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Stewie named Alternate Captain at Canada-Russia Challenge

November 24, 2004 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) - Kingston Frontenacs News Release

The Ontario Hockey League today announced that OHL graduates Paul Coffey and Shayne Corson will be the Honourary Captains for Team OHL in the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge. The league also announced that Kitchener Rangers forward Michael Richards will be the captain of Team OHL with Anthony Stewart (Kingston Frontenacs), Corey Perry (London Knights) and B.J. Crombeen (Barrie Colts) acting as alternate captains.

After graduating from the OHL's Kitchener Rangers in 1980, Coffey (pictured) went on to a stellar 21-year career in the National Hockey League. During his career, Coffey won the Stanley Cup three times with the Edmonton Oilers and once with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenceman three times and represented Canada in the Canada Cup on four occaisions. Coffey, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame earlier this month, will be the Honourary Captain of Team OHL on November 29 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga.

"I'm really looking forward to being part of this series," said Coffey, who also played two seasons with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. "We have a great group of young players here to represent the OHL and it should be a special experience for all of them."

Corson graduated from a three-year OHL career with the Brantford Alexanders and Hamilton Steelhawks in 1986. After being selected eighth overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, Corson went on to enjoy a 19-year career with the Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs and Dallas Stars. Corson led Team Canada to a silver medal in the 1986 World Junior Championships in Hamilton. He also represented Canada in the 1998 Winter Olympics. Corson will be the Honourary Captain of Team OHL on Novemeber 25 at the Barrie Molson Centre.

"I'm very excited about this opportunity to represent the OHL in this series, especially in my home town" said Corson, who led Canada with seven goals in the 1986 World Junior Championships. "It's always exciting when Canada and Russia meet on the ice. The history of this rivalry has been a part of our game for more than 30 years."

Richards, who is also the Rangers captain, was a key component to Team Canada's silver medal win at the World Junior Championships in Finland last year. Richards, a 19-year-old native of Kenora, had a goal and an assist in the opening game of the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge last year in London. He was a first round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He has 11 goals and 24 points n 19 games this season.

Stewart has been a mainstay for Team Canada over the past few seasons, representing Canada at the World Under-18 Championships two years ago and winning a silver medal at the World Junior Championships last year. The Frontenacs captain also scored in the opener of the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge last year. Stewart, a first round pick of the Florida Panthers, leads the Frontenacs with 13 goals and 28 points in 22 games.

Crombeen, the Colts captain, also played in the inaugural Canada-Russia Challenge last year. He also participated in the National Junior Team Summer Evaluation Camp. He has scored 10 goals and 14 points in 20 games this season. Crombeen, a second round draft pick of the Dallas Stars, had a goal and two assists in the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge last year.

Perry is the OHL's scoring leader with 54 points in 23 games this season. He has helped the Knights jump out to an OHL-record 23-game undefeated streak to start the season. He recorded points in 17 straight games to start the season. The first round pick of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim picked up an assist in the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge last year.

Team Russia won the first two games of the series in shootouts over Team QMJHL earlier this week in Quebec City and Montreal. The second game will be played at the Bell Centre in Montreal on November 23. The Barrie Colts will host the first OHL-based game on November 25 followed by the Mississauga IceDogs on November 29. The series will conclude in the WHL with the Red Deer Rebels hosting on December 1 and the Lethbridge Hurricanes hosting the finale on December 2.

Tickets for both OHL-based games are still available and can be ordered through Ticketmaster or by contact the team box offices.

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