For the second straight yr, COVID-19 has instantly prevented hockey participant Zach Dean of Mount Pearl from representing Canada on the worldwide stage.
Dean, 18, is considered one of his crew’s high performers within the Quebec Main Junior Hockey League.
To date this season, Dean has 10 targets and 10 assists in 23 video games for the Gatineau Olympiques. He missed 4 video games early within the yr because of a wrist damage.
Dean is on the NHL Central Scouting Bureau’s players-to-watch listing for the 2021 NHL Draft.
This week, Hockey Canada unveiled the listing of 25 gamers named to the nationwide males’s under-18 crew for the world U18 championship which opens April 26 in Plano, Texas.
Dean wasn’t named to the crew, and he wasn’t the one one from the Quebec circuit not on the roster
The truth is., not a single participant from the QMJHL is on the crew.
That’s as a result of the “Q” has but to start its playoffs.
“As a result of distinctive circumstances this yr, there are not any QMJHL gamers on the crew as a result of the league can have playoffs and a league championship (in the course of the worlds),” Hockey Canada spokesman Spencer Sharkey stated. “We got here to an settlement to respect the significance of gamers competing within the playoffs with their membership groups.”
Final yr, Dean was invited to check out for the nationwide males’s summer time U18 crew.
That squad had been set to play within the eight-team Gretzky-Hlinka Cup final summer time in Edmonton and Pink Deer, Alta.
It’s named after Wayne Gretzky and former Czech Republic star participant and coach Ivan Hlinka.
Nonetheless, the match was cancelled final spring because of COVID-19.
Final season, Dean was named to the QMJHL’s all-rookie crew following an 18-goal, 28-assist, 46-point marketing campaign. He was a finalist for the Michel Bergeron Award because the league’s high offensive rookie.
The Gretzky-Hlinka Cup returns to Edmonton and Pink Deer in 2022.