(ISN) – CALGARY, AB – The Western Hockey League would like to congratulate the 10 current WHL players on Team Canada’s National Junior Team roster who earned the gold medal at the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championship tonight in Toronto.
WHL graduate and Team Canada Captain Curtis Lazar as well as Assistant Coach Dave Lowry (Victoria Royals) also played key roles as Canada defeated Russia by a score of 5-4.
Returnees Sam Reinhart (West Vancouver, BC / Kootenay ICE) and Nic Petan (Delta, BC / Portland Winterhawks) finished the tournament atop the scoring race with 11 each through seven games played.
Canada’s dominant blueline included five WHL rearguards. Josh Morrissey (Calgary, AB / Kelowna Rockets), Madison Bowey (Winnipeg, MB / Kelowna Rockets), Dillon Heatherington (Calgary, AB / Swift Current Broncos), Joe Hicketts (Kamloops, BC / Victoria Royals) and Shea Theodore (Aldergrove, BC / Seattle Thunderbirds) all played critical roles on the backend. Kelowna teammates Morrissey and Bowey each finished the tournament with four points.
Brayden Point (Calgary, AB / Moose Jaw Warriors) logged important minutes for Canada in the final two games while Jake Virtanen (Abbotsford, BC / Calgary Hitmen) had a strong tournament.
Eric Comrie (Edmonton, AB / Tri-City Americans) had a 1.50 goals against average and one shutout in two games played en route to the gold medal.
Team Russia defencemen Rinat Valiev (Kootenay ICE) and Ivan Provorov (Brandon Wheat Kings) earned the silver medal in the loss.
TEAM CANADA RETURN FLIGHT ITINERARY INFORMATION – TUESDAY, JAN. 6
Players and staff will return to their club teams on Tuesday, Jan. 6. See below for specific flight itineraries for Canada’s players. Information is listed alphabetically by FINAL destination. Arrival times are all LOCAL TIMES. Flight information may change without notice.
Calgary, Alta. / AC173 / 2:21 p.m.
Scott Salmond (vice-president, hockey operations/national teams), Ryan Jankowski (director, player personnel), Misha Donskov (video manager), Bayne Pettinger (manager, team operations), Dr. Ian Auld (team doctor), Kent Kobelka (therapist)
Kelowna, B.C. / AC8412 / 11:23 a.m.
Bruce Hamilton (management group)
Regina, Sask. / AC1115 / 1:15 p.m.
Dillon Heatherington, Brayden Point, Jake Virtanen
Saskatoon, Sask. / AC1123 / 2:53 p.m.
Victoria, B.C. / AC8071 / 3:25 p.m.
Joe Hicketts, Dave Lowry (assistant coach)
Winnipeg, Man. / WJ475 / 3:14 p.m.
Players and staff not listed are driving to their destination, going to a U.S. destination or not leaving the Toronto area until a later date.