Giants star blueliner named to Team Canada

Bowen Byram headed to Czech Republic for World Juniors starting on Boxing Day

Bowen Byram will be playing for Canada at the 2020 World Junior Hockey Championships. 

The 18-year-old Cranbrook native and Vancouver Giants standout was among 24 players named to the Canadian roster on Thursday night that is headed for the IIHF World Juniors, starting on Dec. 26, in the Czech Republic.

In 27 games this season with the Giants, Byram has scored three goals and 16 assists for 19 points along with a +6 rating and 51 penalty minutes. 

He  has appeared in 165 career games for Vancouver and has totalled 35 goals and 83 assists for 118 points. In 29 additional playoff games, Byram has added 11 goals and 22 assists for 33 points. 

Last season he became the first ever WHL defencemen to lead the playoffs in scoring (26 points) and he set a new single-season WHL record with six overtime winning goals. In June he was selected by the Colorado Avalanche with the fourth overall pick.

Previous Giants players to represent Canada at the World Juniors include: Brendan Gallagher (2012), Evander Kane (2009), Cody Franson (2007) and Kenndal McArdle (2007).

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