Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle is the No. 1 player in Team Canada history at the World Juniors, as determined by a poll of 25 hockey experts for TSN's Team Canada's 40 Greatest Juniors special.
Eberle headlines a list of 40 elite Canadian World Juniors players that includes Eric Lindros, Wayne Gretzky, Jason Allison, and Manny Legace.
The list was compiled in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the World Juniors tournament.
Eberle played for Team Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championship in 2009 and 2010, winning a gold and silver medal. In 2009, Eberle scored one of the most memorable goals in Canadian World Juniors history against Team Russia in the semifinal round. The following year, he was named tournament MVP and Best Forward.
Eberle is also Team Canada's all-time leading goal-scorer (14) and second in points (26) – five behind scoring leader Lindros, who represented Canada at the tournament in 1990, 1991, and 1992.
A native of Regina, Eberle receives $5,000 to donate to his charity of choice – The Hospitals of Regina Foundation – for being named the top Canadian player in World Juniors history.
"Team Canada has a rich and storied tradition at the World Junior Championship and I'm honoured to be a part of it," said Eberle. "It's flattering to be named No. 1, but as a Canadian, it's always amazing to play for Canada and put on the maple leaf."
The panel of experts polled for TSN's Top 40 list includes hockey broadcasters, writers, scouts, and executives who cover or are involved with the IIHF World Junior Championship.
"To determine Canada's greatest players at the World Junior Championship, we asked 25 of the greatest tournament watchers to give us their choices and we believe the results speak for themselves," said Steve Dryden, Managing Editor of Content, TSN. "We are proud of the panel's work narrowing a list of hundreds of players who have represented Canada to a Top 40."
TSN's James Duthie hosts the 60-minute special tonight alongside Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie as they break down the exclusive list of Top 40 players. The special also features a countdown of the Top 10 most dramatic moments in Team Canada history at the World Juniors.
The Top 10 players on TSN's Team Canada's 40 Greatest Juniors list are as follows:
1. Jordan Eberle, F (2009, 2010)
2. Eric Lindros, F (1990, 1991, 1992)
3. Wayne Gretzky, F (1978)
4. Jason Allison, F (1994, 1995)
5. Manny Legace, G (1993)
6. John Tavares, F (2008, 2009)
7. Ryan Ellis, D (2009, 2010, 2011)
8. Jonathan Toews, F (2006, 2007)
9. Patrice Bergeron, F (2005)
10. Jimmy Waite, G (1987, 1988)
To see the full Top 40 list, click here at TSN.ca.
TSN has complete live coverage of the 2013 World Junior Championship from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, with pre-competition games beginning Thursday.
Team Canada's 40 Greatest Juniors panel: Sherry Bassin, Erie Otters general manager; Craig Button, TSN scout; Tim Bernhardt, Phoenix Coyotes scout; Ken Campbell, The Hockey News; David Conte, New Jersey Devils scout; Gregg Drinnan, Kamloops Daily News; James Duthie, TSN host; Sheldon Ferguson, Carolina Hurricanes scout; Ray Ferraro, TSN analyst; Paul Graham, TSN vice-president; Terry Jones, Edmonton Sun; Terry Koshan, Toronto Sun; Marc Lachapelle, Journal de Montréal (retired); Gary Lawless, Winnipeg Free Press; Stephane Leroux, RDS host; Peter Loubardias, Shaw WHL play-by-play commentator; Blair Mackasey, Minnesota Wild scout; Pierre McGuire, NBC analyst; Bob McKenzie, TSN Insider; Gord Miller, TSN play-by-play commentator; Willy Palov, Halifax Chronicle-Herald; Brad Pascall, Hockey Canada vice-president; Andrew Podnieks, IIHF writer; Donna Spencer, Canadian Press; Ed Willes, Vancouver Province.