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Maple Leafs prospect Ryan Tverberg named to Team Canada WJC camp roster

He’s one of 21 forwards on the initial long list for the tournament.

Nolan Foote Of Canada Returns After Winning The 2020 World Junior Hockey Championships
No, we don’t have any photos of him either.
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Ryan Tverberg flew so far under the radar when he was drafted in 2020, our article on him shows our struggle to find out much about him:

But there is a clue as to how he ended up on the WJC roster for Team Canada after being drafted in the seventh round:

He did play for Team Canada at the 2019 WJAC and was used more and more often late in the gold medal game, playing a physical role.

At the time he was committed to Harvard, and we made all the jokes about Leafs prospects and Harvard. Since then, he’s switched to the University of Connecticut, which means he has two full years of NCAA play (Harvard didn’t play last year).

In the 202-2021 season, he only appeared in 14 games, and had seven points. In 14 games so far this season, he has 16 points, nine of them goals. He is now listed at 6 feet and 190 lbs and is a right-shooting centre.

His hot start might be why he’s getting a look at the junior camp. Is it likely he survives cuts to the 21 listed forwards? There’s always a chance, and this is that proverbial open door you have to walk through. Good luck to Ryan!