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Canadian World Junior Roster Announced December 14, 2012 7:59 AM

Head Coach Steve Spott has chosen the 23 players he believes will give Canada the best chance at a gold medal at the upcoming world junior hockey championship. The question is, will he still have them when the tournament tournament opens Dec. 26 in Ufa, Russia?

No one knows the answer to that question.

While there’s no end to the NHL lockout in sight yet, there’s a feeling not a lot separates the owners and players in negotiations. Earlier this week, the league cancelled games until Dec. 30, but training camps could conceivably start before that if an agreement is made.

"I am confident, but at the same time I understand some of the decisions that are going to be made as we go forward are really out of our control," Spott said following the announcement of his team.

"If I’m going to lose sleep, it’s going to be over a decision I’ve made personally. We can’t control it. It’s unfortunate to a degree, but I’d like to think that when we get on the plane on Saturday that we’ll finish with the same group we started with."

All countries must submit their tournament rosters on Dec. 25 and no forward or defenceman can be added after that. A goalie can be added during the tournament in the event that one of the two are injured.

The Canadian players depart Calgary on Saturday for a pre-competition camp in Finland. They fly to Ufa on Dec. 23.

Goalies: Jordan Binnington, Owen Sound Attack, OHL (St. Louis Blues); Jake Paterson, Saginaw Spirit, OHL (Detroit Red Wings); Malcolm Subban, Belleville Bulls, OHL (Boston Bruins)

Defensemen: Dougie Hamilton, Niagara IceDogs, OHL (Boston Bruins); Scott Harrington, London Knights, OHL (Pittsburgh Penguins); Ryan Murphy, Kitchener Rangers, OHL (Carolina Hurricanes); Xavier Ouellet, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, QMJHL (Detroit Red Wings); Griffin Reinhart, Edmonton Oil Kings, WHL (New York Islanders); Morgan Rielly, Moose Jaw Warriors, WHL (Toronto Maple Leafs); Tyler Wotherspoon, Portland Winterhawks, WHL (Calgary Flames)

Forwards: Anthony Camara, Barrie Colts, OHL (Boston Bruins); Phillip Danault, Victoriaville Tigres, QMJHL (Chicago Blackhawks); Jonathan Drouin, Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL (2013 draft eligible); Jonathan Huberdeau, Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL (Florida Panthers); Charles Hudon, Chicoutimi Sagueneens, QMJHL (Montreal Canadiens); Boone Jenner, Oshawa Generals, OHL (Columbus Blue Jackets); J.C. Lipon, Kamloops Blazers, WHL (2013 draft eligible); Nathan MacKinnon, Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL (2013 draft eligible); Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Oklahoma City Barons, AHL (Edmonton Oilers); Ty Rattie, Portland Winterhawks, WHL (St. Louis Blues); Brett Ritchie, Niagara IceDogs, OHL (Dallas Stars); Mark Scheifele, Barrie Colts, OHL (Winnipeg Jets); Ryan Strome, Niagara IceDogs, OHL (New York Islanders)

By Joseph Kolodziej

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