Chicago Blackhawks prospect Ethan Del Mastro joined Canada's roster for the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship, Hockey Canada announced Sunday. Del Mastro received a spot on the roster after Minnesota Wild prospect Daemon Hunt sustained an injury.
Del Mastro scored 48 points (seven goals, 41 assists) in 68 regular-season games for the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL last season. The 6-foot-4, 209-pound left-handed defenseman added three assists in 10 playoff games. The Chicago Blackhawks’ 2021 fourth-round pick also served as team captain for Mississauga. He is expected to return to the OHL next season.
The World Junior Championship is set for Aug. 9-20 in Edmonton. The tournament was originally scheduled to take place from Dec. 26, 2021 to Jan. 5, 2022 in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta. However, the tournament was canceled after only four days because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ethan Del Mastro and his teammates will try to win World Juniors gold for Canada for the first time since 2020. The Canadians start the tournament Aug. 10 against Latvia.