Let’s face it: we all know 2020 was a strange year where normality was thrown out the window but it’s Boxing Day and we can finally look forward to a normal thing – Canada is playing in Junior hockey game

The Canadians open the 2021 IIHF Junior World Championship with the aim of winning gold for the second year in a row.Six players return from this team and they know what it takes to go all the way

Canada starts against an exhausted German squad who, due to positive COVID-19 tests, can only have two goalkeepers, nine strikers and five defenders Great for the beer league, not so much for a hotly contested international tournament Nevertheless, the Germans have on Christmas Day played a fantastic game against the Finns and despite a 5-3 defeat it will not be an easy game. After all, they will soon have senators flying Tim Stuetzle over the ice

The Canadians will have to forego captain Kirby Dach, who has returned to Chicago after suffering a wrist injury in the team’s only exhibition game

“Our captain is Kirby Dach,” said coach Andre Tourigny matter-of-factly on Friday. “This is our captain. This is for me, we have a captain. It’s Kirby Dach. He’s still part of the team. He has to deal with the injury , but for me Kirby Dach is the captain of Team Canada 2021 “

However, due to IIHF rules, Canada had to select a player to wear the “C” during games Deputy Captains Dylan Cozens and Bowen Byram will split their duties while Connor McMichael has been named Deputy Captain

Speaking of McMichael: with the loss of Dach, his line is the only one left intact Phil Tomasino, who was the weird man in the exhibition game, now plays in line with Connor Zary and Ryan Suzuki, according to NHL Network’s Dave Starman, Alex is Newhook a man to watch out for The analyst said he was “explosive,” “has a little growl in his game,” and is a combination of the Hayes boys (Kevin and Jimmy) and Chris Kreider

In addition, an update has been made available for the new lines without a Kirby roof
Perfetti – McMichael – Cancer (the only line that stays together)
Holloway – Newhook – Cozens
Pelletier – Byfield – Mercer
Zary – Suzuki – Tomasino

Between the pipes will be Devon Levi, who was consistent from the intrasquad scrimmages to the exhibition game in which he knocked out the Russians, although he wasn’t even invited to Hockey Canada’s virtual summer camp – and Junior A last season played – he is only the fourth NCAA goalkeeper to wear the Maple Leaf in the starting net and has impressed his teammates with the jump

“To be completely honest, I didn’t really know who he was before camp, but he came over here and immediately stood out,” Cozens said of the 212 Player selected by the Panthers in the 2020 draft “So difficult to score in practice, such a great player, he has a great positioning. We definitely trust him as our starter”

Sporting News has it all as Canada looks to get off to a great start in the 2021 IIHF Junior World Championship

Germany Canada lineups Jordan Spence (LAK) scratched for Canada Devon Levi (FLA) starts in goal Germany with 9 strikers and 5 defenders Puck Drop at 6 p.m. ET on the NHL Network Hooray Hockey BildTwittercom / 4HrNBwj5C4

UPDATE | According to @ IIHFHockey rules, @BowenByram and @Dylan_Cozens take turns wearing the ‘C’, and @ con91mcmichael serves as a full-time alternative
Although @ kdach77 cannot play, he remains the captain of Team Canada @ HockeyCanada | @ImperialOil | #WorldJuniors ImageTwittercom / fpZvpoYrMQ

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