Forward Kirby Dach will wear the captain’s “C” on his jersey for the Canadian team at the World Junior Hockey Championship.
This is what the Maple Leaf Formation announced on Friday.
Dach will take part in the prestigious tournament for the first time, he who could not be there last year. Indeed, the 19-year-old athlete was retained with the Chicago Blackhawks in the National Hockey League (NHL).
In his first season on the Bettman Tour, the Alberta native had eight goals and 15 assists for 23 points in 64 games. Dach’s assistants will be forward Dylan Cozens and defender Bowen Byram. Both skaters were from the roster that won gold almost a year ago.
The former is a Buffalo Sabers prospect, while the latter belongs to the Colorado Avalanche. Like Dach, they were selected in the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft.
“These three players are leaders in their own way who have the respect of their teammates,” Team Canada head coach André Tourigny said in a statement. Kirby has set expectations for himself through his commitment and determination, which is a great example to the rest of the team. He has a deep desire to represent his country. Dylan and Bowen are veterans who know what it takes to win this tournament and their voices will be important within our leadership group. ”
Unless there is a change, due to the COVID-19 cases, Canada will start its tournament on December 26 against Germany.