Hockey Canada cuts four players; roster finalized

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Hockey Canada made it’s final round of cuts late Friday night finalizing it’s roster for the upcoming 2015 World Junior Hockey Championships in Montreal, Que. and Toronto, Ont.

Three forwards and one defenceman were among the final players released from pre-tournament camp.

Guelph Storm’s Jason Dickinson, Kelowna Rockets’ Rourke Chartier and Oshawa Generals Michael Dal Colle were the dismissed forwards. Haydn Fleury of the Red Deer Rebels was the lone defenceman among the final round of cuts.

The final roster includes 22 players; 13 forwards, seven defencemen and two goaltenders will represent Canada at the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championships.

Among the 22 players, three are based in the QMJHL. The Rimouski Oceanic tandem of Frederik Gauthier and Samuel Morin join newly acquired Quebec Remparts netminder Zachary Fucale. Anthony Duclair of the NHL’s New York Rangers spent three seasons with the Remparts before making the jump to professional hockey. Should the Rangers reassign Duclair back to junior, the Laval, Que., native would return to the Remparts lineup.

Canada has two pre-tournament games remaining – against Sweden and Switzerland – before the tournament officially opens on Dec. 26. The Canadians open the tournament against Slovakia.

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