CALGARY, AB – Everett Silvertips Captain and top 2012 NHL Draft prospect Ryan Murray has officially been selected to Team Canada’s roster for the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships, Hockey Canada announced in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League this morning. Murray and 21 other players will comprise Canada’s National Junior Team at the tournament, which opens 12 days from now in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta.
Murray, 18, becomes the second member of the Everett Silvertips to represent Canada at the World Juniors. Goaltender Leland Irving, currently of the Calgary Flames, was a member of Canada’s gold-medal squad in 2007. Everett forward Vladimir Dolnik will also participate in this year’s tournament as a member of Team Slovakia.
Among the 22 players named to Canada’s National Junior Team, six players are from the Western Hockey League including: Murray, Brendan Gallagher (Vancouver Giants), Quinton Howden (Moose Jaw Warriors), Mark Pysyk (Edmonton Oil Kings), Mark Stone (Brandon Wheat Kings) and Brett Connolly, a product of the Prince George Cougars, on loan to Canada’s National Junior Team from the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning.
Wednesday’s announcement comes at the conclusion of Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp, which ran from Dec. 10-14, 2011 at the WinSport Canada Athletic & Ice Complex in Calgary. A total of 43 players attended camp. Four members of this year’s roster – Brett Connolly (Prince George, B.C./Tampa Bay, NHL), Quinton Howden (Oak Bank, Man./Moose Jaw, WHL), Jaden Schwartz (Wilcox, Sask./Colorado College, CCHA) and Mark Visentin (Waterdown, Ont./Niagara, OHL) – helped Canada earn the silver medal at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y.
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“On behalf of Hockey Canada, I want to congratulate the players named to the final roster today, along with their club teams, parents and minor hockey coaches that have helped them reach this level,” said Brad Pascall, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations/national teams. “Canada is lucky to have many great young players, and these players should be very proud of their achievement today.”
Canada’s National Junior Team will practice once in Calgary, at the WinSport Canada Athletic & Ice Complex in Calgary, on Thursday at 11 a.m. before moving to Banff, where it will be based through Dec. 22. Canada will play three pre-competition games in Alberta prior to the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2011 to Jan. 5, 2012 in Calgary and Edmonton.
Canada will play its first game of the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship on Boxing Day, Dec. 26 against Finland. Canada has medalled at thirteen consecutive IIHF World Junior Championships, including gold medal performances in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, silver medals in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010 and 2011 and bronze medals in 2000 and 2001.
For more information on the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship, please visit www.HockeyCanada.ca/2012juniors, or follow along via social media at www.facebook.com/worldjuniors and www.twitter.com/hc_wjc .