Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League, in association with the Canadian Hockey League, announced today that Kelowna Rockets forwar Nick Merkley will serve as an alternate captain for Team WHL in the 2015 CHL Canada Russia Series, which begins Monday in Kelowna.
Merkley replaces Calgary Hitmen defenceman Travis Sanheim who will miss the event due to injury.
In his third WHL season, Merkley has notched 15 points (6g-9a) in 14 games. The Calgary, AB native was selected by the Arizona Coyotes in the first round, 30th overall, of the 2015 NHL Draft. Merkley was also a member of the Rockets team that won the 2015 Ed Chynoweth Cup.
Moose Jaw Warriors forward Brayden Point and Victoria Royals defenceman Joe Hicketts were named captains of Team WHL earlier this week and will alternate games. Hicketts will serve as an alternate captain on Monday, while Point will wear an ‘A’ on Tuesday.
Red Deer Rebels defenceman Haydn Fleury will be an alternate captain for both games.
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2015 CHL Canada Russia Series Schedule:
Game 1 – Monday, November 9 at Kelowna, BC
Game 2 – Tuesday, November 10 at Kamloops, BC
Game 3 – Thursday, November 12 at Owen Sound, ON
Game 4 – Monday, November 16 at Windsor, ON
Game 5 – Tuesday, November 17 at Rouyn-Noranda, QC
Game 6 – Thursday, November 19 at Halifax, NS