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(ISN) – Calgary, AB – 23 Western Hockey League players have been named to their respective national team rosters that will see the bulk compete at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Toronto and Montreal.

Team Canada boasts 10 WHL players, excluding WHL graduate and Captain Curtis Lazar (Ottawa Senators). Denmark selected three WHL players while the United States, Russia and Switzerland each have two WHLers and one player was named to Slovakia’s roster.

In addition, Florian Baltram (Seattle Thunderbirds) competed for Austria in the Division IA IIHF World Junior Championship that were held in Asiago while Támas Ladáy (​Spokane Chiefs) was named to Hungary’s roster for the Division IB IIHF World Junior Championship held in Dunaújváros, Hungary.

WHL Players Named to the 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship Rosters:

Canada (10):
Madison Bowey (Kelowna Rockets)
Eric Comrie (Tri-City Americans)
Dillon Heatherington (Swift Current Broncos)
Joe Hicketts (Victoria Royals)
Josh Morrissey (Prince Albert Raiders)
Nic Petan (Portland Winterhawks)
Brayden Point (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Sam Reinhart (Kootenay Ice) ​
Shea Theodore (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Jake Virtanen (Calgary Hitmen)

Denmark (3):
Oliver Bjorkstrand (Portland Winterhawks)
Mads Eller (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Alexander True (Seattle Thunderbirds)

Russia (2):
Ivan Provorov (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Rinat Valiev (Kootenay Ice)

Switzerland (2):
Michael Fora (Kamloops Blazers)
Kris Schmidli (Kelowna Rockets)

United States (2):
Brandon Carlo (Tri-City Americans)
Chase De Leo (Portland Winterhawks)

Slovakia (1):
David Soltes (Prince George Cougars)

Germany (1):
Markus Eisenschmid (Medicine Hat Tigers)

WHL Players Named to the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship Division IA Rosters:

Austria (1):
Florian Baltram (Seattle Thunderbirds)

WHL Players Named to the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship Division IB Rosters:

Hungary (1):
Támas Ladáy (​Spokane Chiefs)

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