Come Boxing Day (Decmber 26th for the rest of the world), Team Canada will go for unpresidented 6th straight gold medal in the International Ice Hockey Frederation (IIHF) World Juniors.
"Who will be the team to make history?" people asked. With potentials and former gold medalist winners in the NHL (John Tavares, Michael Del Zotto, Evander Kane, and Tyler Myers just being the very snowy tip of the iceberg), was there more to search for?
Yes. Yes, there was. Boy, was there something to dig for. From the "Wet Coast" of BC to the sunkissed Maritimes - there was Team Canada.
So who will be going for gold? Who will get to wear the red and the maple leaf pround on their chest? Look no further because Willie Deslauriers has a team!
1 Jake Allen (QMJHL Montreal Junior Hockey Club)
31 Martin Jones (WHL Calgary Hitmen)
2 Colten Teubert (2009 gold medalist/WHL Regina Pats)
3 Travis Hamonic (WHL Moose Jaw Warriors)
5 Marco Scandella (QMJHL Val d'or Foreurs)
6 Ryan Ellis (2009 gold medalist/OHL Windsor Spitfires)
22 Jared Cowen (WHL Spokane Cheifs)
24 Calvin de Haan (OHL Oshawa Generals)
27 Alex Pietrangelo (2009 gold medalist/NHL St. Louis Blues)
4 Taylor Hall (OHL Windsor Spitfires)
7 Gabriel Bourque (QMJHL Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
9 Nazem Kadri (OHL London Knights)
10 Brayden Schenn (WHL Brandon Wheat Kings)
12 Adam Henrique (OHL Windsor Spitfires)
14 Jordan Eberle (2009 gold medalist/WHL Regina Pats)
15 Brandon McMillan (WHL Kelowna Rockets)
16 Greg Nemisz (OHL Windsor Spitfires)
17 Brandon Kozun (WHL Calgary Hitmen)
19 Stefan Della Rovere (2009 gold medalist/OHL Barrie Colts)
20 Luke Adam (QMJHL Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
26 Jordan Caron (QMJHL Rimouski Oceanic)
28 Patrice Cormier (2009 gold medalist/QMJHL Rimouski Oceanic)
That, Canada (and Team Canada fans), is the roster for the upcoming World Juniors.
Official roster & NHL report