Team Canada World Juniors roster 2024: Macklin Celebrini, Matthew Savoie headline team for U20 IIHF tournament

No country has three-peated at the World Juniors since Canada accomplished that feat in the late 2000s. Will that change in 2024?

The 2024 World Juniors is right around the corner, as the annual IIHF U20 tournament is set to begin right after the holidays. Canada enters this year’s competition as defending, back-to-back gold medalists, coming off championship wins at the 2022 and 2023 editions of the event. 

Canada announced its selection camp roster earlier in the month, and the organization is expected to make the final cuts on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Changes can be made in the weeks ahead of the start of the tournament, but for the most part, once the cuts are made, that is the expected personnel headed to Gothenburg, Sweden. 

The beauty of the World Juniors is that there is a constant turnover in personnel, and for Canada, it’s going to be practically an entire roster overhaul in 2024.

The lone anticipated returner from the 2023 championship team is Canadiens prospect Owen Beck. The Peterborough Petes forward was one of the final cuts last year, but was added in the middle of the tournament after Blackhawks draft pick Colton Dach suffered a shoulder injury. 

So who else will be suiting up for the maple leaf? There are plenty of new faces to the World Juniors scene, but there should be a number of familiar names. Canada has a total of 10 NHL first-round picks projected to be on the roster this year, headlined by Matt Savoie (Sabres), Conor Geekie (Coyotes), Matthew Wood (Predators), Nate Danielson (Red Wings) and Denton Mateychuk (Blue Jackets). In addition, Macklin Celebrini, regarded as the potential No. 1 pick in 2024, will be with the team in Sweden. 

MORE: Watch the 2024 World Juniors with Fubo (free trial in U.S.)

Canada is reportedly still waiting to hear about a couple of NHLers, Sabres winger Zach Benson and Bruins center Matthew Poitras. It is up to their respective NHL clubs if they want to loan them to Team Canada or keep them in the pros, which is why there was an open spot left at the forward position. 

Unfortunately for Canadian fans, there will be no Connor Bedard or Adam Fantilli at the tournament. While the two members of the 2023 gold medal squad are eligible to return, both will remain with their respective NHL teams. 

Here is a look at the players in line to represent Team Canada for the 2024 World Juniors. 

Team Canada 2024 World Juniors roster

Here is the selection camp roster announced earlier in December. Team Canada is expected to announce the final cuts on Wednesday, Dec. 13, and this will be updated once those announcements are made. 

Forwards

Player Team (League) NHL Rights
Owen Allard Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 2024 Draft
Denver Barkey London (OHL) Flyers
Owen Beck* Peterborough (OHL) Canadiens
Macklin Celebrini Boston University (NCAA) 2024 Draft
Easton Cowan London (OHL) Maple Leafs
Nate Danielson Brandon (WHL) Red Wings
Jordan Dumais Halifax (QMJHL) Blue Jackets
Jagger Firkus Moose Jaw (WHL) Kraken
Conor Geekie Wenatchee (WHL) Coyotes
Paul Ludwinski Kingston (OHL) Blackhawks
Fraser Minten Saskatoon (WHL) Maple Leafs
Carson Rehkopf Kitchener (OHL) Kraken
Matthew Savoie Wenatchee (WHL) Sabres
Markus Vidicek Halifax (QMJHL) 2024 Draft
Matthew Wood UConn (NCAA) Sabres
Brayden Yager Moose Jaw (WHL) Penguins

Defense

Player Team NHL Rights
Oliver Bonk London (OHL) Flyers
Michael Buchinger Guelph (OHL) Blues
Jorian Donovan Brantford (OHL) Senators
Jake Furlong Halifax (QMJHL) Sharks
Maveric Lamoureux Drummondville (QMJHL) Coyotes
Tristan Luneau Gatineu (QMJHL) Ducks
Denton Mateychuk Moose Jaw (WHL) Blue Jackets
Tanner Molendyk Saskatoon (WHL) Predators
Ty Nelson North Bay (OHL) Kraken
Noah Warren Victoriaville (QMJHL) Ducks

Goalies

Player Team NHL Rights
Domenic DiVincentiis North Bay (OHL) Jets
Scott Ratzlaff Seattle (WHL) Sabres
Mathis Rousseau Halifax (QMJHL) 2024 Draft
Samuel St-Hilaire Sherbrooke (QMJHL) 2024 Draft

* – returner from 2023 roster

When do the 2024 World Juniors start?

  • Start date: December 26, 2023
  • End date: January 5, 2024

The 2024 tournament kicks off the day after Christmas, Dec. 26. 

The group stage will take place over the first six days. The quarterfinals will be played on Jan. 2, the semifinals on Jan. 4 and the tournament will conclude with the bronze and gold medal games on Jan. 5.  

How to watch 2024 World Juniors games on TV, live stream

  • ​TV channel (Canada): TSN
  • Live stream (Canada): TSN.ca, TSN app
  • TV channel (U.S.): NHL Network
  • Live stream (U.S.): Fubo

TSN and the NHL Network will once again be home to all of the action for the 2024 World Juniors.

Canadian viewers can watch the competition on TSN or can stream the games through TSN.ca or on the TSN app. 

The American audience can view the games live on TV on the NHL Network, or can stream them through Fubo, which offers a free trial. 

Where are the 2024 World Juniors?

  • Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Venue: Scandinavium/Frolundaborg

This year’s World Juniors is being played outside North America for the first time since before COVID. Gothenburg, Sweden is the host site for the 2024 tournament. 

The games in Gothenburg will be split between at Scandinavium and Frolundaborg, two arenas in the city. Group A will play at Scandanavium, while Group B will be at Frolundaborg. The quarterfinals will be split between the two sites before Scandinavium hosts the semifinals and medal matches. 

Canada is a part of Group A that will be at Scandanavium. In addition to the returning gold medalists, Group A includes host country Sweden, Finland, Germany and Latvia. 

Gothenburg was supposed to host the 2022 World Juniors, however, the IIHF moved the site to Halifax, N.S. and Moncton, N.B. instead due to COVID. This is the first time Gothenburg will host the U20 competition, and seventh time the tournament is being held in Sweden. 

Source : ESPN.com

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