According to the Hockey Canada website, there will be two Calgary natives on Team Canada's roster at the 2014 World Junior Men's Hockey Championship in Malmo, Sweden. On Sunday, the team was announced with Calgary-born defensemen Mathew Dumba of the Minnesota Wild and Josh Morrissey of the Prince Albert Raiders among the 22 players selected for the squad.
Dumba is the only player on the team that was on loan from a team in the NHL. In 13 games for the Wild this season, Dumba notched one goal and one assist for two points and was a -5. Dumba scored his first NHL goal of his career on October 12 in a 5-1 win over the Dallas Stars. Prior to playing with the Wild, Dumba spent four years with the Red Deer Rebels, so it is clear that Canadian head coach Brent Sutter is familiar with his game.
Morrissey meanwhile has 13 goals and 22 assists for 35 points in 28 games. Morrissey, who was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets (13th overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft) is known for his excellent IQ and hockey sense.
Morrissey and Dumba are expected to be seeing a lot of ice time when the tournament commences Boxing Day. Canada faces Germany at 5:00 a.m. Mountain time.
Dumba meanwhile will not be suspended for kneeing Swedish forward Erik Karlsson in an exhibition game on Sunday.