Bowen Byram Named to Canada’s 2021 World Junior Roster

Jamison Derksen

For a second straight season, defenceman Bowen Byram will be representing Canada at the World Juniors. The Giants in conjunction with Hockey Canada are pleased to announce that Byram (Cranbrook, B.C.) is one of 25 players and nine current WHL players named to Canada’s roster.




Bowen Byram, a 2019 first-round draft pick of the Colorado Avalanche, is one of six players who will be representing Canada for the second time in as many years at this event. In seven games last season at the World Juniors he notched two assists en route to a Gold Medal victory.

In 188 career regular season games with Vancouver, Byram has posted 46 goals and 104 assists for 150 points which ranks him third all-time in franchise scoring for defencemen. Additionally he’s suited up in 29 playoff games, where he added 11 goals and 22 assists for 33 points. He was drafted by the G-Men third overall back in 2016.  During the 2018-19 season, Byram set a new single season team record for goals by a defencemen with 26, and he set a new single season WHL record with six overtime winning goals.

Internationally, Byram has also donned the Maple Leaf at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

Per Hockey Canada’s announcement: The 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship begins on Christmas Day with three games before Canada kicks off its tournament schedule on Dec. 26 against Germany at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will broadcast all 28 tournament games and the 10 pre-tournament games that begin Dec. 20. TSN Radio will also provide comprehensive tournament coverage, including all Team Canada pre-tournament and tournament games through to the gold medal game.

 Canada has captured 18 gold medals at the IIHF World Junior Championship (1982, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2015, 2018, 2020), in addition to 11 silver (1975, 1976, 1977, 1986, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2017) and six bronze (1974, 1978, 1983, 2000, 2001, 2012).

For more information from the International Ice Hockey Federation, please visit the official tournament website at


Since their inception, the following Vancouver Giants have represented Canada at the World Juniors:

  • Bowen Byram (2021)
  • Michael Dyck (2021) *Assistant Coach
  • Bowen Byram (2020)
  • Mike Burnstein (2020) *Trainer
  • Mike Burnstein (2019) *Trainer
  • Brendan Gallagher (2012)
  • Don Hay (2012) – *Head Coach
  • Evander Kane (2009)
  • Cody Franson (2007)
  • Kenndal McArdle (2007)
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