Colorado Avalanche prospect Bowen Byram and Buffalo Sabres draft pick Dylan Cozens will take turns wearing the “C” for Canada during the World Junior Championship in games, with Washington Capitals selection Connor McMichael donning the “A” for every contest.
Kirby Dach will remain the team’s captain. He suffered a wrist injury in an exhibition game against Russia on Wednesday and was ruled out for the tourney the following day. The Chicago Blackhawks forward reportedly won’t be ready to start his second NHL season when the league begins its 2020-21 campaign on Jan. 13.
Byram and Cozens helped Canada win gold at the 2020 event in the Czech Republic. Cozens poured in two goals and seven assists over seven games, while Byram collected a pair of assists in the same number of contests.
Dach didn’t play in the previous world junior tournament because he made the Blackhawks’ roster in October. He was named Canada’s captain and was able to take part this time around because of the NHL’s delayed start.
The Canadian squad will begin round-robin play Saturday versus Germany.