BEMIDJI, Minn. – Former Bemidji State University men’s hockey standout defenseman Zach Whitecloud has been named to Canada’s National Men’s Team for the 2022 IIHF World Championship set to begin May 13 in Tampere and Helsinki, Finland.
Whitecloud is one of 24 skaters named to Team Canada’s roster announced by Hockey Canada on May 9. Whitecloud, a native of Brandon, Manitoba, will dawn the Maple Leaf for the second time in his career and hopes to help Canada defend its gold medal earned at the 2021 IIHF World Championship. Whitecloud previously helped Team Canada to a fourth-place finish at the 2017 Karjala Cup.
Whitecloud recently finished his fourth season with the Vegas Golden Knights in the National Hockey League and is coming off a career-best outing after posting 19 points off eight goals and 11 assists and was a team-high +21 on the ice. In his two seasons with Bemidji State from 2016-18, Whitecloud posted 36 career points off seven goals and 29 assists in 77 games.
Canada will open the 2022 IIHF World Championship against Germany on May 13 at 1:20 p.m. ET/10:20 a.m. PT. It will also take on Italy, Slovakia, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, Denmark and France in the preliminary round before the tournament concludes with the medal games on May 29.
TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will broadcast 64 and 33 games, respectively; check local listings for details.
Since 1931, Canada has won the world championship 27 times. It has also collected 15 silver medals and seven bronze.
Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooden region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, BSU sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s hockey in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association and women’s hockey in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).