Schneider reportedly earns a spot on Canada’s World Championship roster

Photo Courtesy of Matthew Murnaghan/Hockey Canada Images Braden Schneider flashes a smile during a practice for Team Canada at Rogers Place in Edmonton during the 2021 World Juniors.

The hockey season might not be over yet for Prince Albert’s Braden Schneider.

According to a Tweet from TSN’s Darren Dreger on Tuesday afternoon, the 19-year-old defenceman will be among the players on Canada’s roster for the 2021 IIHF World Men’s Hockey Championship, which will be held from May 21 to June 6 in Riga, Latvia.

The 19th overall selection in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers, Schneider is coming off a stellar campaign in the East Division hub as the captain for the Brandon Wheat Kings.

He posted 27 points in 22 games in Regina to help his team win their first division title since 2016.

Schneider also played in two AHL contests this season for the Hartford Wolf Pack and had three points in six games for Canada’s silver-medal winning side at the World Juniors.

This would mark the fifth time Schneider has played for his country, as he’s also donned the maple leaf at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, the Hlinka Gretzky Cup and the World Under-18 Hockey Championship.

Dreger also Tweeted on Tuesday that defenceman Owen Power and forward Cole Perfetti will be the other non-NHL players on the team’s roster.

Power, who many expect to be the first overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, had 16 points in 26 games this season during his freshman campaign with the NCAA’s Michigan Wolverines.

With the Ontario Hockey League not playing this season, Perfetti suited up for the AHL’s Manitoba Moose.

The 10th overall pick in last fall’s NHL Entry Draft by the Winnipeg Jets had 26 points in 32 games in his first pro season and had six points in seven games for Canada at the World Juniors.

Hockey Canada has yet to make an official announcement as to their roster for the World Championship.