Team Canada's quest for a 6th consecutive World Junior Hockey Championship gold medal will get underway on Boxing Day when they face Latvia in their opening game in Regina, Saskatchewan.
As most collectors know, this is the big stage for the future stars of the NHL. Some of the Canadian players in the WJHC will already have rookies cards such as Alex Pietrangelo who had rookie cards in 2008-09 and players such as Jared Cowen, Taylor Hall, and Nazem Kadri who have cards available in various In The Game products.
The team will feature an all Windsor Spitfire top line of Taylor Hall, Adam Henrique and Greg Nemisz. The trio currently sit within the top five of all OHL scorers this season. Taylor Hall is a potential #1 overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and will be the spotlight of many In The Game products this season.
Jake Allen, a second round pick by the St. Louis Blues in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft will be the #1 goaltender in the net for Team Canada and the coaching staff has announced that Patrice Cormier, who plays for the Rimouski Oceanic, will be the captain for this tournament. Cormier was also selected in the second round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils.
Jake Allen STL '08 (2nd Round)
Martin Jones LOS (Signed as Free Agent)
Jared Cowen OTT '09 (1st Round)
Cal de Haan NYI '09 (1st Round)
Ryan Ellis NSH '09 (1st Round)
T. Hamonic NYI '08 (2nd Round)
A.Pietrangelo STL '08 (1st Round)
M. Scandella MIN '08 (2nd Round)
C. Teubert LOS '08 (1st Round)
Luke Adam BUF '08 (2nd Round)
G. Bourque NSH '09 (5th Round)
Jordan Caron BOS '09 (1st Round)
P. Cormier NJ '08 (2nd Round)
S. Della Rovere WAS '08 (7th Round)
Jordan Eberle EDM '08 (1st Round)
Taylor Hall 2010 Draft Eligible
A. Henrique NJ '08 (3rd Round)
Nazem Kadri TOR '09 (1st Round)
B. Kozun LOS '09 (6th Round)
B. McMillan ANA '08 (3rd Round)
Greg Nemisz CGY '08 (1st Round)
B. Schenn LOS '09 (1st Round)
For rookie cards of these players in upcoming products, this year and next, visit Canada Card World.