The Greater Toronto Hockey League is proud to recognize eight GTHL alumni who will represent Canada at the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship set from April 26 to May 6 in Frisco and Plano, Texas.
The 25-player Canadian roster, which consists of three goaltenders, eight defencemen, and 14 forwards, includes five forwards and two defencemen who graduated from the GTHL. Mike Stothers, who will serve as an assistant coach alongside Gordie Dwyer (Dalhousie, N.B.) and head coach Dave Barr (Toronto, Ont.), also played in the GTHL.
“We are excited to announce the 25 players that have been selected to wear the Maple Leaf at the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship. Despite a difficult year for our players and staff, we are confident this group will represent our country with pride while giving us a chance to compete for a gold medal in Texas,” said Millar. “We are also pleased to have Dave, Mike and Gordie as a part of our coaching staff, and to welcome a number of excellent support staff who bring unique skills to our team. We know the extensive experience of our coaching staff and the dedication of our support staff will greatly benefit our team at the world championship.”
Prior to travelling to Frisco on April 17, players and staff will self-isolate at home starting April 12 and will be tested for COVID-19 three times. Upon arrival in Texas, all team personnel will enter a four-day quarantine at the hotel before starting a pre-tournament camp on April 21. The team will take on Finland in its lone pre-tournament game on April 24 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Canada will open the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship against Sweden on April 26 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, and will also take on Latvia, Switzerland and Belarus in preliminary-round action. TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will broadcast select games throughout the tournament and will announce details at a later date.
Since 2002, Canada has won three gold medals at the IIHF U18 World Championship (2003, 2008, 2013), in addition to one silver (2005) and three bronze (2012, 2014, 2015).
Eight GTHL Alumni to Represent Canada at 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship
- Brennan Othmann (Don Mills Flyers)
- Francesco Pinelli (Toronto Red Wings)
- Danny Zhilkin (Toronto Marlboros)
- Shane Wright (Don Mills Flyers)
- Wyatt Johnston (Toronto Marlboros)
- Brandt Clarke (Don Mills Flyers)
- Ethan Del Mastro (Toronto Marlboros)
- Mike Stothers, Assistant Coach (Toronto Marlboros, St. Michael’s Jr.)