Another feather in the cap for New York Islanders prospect William Dufour. The 20-year-old forward was announced on Monday night to be representing Team Canada at this summer's 2022 IIHF World Championships. Dufour is set to join fellow Canadian top prospects such as 2023 projected first overall selection Connor Bedard, Anaheim Ducks prospect Mason McTavish, and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Kent Johnson among others.
The Islanders forward prospect has bolstered his prospect value after a special season in which he led the QMJHL in goals scored (56) and ranked second overall in total points (116). The Saint John Sea Dogs forward was later named as the QMJHL's most valuable player, taking home the 2022 Michel-Brière Trophy.
Dufour and the Sea Dogs were bounced from the QMJHL playoffs early, however, Sant John hosted the Memorial Cup later that year giving them automatic entry to the four-team tournament. The Sea Dogs sought redemption and on the back of Dufour who tied the tournament lead in points with eight and led the tournament in goals with seven, the Sea Dogs claimed the Memorial Championship. Dufour was also named the MVP of the tournament.
After failing to make Team Canada the last time he was invited to try out, Dufour's historic season has now propelled him to the highest level and he'll now skate among Canada's best at the U20 level. The IIHF World Championships are set to take place starting August 9th through August 20th. Following the tournament, Dufour will head to Long Island to participate in the Islanders training camp in September.