NINE WHL PLAYERS MAKE TEAM CANADA ROSTER

Wed Dec 15

TORONTO, Ont. – Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) announced Wednesday the 22 players who will comprise Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y. from December 26, 2010 through January 5, 2011.

Nine of the 22 players announced to the roster are from the Western Hockey League, including 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship Silver Medalists Jared Cowen of the Spokane Chiefs and Brayden Schenn of the Brandon Wheat Kings.  Also named to the roster is Tri-City Americans forward Carter Ashton, Kelowna Rocket and reigning WHL Defenceman of the Year Tyson Barrie, the Prince George Cougars’ Brett Connolly, Swift Current Broncos forward Cody Eakin, the Saskatoon Blades’ Curtis Hamilton, Moose Jaw Warriors forward Quinton Howden and the first WHL player selected at the 2010 NHL Draft Portland Winterhawks stand-out Ryan Johansen.

Over the past 10 World Junior Championship tournaments, 93 WHL players, representing over 40% of Team Canada’s National Junior roster, helped Canada capture five consecutive Gold medals, four Silver medals and one Bronze medal. 

WHL Players Named to Team Canada’s National Junior Team 

#

Player

S/C

Ht.

Wt.

Birthdate

Hometown/Country

Team/Organization

NHL Draft

Defense

2

Jared Cowen

L

6'5

227

25/01/1991

Allan, Sask.

Spokane (WHL)

OTT ’09 (1, 9)

22

Tyson Barrie

R

5'10

190

26/07/1991

Victoria, B.C.

Kelowna (WHL)

COL ’09 (3, 64)

Forward

10

Brayden Schenn

L

6'0

199

22/08/1991

Saskatoon, Sask.

Brandon (WHL)

LA ’09 (1, 5)

12

Quinton Howden

L

6'2

192

21/01/1992

Oak Bank, Man.

Moose Jaw (WHL)

FLA ’10 (1, 25)

16

Curtis Hamilton

L

6'3

202

4/12/1991

Kelowna, B.C.

Saskatoon (WHL)

EDM ’10 (2, 48)

19

Ryan Johansen

R

6'2

193

31/07/1992

Port Moody, B.C.

Portland (WHL)

CBJ ’10 (1, 4)

21

Cody Eakin

L

6'0

187

24/05/1991

Winnipeg, Man.

Swift Current (WHL)

WSH ’09 (3, 85)

25

Carter Ashton

L

6'3

219

1/4/1991

Saskatoon, Sask.

Tri-City (WHL)

TB ’09 (1, 29)

28

Brett Connolly

R

6'2

181

2/5/1992

Port Hardy, B.C.

Prince George (WHL)

TB ’10 (1, 6)


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Hockey Canada’s senior director of hockey operations and national teams, Scott Salmond, head scout Kevin Prendergast, head coach Dave Cameron (Mississauga, OHL) and the coaching staff named the final roster at the conclusion of a four-day selection camp, which included two Red-White intrasquad games and a 6-2 win over a CIS all-star team on Tuesday night in Toronto, Ont.

Four of the players named on Wednesday are returning players – Jared Cowen (Allan, Sask./Spokane, WHL), Calvin de Haan (Carp, Ont./Oshawa, OHL), Ryan Ellis (Freelton, Ont./Windsor, OHL) and Braydon Schenn (Saskatoon, Sask./Brandon, WHL), helped Canada earn the silver medal at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship in Regina and Saskatoon, Sask. Ellis also won a gold medal with Canada at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ottawa, Ont. and will become only the seventh player all-time to represent Canada at three IIHF World Junior Championships (Jason Botterill, Jay Bouwmeester, Eric  Lindros, Trevor Kidd, Martin Lapointe, Jason Spezza).

Canada’s National Junior Team will remain in Toronto until Friday, when it will move its home base to Niagara Falls, Ont. All of Canada’s on-ice sessions at the Gale Centre are open to the public free of charge.

CLICK HERE FOR CANADA’S NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM PRE-COMPETITION CAMP SCHEDULE

Canada’s National Junior Team will play in three pre-competition games in southern Ontario prior to the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship, including games against Switzerland (December 20 in Oshawa), Sweden (December 21 in Toronto) and Finland (December 23 in Kitchener). While the games in Oshawa and Kitchener are sold out, there are still tickets available for the game in Toronto on December 21. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.  

Canada will play its first game of the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship on Boxing Day, December 26 in Buffalo versus Russia, a game that will be broadcast LIVE by TSN/RDS and on The FAN Radio Network (check local listings).

Canada has medaled at twelve straight IIHF World Junior Championships, including gold medal performances in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, silver medals in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2010 and bronze medals in 2000 and 2001.

For more information on Canada’s National Junior Team and Hockey Canada, please visit www.HockeyCanada.ca.