Seven WHL Players Named To Team Canada U-18 Team

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Jeff Hubert

July 29, 2013, CALGARY, AB (ISN) – Hockey Canada today announced the 22-man roster for Canada’s National Under-18 Team that will compete in the 2013 Memorial for Ivan Hlinka tournament in August.

Seven of the 22 players named to the roster are from the Western Hockey League, including defencemen Joe Hicketts (Victoria Royals), Haydn Fleury (Red Deer Rebels) and Ryan Pilon (Lethbridge Hurricanes), and forwards Jayce Hawryluk (Brandon Wheat Kings), Rourke Chartier (Kelowna Rockets), Brayden Point (Moose Jaw Warriors) and Jake Virtanen (Calgary Hitmen).

The 2013 Canadian Under-18 roster features two goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards. All 22 players named to the Under-18 roster play in the Canadian Hockey League.

Hicketts, a product of Kamloops, B.C., was Victoria’s first-round pick, 12th overall, in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft, and put up six goals and 24 points in 67 games as a 16-year-old rookie in 2012-13

Fleury, who hails from Carlyle, SK, was selected by Red Deer in the second round, 43rd overall, in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft. He managed four goals and 19 points with a +4 rating in 66 games for the Rebels last season.

Pilon was the 3rd overall pick in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft. The Duck Lake, SK, native scored five goals and 28 points in 57 games for the Hurricanes in 2012-13.

Hawryluk, from Roblin, MB, was chosen by the Wheat Kings in the second round, 32nd overall, in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft. The 5’9″, 186-lb forward notched 18 goals and 43 points as a 16-year-old last season, finishing third on the Wheat Kings in scoring.

Chartier, a product of Saskatoon, SK, was Kelowna’s first-round pick, 15th overall, in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft. The 2012-13 Western Conference nominee for WHL Scholastic Player of the Year scored 13 goals and 30 points with a +17 rating during his 16-year-old rookie campaign.

Point, a Calgary, AB, native, was selected 14th overall by the Moose Jaw Warriors in 2011. He led all 16-year-old WHL rookies in scoring last season with 24 goals and 57 points.

Virtanen, an Abbotsford, B.C., resident, was selected by the Calgary Hitmen with the 1st overall pick in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft. The 6’0″, 199-lb forward put up an impressive 16 goals and 34 points with a +25 rating in his first WHL campaign in 2012-13.

Canada’s Under-18 team will be gunning for its sixth consecutive Gold medal at the Memorial for Ivan Hlinka tournament. The 2013 Memorial for Ivan Hlinka tournament begins on August 5th in Breclav, CZE, and Piestany, SVK.


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