Lafreniere headlines Hockey Canada’s WJHC selection camp roster

Alexis Lafreniere - the presumptive No. 1 overall pick of the 2020 NHL Draft - headlines Canada's preliminary roster for the upcoming IIHF World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic.

Hockey Canada released its list of 31 invitees on Monday ahead of its selection camp for the tournament:

Forwards

Player Team (League)
Quinton Byfield Sudbury (OHL)
Dylan Cozens Lethbridge (WHL)
Ty Dellandrea Flint (OHL)
Aidan Dudas Owen Sound (OHL)
Nolan Foote Kelowna (WHL)
Liam Foudy London (OHL)
Benoit-Olivier Groulx Halifax (QMJHL)
Dylan Holloway Wisconsin (Big Ten)
Peyton Krebs Winnipeg (WHL)
Alexis Lafreniere Rimouski (QMJHL)
Raphael Lavoie Halifax (QMJHL)
Connor McMichael London (OHL)
Dawson Mercer Drummondville (QMJHL)
Alex Newhook Boston College (Hockey East)
Jakob Pelletier Moncton (QMJHL)
Cole Perfetti Saginaw (OHL)
Akil Thomas Niagara (OHL)

Defensemen

Player Team (League)
Calen Addison Lethbridge (WHL)
Kevin Bahl Ottawa (OHL)
Jacob Bernard-Docker North Dakota (NCHC)
Bowen Byram Vancouver (WHL)
Peter Diliberatore Qunnipiac (ECAC)
Jamie Drysdale Erie (OHL)
Thomas Harley Mississauga (OHL)
Jared McIsaac Halifax (QMJHL)
Braden Schneider Brandon (WHL)
Ty Smith Spokane (WHL)

Goaltenders

Player Team
Nico Daws Guelph (OHL)
Joel Hofer Portland (WHL)
Hunter Jones Peterborough (OHL)
Olivier Rodrigue Moncton (QMJHL)

Lafreniere is one of three returnees, along with McIsaac and Smith.

The selection camp will take place Dec. 9-12 in Oakville, Ontario.

Led by head coach Dale Hunter - the longtime owner, president, and bench boss of the OHL's London Knights - the Canadians will be looking to improve on their sixth-place finish at the 2019 tournament.

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