In a somewhat surprising move, Swift Current Broncos defenceman Ian White has been left off the Canadian roster for the upcoming world junior hockey championship.
White, who helped Canada win a silver medal at the 2003 world junior hockey championship in Halifax, was coming off an ankle injury when he arrived last week at selection camp in Kitchener, Ont.
The 2002 Toronto Maple Leafs' draft pick was unable to practice with the other players or play in intrasquad or exhibition games.
London Knights forward Corey Perry, who is second in Ontario Hockey League scoring with 54 points in 29 games, also was among the final six cuts announced Tuesday morning.
Moose Jaw Warriors forward Kyle Brodziak, Calgary Hitmen defenceman Mike Egener and goalies Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens and Cam Ward of the Red Deer Rebels were the others.
The decision to release White by Canadian head coach Mario Durocher means Canada will have just two returning players from the 2003 squad. Forward Dan Paille, who has been named team captain, and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins are the other veterans.
Durocher decided the 19-year-old White would not be ready to play for Canada when it opens the tournament on Dec. 26 in Finland.
"I think I could be ready, but that's the decision I have to live by and that's fine with me," White said. "I came in here being prepared to be sent home.
"I'll just take it in stride and have myself a merry Christmas."
White fractured his left ankle playing for the Broncos on Oct. 21. His cast was removed a week before the junior team's selection camp opened.
Ward and Drouin-Deslauriers, both 19, were released from the Canadian team for the second straight year as Durocher opted to take Josh Harding of the Regina Pats as a backup to Fleury.
Ward had struggled in an exhibition game against a team of university all-stars against the Canadian players.
"I felt like I was put in front of a streamroller and couldn't really get out of the way," he said.
Forwards Maxime Talbot of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Gatineau Olympiques and Tim Brent of the OHL's Toronto St. Michael's Majors were named alternate captains.
Team Canada plays host Finland on Boxing Day.
with files from Canadian Press