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Team WHL Rosters Announced For Subway Super Series

October 29, 2009 - Western Hockey League (WHL) News Release


CALGARY, AB - The Canadian Hockey League in association with the Western Hockey League and SUBWAY(r) today announced the rosters for Team WHL competing in the 2009 SUBWAY(r) Super Series.

The 2009 SUBWAY(r) Super Series will take place November 16 - 26 and marks the seventh straight year that teams of CHL All-Stars have competed against Team Russia in preparation for the World Junior Hockey Championships. The SUBWAY(r) Super Series is an integral part of the evaluation process prior to Team Canada's final selection camp in December. This season, Canada will be competing for a record sixth straight gold medal at the 2010 tournament in Saskatoon and Regina, SK.

Team WHL will face Team Russia in games five and six of the series played Wednesday, November 25 in Victoria, BC, and on Thursday, November 26 in Kelowna, BC. The first two games of the series are hosted by the QMJHL with the OHL hosting games three and four.

Team WHL was selected by a special committee of WHL General Managers along with Al Murray, Hockey Canada's Head Scout for the Canadian National Junior Team, as part of the selection process for the 2010 World Junior Hockey Championships.

"The WHL is fortunate to have so many good players to choose from for the SUBWAY(r) Super Series," commented Willie Desjardins of the Medicine Hat Tigers, who will coach Team WHL and serve as Head Coach for Team Canada. "This is a great opportunity for our players to compete against a very talented Russian team and showcase themselves to Hockey Canada for future International events."

The complete Team WHL roster consists of 33 players - two goalies, 10 defenceman and 21 forwards. Top NHL prospects for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, including Brett Connolly (PG), Curtis Hamilton (SAS), Quinton Howden (MJ), Calvin Pickard (SEA) and Mark Pysyk (EDM), will compete in the series along with four first round draft picks from the 2009 NHL Entry, Brayden Schenn (BDN), Scott Glennie (BDN), Jared Cowen (SPO) and Carter Ashton (LET). Forward Jordan Eberle (REG) and defenceman Colten Teubert (REG) represent returning players from Team Canada's 2009 gold medal winning team and both were selected in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

The two WHL games will be hosted in the province of British Columbia on Wednesday, November 25th in Victoria, BC and Thursday, November 26th in Kelowna, BC. Game tickets are available at Kelowna's Prospera Place Box Office (250-762-5050) and at Victoria's Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Box Office (250-220-7777) or visit www.selectyourtickets.com.

Team WHL Roster - Victoria, BC - November 25, 2009

*Players competing in both games

Forwards (12): Year: Club: Hometown:

Glennie, Scott (91) Brandon Winnipeg, MB

Schenn, Brayden (91) Brandon Saskatoon, SK

Raedeke, Brent * (90) Edmonton Regina, SK

Froese, Byron (91) Everett Winkler, MB

Hamilton, Wacey* (90) Medicine Hat Cochrane, AB

Vey, Linden* (91) Medicine Hat Wakaw, SK

Eberle, Jordan (90) Regina Regina, SK

Koper, Levko (90) Spokane Edmonton, AB

Dowling, Justin (90) Swift Current Cochrane, AB

Eakin, Cody (91) Swift Current Winnipeg, MB

Shinnimin, Brendan (91) Tri-City Winnipeg, MB

Bouma, Lance (90) Vancouver Provost, AB

Defence (6): Club: Hometown: Robak, Colby (90) Brandon Gilbert Plains, MB

Pysyk, Mark* (92) Edmonton Sherwood Park, AB

Barrie, Tyson* (91) Kelowna Victoria, BC

Ponich, Brett (91) Portland Beaumont, AB

Teubert, Colten (90) Regina White Rock, BC

Cowen, Jared (91) Spokane Allan, SK

Goaltenders (2): Club: Hometown: Jones, Martin* (90) Calgary Vancouver, BC

Pickard, Calvin* (92) Seattle Winnipeg, MB

Team WHL Roster - Kelowna, BC - November 26, 2009

Forwards (12): Year: Club: Hometown:

Kozun, Brandon (90) Calgary Calgary, AB

Raedeke, Brent * (90) Edmonton Regina, SK

Shattock, Tyler (90) Kamloops Salmon Arm, BC

McMillan, Brandon (90) Kelowna Delta, BC

Ashton, Carter (91) Lethbridge Saskatoon, SK

Hamilton, Wacey* (90) Medicine Hat Cochrane, AB

Vey, Linden* (91) Medicine Hat Wakaw, SK

Howden, Quinton (92) Moose Jaw Oakbank, MB

Connolly, Brett (92) Prince George Prince George, BC

Coetzee, Willie (90) Red Deer Maple Ridge, BC

Hamilton, Curtis (91) Saskatoon Kelowna, BC

Cunningham, Craig (90) Vancouver Trail, BC

Defence (6): Club: Hometown: Stone, Michael (90) Calgary Winnipeg, MB

Pysyk, Mark* (92) Edmonton Sherwood Park, AB

Barrie, Tyson* (91) Kelowna Victoria, BC

McNabb, Brayden (91) Kootenay Davidson, SK

Hamonic, Travis (90) Moose Jaw St. Malo, MB

Elliott, Stefan (91) Saskatoon Vancouver, BC

Goaltenders (2): Club: Hometown:

Jones, Martin* (90) Calgary Vancouver, BC

Pickard, Calvin* (92) Seattle Winnipeg, MB

Team WHL Staff:

Willie Desjardins, Head Coach (Medicine Hat Tigers)

Don Hay, Assistant Coach (Vancouver Giants)

Ryan Huska, Assistant Coach (Kelowna Rockets)

Jeff Thorburn, Athletic Therapist (Kelowna Rockets)

Grant Ferguson, Equipment Manager (Vancouver Giants)

The 2009 SUBWAY® Super Series is supported by associate sponsors, Bank of Montreal, NeilMed and CCM. All games will be broadcast nationally on Rogers Sportsnet with the QMJHL games shown on RDS.

For more information about the event and tickets please visit www.subwaysuperseries.com

2009 SUBWAY® Super Series Schedule of Games:

Game 1 - Monday November 16 at Drummondville, QC

Game 2 - Wednesday November 18 at Shawinigan, QC

Game 3 - Thursday November 19 at Barrie, ON

Game 4 - Monday November 23 at Windsor, ON

Game 5 - Wednesday November 25 at Victoria, BC

Game 6 - Thursday November 26 at Kelowna, BC


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