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A player-by-player look at the 2013 Canadian junior men's hockey team

A player-by-player look at the 2013 Canadian junior men's hockey team
December 19, 2012 - 10:49 AM

Canada opens the world junior hockey championship in Ufa, Russia, on Dec. 26.

Here is a look at the players who make up the Canadian team:


Malcolm Subban, Toronto — Quick and athletic, relies on speed. Sells his glove saves with a flick of the wrist. Confident demeanour is infectious.

Jordan Binnington, Richmond Hill, Ont. — Efficient technique, covers angles well and plays bigger than his lanky frame in net.

Jake Paterson, Mississauga, Ont. — Competitive, accustomed to seeing a lot of rubber with Saginaw Spirit. An alternate in Ufa, he's tabbed to be Canada's starter in 2014.


Morgan Rielly, West Vancouver, B.C. — Intelligently moves and the puck smartly out of his own end, can quarterback the power play and eats up minutes.

Scott Harrington, Kingston, Ont. — Assistant captain the steady, stay-at-home type with the experience of 2012 tournament behind him. Couldn't play in last year's bronze-medal game though because of a shoulder injury.

Ryan Murphy, Aurora, Ont. — Made the team on his third try. Has the speed and puck skills of a forward and plays a high-risk, high-reward game. Capable of going end to end.

Xavier Ouellet, Terrebone, Que. — Ankle sprain limited him at selection camp. Multi-purpose defender who protects own end well, but can also run the power play. Not afraid to take a hit to move the puck.

Tyler Wotherspoon, Surrey, B.C. — Difficult to get around at six foot two and 209 pounds. Makes Canada intimidating in the defensive zone.

Dougie Hamilton, Toronto — One of two second-year defencemen along with Harrington. Powerful skater gives Canada another big, strong body in their own end.

Griffin Reinhart, West Vancouver, B.C. — Son of former Calgary Flames defenceman Paul Reinhart is another intimidating, stay-at-home defender at six foot four and 200 pounds.


Ty Rattie, Airdrie, Alta. — A pure goalscorer with 57 last season for the Portland Winter Hawks.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Burnaby, B.C. — Canada's captain brings superior instincts and skills honed by a full season with the NHL's Edmonton Oilers.

Charles Hudon, Boisbriand, Que. — Quick and scrappy with the puck in small and high-traffic areas.

Jonathan Huberdeau, St-Jerome, Que. — Assistant captain playing the left wing on Canada's top line for a second year. Difficult to contain because of size, skating and scoring abilities.

Anthony Camara, Toronto — Can score, but his main role is to provide sandpaper and muscle up front.

JC Lipon, Regina — Undrafted 19-year-old made the team as a longshot because of his versatility. Can bang and score.

Ryan Strome, Mississauga, Ont. — Was Canada's No. 1 centre in 2012 and will be No. 2 behind Nugent-Hopkins this time. Gifted hands, makes the most of extra room on the power play, can hit the gas quickly.

Mark Scheifele, Kitchener, Ont. — Natural centre has been asked to play right wing. Intelligent, skilled, also has a second skating gear.

Brett Ritchie, Orangeville, Ont. — Canada's biggest player at six foot four and 218 pounds. Dishes out punishing checks, creates room for his linemates and clears bodies from the front of the net.

Phillip Danault, Victoriaville, Que. — Last forward cut from the 2012 junior team excels at faceoffs and moves the puck at high speed.

Boone Jenner, Dorchester, Ont. — Third-line centre brings goalscoring, muscle and toughness in one package.

Nathan MacKinnon, Cole Harbour, N.S. — Fastest skater on the team and strong penalty killer. Plays a game beyond his 17 years.

Jonathan Drouin, Huberdeau, Que. — MacKinnon's linemate on the Halifax Moosehead was a surprise to make the team at 17. Has the speed and hockey sense, but proved during selection camp he could also compete physically against older players.

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