Valley Wildcats Equipment Manager named to Team Canada East staff ahead
of World Junior A Challenge
November 27, 2019
22 players to represent Canada in Dawson Creek, B.C.
CALGARY, Alta. – Team Canada East has selected its final roster ahead of
the 2019 World Junior A Challenge, and 22 players are set to wear the
Maple Leaf in Dawson Creek, B.C., Dec. 7-15.
The players were selected from the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s five
eastern leagues – the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL),
Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), Central Canada Hockey League
(CCHL), Ligue de hockey junior AAA du Québec (LHJAAAQ) and Maritime
Hockey League (MHL).
The roster was selected by Team Canada East staff, led by head
coach Martin Dagenais (Embrun, Ont./Ottawa, CCHL) and director of
operations Mark Grady (Halifax, N.S./N.-É.).
The staff includes Valley Wildcats Equipment Manager Mark Francisco, who
will serve as Equipment Manager for Team Canada East. This will be his
second time in the role, after previously holding the position for the
2017 tournament. Campbellton Tigers Head Coach and General Manager, Greg
Leland will be an Assistant Coach for Team Canada East. The roster will
feature Zach Biggar and Colby MacArthur, both of the Summerside Western
“There are bound to be difficult decisions any time you have the
opportunity to select players from five Junior A leagues, but we know
our staff and 22 players are excited about the opportunity to represent
Canada at the World Junior A Challenge,” said Grady. “We believe we have
assembled a strong team that will prove to be competitive at the
the tournament and we look forward to competing for a gold medal in Dawson
Team Canada East will kick off the tournament against Russia on Dec. 7
at 2 p.m. MT when the World Junior A Challenge heads to Dawson Creek for
the first time. Of the 13 gold medal games at the World Junior A
Challenge, 10 have featured at least one Canadian team. Team Canada East
will look to earn its first gold medal, having won silver five times
(2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2016) and bronze once (2008).
For more information on the 2019 World Junior A Challenge, please
visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along via social media
on Facebook or Twitter. For the complete Team Canada East roster, visit