The Prince George Cougars are proud to announce goaltender Taylor Gauthier (’01) has been named to Hockey Canada’s roster for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. The tournament will run December 25th– January 5th in Edmonton, AB.
“We are very proud of Taylor and this recognition is well deserved,” said Cougars’ General Manager & Head Coach Mark Lamb. “This is a prestigious tournament with a rich history and him being one of Canada’s goaltenders is a reflection of his growth, as a player and person, in the last couple of seasons.”
Gauthier, 19, had a career year in the 2019-20 season. Gauthier was first in the WHL in minutes played (2870), tied for first in games played (50), second in shots (1677), and second in saves (1537). The Calgary, Alta. product set career highs in wins (16), goals-against average (2.93), and save percentage (.917). He also had two shutouts. The 6’2, 190-pound netminder was named the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltender of the Week, for the week ending January 26, 2020. In 137 career regular season games, Gauthier has 39 wins and a .903 save percentage.
Gauthier is quite familiar with Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, having played at the 2019 IIHF World Under 18 Hockey Championship, the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, and the 2017 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge. Gauthier won a gold medal with the men’s national team at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Edmonton, AB.
Gauthier becomes the seventh player in Prince George Cougars’ franchise history to play for Canada at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. Eric Brewer, Blair Betts, Tyler Bouck, Dan Hamhuis, Dana Tyrell, and Brett Connolly have worn the maple leaf before. Bouck, Connolly and Hamhuis played in back-to-back years.
The 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship begins on Christmas Day with three games before Canada kicks off its tournament schedule on Boxing Day against Germany at 3 pm PT. TSN will broadcast all 28 tournament games and the 10 pre-tournament games, that begins on December 20th.