Giants captain Ostapchuk named to Canada’s World Juniors roster

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Vancouver Giants captain Zack Ostapchuk has been named to Canada’s roster for the upcoming World Junior Hockey Championships, set to take place this December and January in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Moncton, New Brunswick. 

Ostapchuk, who hails from St. Albert, Alberta, is in the midst of an impressive scoring season. The forward has 29 points through 21 games. Last season, he posted 43 points in 60 games. Ostapchuk was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the second round, 39th overall in the 2021 NHL draft. Ostapchuk is competing in his fifth WHL season, all with the Giants. The forward ranks among the top 40 scorers in franchise history, with 96 career points.

This will not be the first time Ostapchuk represents Team Canada at a World Junior Championship. At the tournament that occurred in August in Edmonton, Ostpachuk scored three points in seven games en route to helping the Canadians capture a gold medal. 

The Giants organization expressed its pride in Ostapchuk.

“We’re really proud of Zack playing for his country again, and we know he’ll represent the Vancouver Giants organization well with Team Canada,” said Giants head coach Michael Dyck.

“His leadership and work ethic are an asset to any team,” said Giants General Manager Barclay Parneta. “The Giants are proud to once again see Zack compete for Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships.”

Other Vancouver Giants to have represented Team Canada at the World Junior Championships include current NHL skaters Evander Kane, Bowen Byram, Brendan Gallagher and Florida Panthers prospect Justin Sourdif.