November 14, 2013, Prince Albert SK (ISN) – All three 16-year-olds on the Prince Albert Raiders roster were named to Team Pacific for the upcoming World Under-17 Challenge in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia earlier today.
Brendan Guhle, a 6’2″, 178-pound defenceman from Sherwood Park, Alberta, has recorded 3 assists and an even rating through 20 games this season.
Goaltender Nick McBride, a product of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, has appeared in 7 games this season recording a 3-2-0-0 record with a 2.63 goals against average and .930 save percentage.
Matteo Gennaro, a 6’2, 180-pound centre who hails from St. Albert, Alberta, has tallied 5 goals and added 4 assists for 9 points in his first 20 WHL games.
All three players were selected by the Raiders in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft, being taken 3rd (Guhle), 23rd (McBride) and 41st (Gennaro) overall.
“The selection process for this team was very in-depth and the coaching staff feels very positive about the roster that’s been assembled,” said Team Pacific Head Coach, Steve Hamilton. “We think this is a very deep team with a good combination of skill, size and character – all the elements needed to play a versatile game.”
The 2014 World U17 Hockey Challenge brings together the top players in the world born 1997 or later. The tournament is made up of 10 teams; five (5) from Canada – Quebec, Ontario, Pacific (Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Yukon), Atlantic (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island) and West (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nunavut) and five (5) international teams.
Team Pacific will be competing in Group A at the World U17 Hockey Challenge with Team West, Team Quebec, Sweden and Czech Republic. Group B will comprise of Germany, USA, Team Ontario, Team Atlantic and Russia. Team Pacific will play an exhibition game against Russia on December 28, 2013 before they play their first preliminary round contest against Team Quebec on December 29, 2013.