Taylor Gauthier will be dawning the maple leaf for Canada for a fourth time.

The 19-year-old has been named to Hockey Canada’s roster for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.

The tournament runs from December 25th- January 5th in Edmonton, Alberta.

“We are very proud of Taylor and this recognition is well deserved,” said Cougars’ General Manager & Head Coach Mark Lamb.

“This is a prestigious tournament with a rich history and him being one of Canada’s goaltenders is a reflection of his growth, as a player and person, in the last couple of seasons.”

Gauthier was first in the WHL in minutes played (2870), tied for first in games played (50), second in shots (1677), and second in saves (1537).

The Calgary product also set career highs in wins (16), goals-against average (2.93), and save percentage (.917)

Gauthier previously suited up for Canada, having played at the 2019 IIHF World Under 18 Hockey Championship, the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, and the 2017 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge.

He won a gold medal with the men’s national team at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Edmonton.

Gauthier becomes the seventh player in Prince George Cougars’ franchise history to play for Canada at the World Juniors.

Eric Brewer, Blair Betts, Tyler Bouck, Dan Hamhuis, Dana Tyrell, and Brett Connolly have worn the maple leaf before. Bouck, Connolly and Hamhuis played in back-to-back years.