Nine WHL Players Named to Canada Roster for 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge

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CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, announced Friday a roster of 28 players that will represent Canada in the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge in August, an event that replaces Canada’s National Junior Team summer development camp for this season.

Canada’s roster, comprised of three goaltenders, 10 defencemen and 15 forwards, was selected by Kevin Prendergast, head scout of the men’s Program of Excellence for Hockey Canada, along with Hockey Canada senior director of hockey operations and national teams Scott Salmond, and the team’s coaching staff, comprised of head coach Steve Spott (Waterloo, Ont./Kitchener, OHL), Mario Duhamel (St-Bruno, Que./Drummondville, QMJHL), Don Nachbaur (Prince George, B.C./Spokane, WHL) and André Tourigny (Nicolet, Que./Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL).

Prendergast will continue to monitor these players and other potential candidates during the first few months of the 2012-13 season and at the CHL Subway Super Series to determine who will be invited to Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp in December. In total, 22 players will be selected to represent Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, December 26, 2012 to January 5, 2013 in Ufa, Russia.

Hockey Canada and the CHL also named the members of the support staff for both the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge and the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Nine current WHL Players have been named to the Team Canada roster:

#

Name

P

S/C

Ht.

Wt.

Born

Hometown

Club Team

Pro Status

31

Laurent Brossoit

G

L/G

6’3”

200

03/23/93

Surrey, B.C.

Edmonton (WHL)

CGY ’11 (6, 164)

2

Mathew Dumba

D

R/D

6’0”

183

07/25/94

Calgary, Alta.

Red Deer (WHL)

2012 Dft/Rep.

5

Morgan Rielly

D

L/G

6’0”

190

03/09/94

West Vancouver, B.C.

Moose Jaw (WHL)

2012 Dft/Rep.

8

Griffin Reinhart

D

L/G

6’3.5”

202

01/24/94

West Vancouver, B.C.

Edmonton (WHL)

2012 Dft/Rep.

27

*Ryan Murray

D

L/G

6’0”

201

09/27/93

White City, Sask.

Everett (WHL)

2012 Dft/Rep.

9

Hunter Shinkaruk

F/A

L/G

5’10”

166

10/13/94

Calgary, Alta.

Medicine Hat (WHL)

2013 Dft/Rep.

23

Lukas Sutter

F/A

L/G

6’1”

202

10/04/93

Lethbridge, Alta.

Saskatoon (WHL)

2012 Dft/Rep.

26

Ty Rattie

F/A

R/D

5’11”

169

02/05/93

Airdrie, Alta.

Portland (WHL)

STL ’11 (2, 32)

28

Brendan Leipsic

F/A

L/G

5’9”

175

05/19/94

Winnipeg, Man.

Portland (WHL)

2012 Dft/Rep.

CLICK HERE FOR CANADA’S COMPLETE ROSTER FOR THE 2012 CANADA-RUSSIA CHALLENGE

Canada’s roster includes seven players who won bronze with Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship in Alberta: defencemen Dougie Hamilton (Toronto, Ont./Niagara, OHL), Scott Harrington (Kingston, Ont./London, OHL) and Ryan Murray (White City, Sask./Everett, WHL) and forwards Jonathan Huberdeau (St-Jérôme, Que./Saint John, QMJHL), Boone Jenner (Dorchester, Ont./Oshawa, OHL), Mark Scheifele (Kitchener, Ont./Barrie, OHL) and Ryan Strome (Mississauga, Ont./Niagara, OHL). A number of the players on Canada’s roster in Yaroslavl, Russia and in Halifax, N.S., will be front and centre at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft on June 22-23 in Pittsburgh, where many are expected to be selected in the first and second rounds.

The 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge is a collaboration between Hockey Canada, the Canadian Hockey League, Halifax Mooseheads and Halifax Trade Centre Limited, which will see Canada and Russia’s national junior programs face off in four games, two in Russia and two in Canada, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series.

2012 CANADA-RUSSIA CHALLENGE GAME SCHEDULE

Thursday, August 9 Time TBD Canada vs. Russia Yaroslavl, Russia

Friday, August 10 Time TBD Canada vs. Russia Yaroslavl, Russia

Monday, August 13 8 p.m. AT/7 p.m. ET Russia vs. Canada Halifax, N.S.

Tuesday, August 14 8 p.m. AT/7 p.m. ET Russia vs. Canada Halifax, N.S.

Two-game ticket packages for the Halifax portion of the series are on sale for $86, plus applicable fees. The packages are available by going to www.HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets, stopping by the Ticket Atlantic box office at the Halifax Metro Centre promenade via Carmichael and Duke streets, or by calling Ticket Atlantic at (902) 451-1221.

For more information on Canada’s National Junior Team and Hockey Canada, please visit www.HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along through social media at www.facebook.com/hockeycanada, www.twitter.com/hockeycanada and www.twitter.com/hc_teamcanada.  

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