Sarni, ON. – Hockey Canada announced this afternoon that Sarnia Sting goaltender Ben Gaudreau will be part of their 22-man roster for the 2023 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championships, taking place from December 26 to January 5 in Halifax and Moncton, New Brunswick.
Since being selected by the Sting 7th overall in the 2019 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Priority Selection, Gaudreau has played in 94 OHL games, posting a . 2.63 goals through 6 career playoff appearances.
In May 2021, the Corbeil, Ontario native made his Hockey Canada debut at the 2021 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Frisco, Texas. Through 5 matches played en route to an international championship, Gaudreau was unbeaten in Canadian nets, recording a . 919 save percentage and a goals against average of only 2.20 in the process.
Gaudreau’s performance with Team Canada set the stage for the 2021 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft, where he was selected by the San Jose Sharks with the 81st overall pick on Saturday, July 24, 2021.
After being named to the Canadian Hockey roster, Gaudreau will represent Canada alongside Sarnia Head Coach Sting Alan Letang, who was previously appointed Assistant Coach ahead of the team selection camp.
The Canadian National Junior Team will train at the Garcelon Civic Center in St. Stephen, New Brunswick from December 14 to 18, prior to the start of the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championships on Boxing Day. The team will also face Switzerland on December 19, Slovakia on December 21, and Finland on December 23 as part of the pre-tournament schedule.
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