BATHERSON SELECTED TO REPRESENT CANADA AT 2018 WORLD JUNIORS
Dec. 19, 2017
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – Hockey fans in Nova Scotia will be cheering on a familiar face this holiday season.
Drake Batherson has been selected to represent Canada at the 2018 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y. The New Minas native was one of 22 players chosen to wear the red and white following Hockey Canada's week-long Sport Chek Selection Camp that started with 33 World Junior hopefuls. Canada pared down its roster following its final tune-up game against Denmark on Friday at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, Ont.
(PHOTO COURTESY: Matthew Murnaghan/Hockey Canada Images)
Despite missing 10 games this season with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, Batherson is in the top 10 in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s scoring race with 17 goals and 22 assists in just 24 games this season. Last June, he was was selected in the fourth round (121st overall) by the Ottawa Senators in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Seven players who competed for Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship – Jake Bean (Calgary/Calgary, WHL), Kale Clague (Lloydminster, Alta./Brandon, WHL), Dillon Dubé (Cochrane, Alta./Kelowna, WHL), Dante Fabbro (Coquitlam, B.C./Boston University/HE), Carter Hart (Sherwood Park, Alta./Everett, WHL), Michael McLeod (Mississauga, Ont./Mississauga, OHL), and Taylor Raddysh (Caledon, Ont./Erie, OHL) - will once again proudly represent their country in the holiday classic that begins Boxing Day.
As Canada eyes its 16th World Junior gold medal, their preparations continue with some pre-tournament games. On Dec. 20, Canada will face the Czech Republic in London, Ont., then on Dec. 22, the match-up features Canada taking on Switzerland in Hamilton.
The puck officially drops on Boxing Day when Canada takes on Finland at 4 p.m. ET. The Canada-U.S. cross-border rivalry takes place outdoors for the first time in tournament history on Dec. 29 at the home of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, New Era Field in Orchard Park, N.Y., at 3 p.m. ET.
TSN and RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, will once again provide wall-to-wall game coverage and analysis throughout the tournament, including Canada’s two pre-tournament games on TSN; check local listings for details.
For more information on Canada’s National Junior Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow through social media on Facebook , Twitter and #WorldJuniors.
Hockey Nova Scotia would like to congratulate Drake on his selection to Team Canada. Good luck at the World Juniors!