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Forward Evander Kane played for Canada's under-18 team that won gold at the 2008 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka in August. ((Claus Andersen/Getty Images))

Evander Kane's Christmas wish to play for Canada at the world junior hockey championship has come true, just days after being cut by the team.

The Vancouver Giants forward was added to the Canadian roster Sunday in place of Dana Tyrell, who suffered a knee injury in the team's 4-2 exhibition win over Sweden on Friday.

Tyrell, 19, has been ruled out of the upcoming tournament in Ottawa and will return home.

The native of Airdrie, Alta., is captain of the Western Hockey League's Prince George Cougars and leads the team in scoring this season with 40 points (19 goals, 21 assists) in 30 games.

Last year, Tyrell suffered a knee strain that kept him from being at his best for the national junior team's final selection camp and he was released.

A second-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2007, Tyrell had been skating on a line with Ontario Hockey League star John Tavares.

Kane, 17, played for Canada's under-18 team that won gold at the 2008 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka in August.

The Vancouver native was scheduled to join the team Sunday in Brampton, Ont., where the Canadians were facing Finland in another exhibition game.

The four-time defending world junior champions open the world juniors Dec. 26 in Ottawa against the Czech Republic.