan, HC '05 Banska Bystrica

Simon Becar, HK Dukla Trencin
Andrej Golian, HC 07 Detva
Simon Groch, HC Olomouc (CZE)
Matus Hlavac, HC Olomouc (CZE)
Samuel Knazko, TPS Turku (FIN)
David Mudrak, HC Kosice
Simon Nemec, HK Nitra
Rayen Petrovicky, TUTO Turku (FIN)
Marko Stacha, HK Dukla Trencin
Oliver Turan, HC 07 Detva

Robert Baco, Energie Karlovy Vary (CZE)
Martin Chromiak, HK Dukla Trencin
Michael Drabek, Bili Tygri Liberec (CZE)
Juraj Elias, HC Kosice
Roman Faith, Bratislava Capitals
Maros Jedlicka, HKM Zvolen
Simon Jellus, Karlskrona HK (SWE)
Dominik Jendek, Slovan Bratislava
Matej Kaslik, Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)
Jakub Kolenic, HKM Zvolen
Filip Mesar, HK Poprad
Michal Mrazik, Linkoping HC (SWE)
Oleksij Myklucha, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)
Juraj Slafkovsky, TPS Turku (FIN)
Dominik Sojka, HC '05 Banska Bystrica
Artur Turansky, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights (NAHL)

Head Coach: 
Robert Petrovicky


Status: Last update 13 December. 25-man roster announced as final by the team. Official registration on 24 December.

Florian Bugl, Red Bull Hockey Juniors
Jonas Gahr, Lowen Frankfurt
Arno Tiefensee, Adler Mannheim

Lucas Flade, Dresdner Eislowen
Maximilian Glotzl, Kolner Haie
Simon Gnyp, Kolner Haie
Niklas Langer, Augsburger Panther
Luca Munzenberger, Kolner Haie
Steven Raabe, Grizzlys Wolfsburg
Maksymilian Szuber, Red Bull Hockey Juniors
Mario Zimmermann, EV Landshut

Manuel Alberg, Red Bull Hockey Juniors
Jakub Borzecki, Red Bull Hockey Juniors
Julian Chrobot, Kolner Haie
Samuel Dube, Red Bull Hockey Juniors
Florian Elias, Adler Mannheim
Enrico Henriquez-Morales, ERC Ingolstadt
Jan Nijenhuis, Grizzlys Wolfsburg
John Peterka, Red Bull Munich
Filip Reisnecker, Fischtown Pinguins Bremerhaven
Joshua Samanski, Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
Jan-Luca Schumacher, Heilbronner Falken
Markus Schweiger, ESV Kaufbeuren
Tim Stutzle, Adler Mannheim
Justin Volek, Ravensburg Tower Stars

Head Coach: 
Tobias Abstreiter


Status: Last update 12 December. Extended roster for the camp in Edmonton

Jakob Brandner, Kotkan Titaanit (FIN)
Leon Sommer, Steel Wings Linz
Sebastian Wraneschitz, Vienna Capitals

Jonas Kutzer, Dornbirner EC
Luis Lindner, Boston Junior Bruins (NCDC)
Moritz Molls, Okanagan Hockey Club
Lukas Necesany, Red Bull Salzburg
Timo Pallierer, Vienna Capitals
Jacob Pfeffer, Graz 99ers
Bernhard Posch, EC Bregenzerwald
Niklas Wetzl, TUTO Turku
Philipp Wimmer, Red Bull Salzburg

Mathias Bohm, Vienna Capitals
Tim Harnisch, Red Bull Salzburg
Maximilian Hengelmuller, Red Bull Salzburg
Fabian Hochegger, KAC Klagenfurt
Marco Kasper, Rogle Angelholm (SWE)
Clemens Krainz, Graz 99ers
Julian Pauschenwein, Graz 99ers
Senna Peeters, Rogle Angelholm (SWE)
Marco Rossi, ZSC Lions Zurich (SUI)
Lucas Thaler, Mora IK (SWE)
Maximilian Theirich, KAC Klagenfurt
Marlon Tschofen, EHC Kloten (SUI)
Dominik Unterweger, VEU Feldkirch
Finn van Ee, KAC Klagenfurt
Leon Wallner, Sodertalje SK (SWE)

Head Coach: 
Roger Bader