20 in 20: Detroit Jr. Red Wings

Jun 16, 2021 | Craig Peterson

J.J. Salajko stands in net at Nationwide Arena, running through a series of goalie drills.

A closer look at each of the 20 teams participating at the 2021 World Selects Trophy.

The ‘20 in 20’ series takes a deep dive into each of the 20 teams competing at the historic World Selects Trophy in Nashville, Tennessee on June 28th. This 15U tournament is set to feature the best players in the age group from around the world with players from the U.S., Canada and Europe. Today, we take a closer look at the Detroit Jr. Red Wings.


A squad based out of Michigan, many of the players on the roster are local to the area with add-ins from Ohio, Pennsylvania and Colorado. 

Ohio Blue Jackets goaltender J.J. Salajko anchors the team in net. He has good size and takes up a lot of space, and could get plenty of ‘run support’ from forwards like A.J. Spellacy from the Cleveland Barons Elite and Liam Storch from Little Caesars. HoneyBaked defenseman Austin Baker is influential from the back end as well, rounding out the Jr. Red Wings into a balanced attack front to back. 

A couple of players will quite literally be Jr. Wings, as Salajko is the son of current Detroit Red Wings goalie coach Jeff Salajko, and Blake Barnes’ father Ryan was a second-round pick and spent three seasons in the organization as well.

WHH is providing exclusive coverage of the 2021 World Selects Trophy. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube for the latest news regarding the international tournament later this month.




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