Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL), announced Tuesday the rosters of the four international teams competing in the 2010 World Junior A Challenge, November 8-14 at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC.
Teams from Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States will join Canada West and Canada East at the six-team tournament. Canada East, the United States and Sweden will play in Pool A, while Canada West, Russia and the Switzerland will comprise Pool B.
The International Rosters include:
Seven (7) players who took part in the 2009 World Junior A Challenge:
Sweden (4) – Bäckman, Gunnarsson, Nordström, Ottosson
United States (3) – Mattson, St. Clair, Parks
Eight (8) players drafted in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (team, round, overall):
Sweden (2) – Nordström (CHI, 3, 90); Sörenson (OTT, 4, 106)
United States (6) – Gaede (SJ, 3, 88); Mullin (TB, 4, 118); Herbert (WSH, 5, 142); Parks (PHI, 5, 149); Gothberg (BOS, 6, 165); Mattson (CHI, 6, 180)
Four (4) players who took part in the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship:
Switzerland (4) – Camperchioli, McGregor, Schappi, Scherwey
Seventeen (17) players who took part in the 2010 IIHF World Under-18 Championship:
Sweden (5) – Granlund, Gunnarsson, Nordström, Ottosson, Thorell
Switzerland (8) – Guerra, Haas, Hofmann, Kukan, Kuonen, Meili, Saikkonen, Vermin
Russia (3) – Nesterov, Shalunov, Yarullin
United States (1) – Czarnik
Thirteen (13) players who took part in the 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge:
Sweden (1) – Ryan
Russia (11) – Demakov, Grigorenko, Ivanyuzhenkov, Konkov, Sabinin, Saveliev, Shalunov, Shamin, Vasilevskiy, Vorshev, Yarullin
United States (1) – Schmaltz
Two (2) players ranked in the top 20 for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by International Scouting Services:
Russia (1) – Shalunov (16th)
United States (1) – Ambroz (12th)
Sweden and the United States will join Canada East in Group A at the 2010 World Junior Challenge, while Russia and Switzerland will play in Group B along with Canada West. Round-robin play will run until Thursday, November 10, with both semifinals taking place on Saturday, November 13. The gold medal game, which will be shown nationally on TSN/RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, is set for Sunday, November 14 (check your local listings for broadcast times).