It was a tough Wednesday night for two 67s forwards trying to crack Canada’s World Junior roster.

Tyler Graovac and Sean Monahan were released in Team Canada’s first round of cuts.

Both players have had a rough time as of late. Graovac has missed 9 of 12 games with a groin injury. Monahan hasn’t played since November 20th, serving a suspension.

With the NHL’s labour talks dragging on, it’s even tougher for players to make the team. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would be playing for the Edmonton Oilers if not for the lockout. The same could be said for a few other players with various teams.

After learning the bad news, Graovac turned to Twitter:

“Tough night, gave it my all. Good luck to the boys and go for Gold…. See you in Ottawa!”

Sean Monahan, only 18, could have shot at Team Canada next year if he’s not in the NHL.

Meanwhile, three other players were cut Wednesday night: Adam Pelech, Derrick Pouliot and Francis Beauvillier.

Another nine players are expected to be released Thursday following an exhibition game against Canadian university players.