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Luke Walker Named To U.S. World Junior Team

December 23, 2009 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Portland Winterhawks News Release

Portland Winterhawks forward Luke Walker has been named to the United States team that will compete at the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Hockey Championship.

The tournament runs from Dec. 26 - Jan. 5 in Saskatoon and Regina, Canada, and Walker could miss up to five Winterhawks games to play in the tournament.

Walker, who was born in New Haven, Connecticut, has 15 goals and 15 assists for 30 points in 32 games with the Winterhawks this season. He played last night in an exhibition game against the team from the Czech Republic and competed at Team USA's tryout camp during the previous week. Walker attended the camp less than two weeks after suffering a serious mouth injury in a game in Everett on December 8 when he was hit in the mouth area with a puck and needed 50 stitches and emergency surgery the following morning to repair the damage.

"We're very proud of Luke and know he'll be a tremendous asset for the United States team at the World Junior Championship," said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Mike Johnston. "It's a testament to Luke's toughness and will that he returned to the ice so quickly after his injury. Everyone with the organization will be following his play closely and cheering him on."

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