Interactives: Canada’s World Juniors teams through the years

EDMONTON — Since 1974, the country’s best teenage male hockey players have been drawn from across Canada to play  World Juniors team has drawn the best male teenage players from across the country to represent Canada on junior hockey’s biggest stage. 

Historically, Team Canada’s players have been drawn from all 10 provinces, two of the three territories and from 334 cities, towns and communities as familiar as Toronto or Edmonton to as small as Barry’s Bay, Ontario or Uranium City, Saskatchewan.

The below interactive tracks the cities of birth for all Team Canada players since the start of the World Juniors. 

Pause the timeline to zoom and hover over cities to see player details.

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As expected, Canada’s historically most populous city has produced the most players with 50 being born in Toronto.

That number increases when one adds players born in neighbouring suburbs like Mississauga and Oakville. A similar dynamic exists for other cities of cities like Montreal and Vancouver.

Edmonton and Calgary are next followed by Montreal proper. Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Regina have all punched above their weight in producing World Juniors talent. 

See more in the data race below that tracks the hometowns of every player to have been on a Canadian World Juniors roster. Click the legend to filter by province.

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And, here’s a look at representation by province. This one shows each year’s roster make-up by player home province, meaning returning players are counted more than once.

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In one sense, hockey is all about scoring, so where have Team Canada’s top World Juniors points leaders come from?

The below data race tracks Team Canada’s point leaders throughout the World Juniors by province of birth. Filter results by clicking on the legend to sort top scorers by home province.

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Finally, here’s a look at how this year’s Team Canada roster breaks down by province.

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