CALGARY, AB – The Western Hockey League, in association with the Canadian Hockey League, announced today that forwards Brad Morrison, Lane Pederson and Mason Shaw have been added to Team WHL’s roster for the 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series, which begins Monday, November 7 in Prince George, BC.
Morrison, Pederson and Shaw will replace forwards Dillon Dube (Kelowna Rockets), Brett Howden (Moose Jaw Warriors) and Nolan Patrick (Brandon Wheat Kings), who are unable to participate due to injuries.
Drafted in the fourth round, 113th overall, of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers, the 19-year-old Morrison currently leads the Prince George Cougars in scoring with 20 points (7G-13A) in 17 games. A product of Prince George, Morrison previously represented Canada as a member of Team Canada Pacific at the 2014 World U17 Hockey Challenge, tallying six points (3G-3A) in six games. In 216 career WHL regular season games, the 6-foot, 170-pound centre has registered 156 points (71G-85A).
An undrafted free agent signee of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, the 19-year-old Pederson is on pace for a career season, having notched 15 points (5G-10A) in 15 games with the Swift Current Broncos. A product of Saskatoon, Pederson previously represented Canada as a member of Team Canada Western at the 2014 World U17 Hockey Challenge, registering three assists in five games. In 152 career WHL regular season games, the 6-foot-1, 196-pound centre has 90 points (33G-57A) to his name.
Eligible for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, the 18-year-old Shaw is currently leading the WHL in scoring with 27 points (5G-22A) in 15 games with the Medicine Hat Tigers. In October, he was named to the NHL Central Scouting ‘Players to Watch’ List with a ‘C’ rating. A product of Wainwright, AB, Shaw previously represented Team Canada at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, collecting seven points (1G-6A) in seven games. In 106 career WHL regular season games, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound centre has amassed 98 points (26G-72A).
Team WHL will face Team Russia in Game 1 of the 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series in Prince George, B.C., on Monday, November 7, before continuing on to Edmonton, AB, for Game 2 on Tuesday, November 8. The Ontario Hockey League will host Games 3 and 4, while the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League will welcome the festivities surrounding Games 5 and 6.
The six-game series features regional league teams of Canadian National Junior Team candidates competing against the Russian National Junior Team. For the third straight season, the event will open with two games in the WHL.
Since the event first began in 2003, CHL teams have played to an overall record of 54-18-6 against Team Russia. The competitiveness of the rivalry has grown in recent years with four of the last six series decided in the final game. Russia earned their first series victory in 2010 and have since alternated annual series victories with the CHL who earned the 2015 title by a 12-3 margin in points.
The event is an integral part of the identification process for Team Canada prior to the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. Canada was represented at this season’s World Junior in Finland by 21 CHL players who competed in this series in 2015, while 13 members of Team Russia’s series entry also competed in Helsinki earning a second straight silver medal.
The 2016 CIBC Canada Russia series is supported by CHL associate sponsors Cooper Tire, autoTRADER.ca and Sherwin-Williams. All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.
2016 CHL Canada Russia Series Schedule:
Game 1 – Monday November 7 at Prince George, BC
Game 2 – Tuesday November 8 at Edmonton, AB
Game 3 – Thursday November 10 at North Bay, ON
Game 4 – Monday November 14 at Hamilton, ON
Game 5 – Tuesday November 15 at Chicoutimi, QC
Game 6 – Thursday November 17 at Baie-Comeau, QC