The Western Hockey League announced today that 78 WHL prospects will compete in the men’s hockey event scheduled for February 15 to February 22 at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.
Saskatchewan will be represented by the most WHL prospects, with 20 players donning the green and gold. Both Alberta and British Columbia will carry 19 WHL prospects each, while Manitoba is boosted by 17 WHL prospects. A pair of WHL prospects will represent the Northwest Territory, with one more competing on behalf of the Yukon.
All 22 players selected in the first round of the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft will compete for national supremacy in Red Deer. Led by first-overall selection Dylan Guenther (Edmonton Oil Kings / Edmonton, Alta.), Alberta features 11 first-round draftees. Team B.C. boasts five first-round selections, including fifth-overall pick Logan Stankoven (Kamloops Blazers / Kamloops, B.C.). Saskatchewan will be anchored by third-overall selection Nolan Allan (Prince Albert Raiders / Davidson, Sask.) and two other first-round choices. Finally, Manitoba will be fueled by three first-round selections, including Carson Lambos (Kootenay ICE / Winnipeg, Man.), who was the second-overall pick in 2018.
All 22 WHL Clubs will enjoy representation at the 2019 Canada Winter Games, with the Edmonton Oil Kings and Victoria Royals leading the charge with six prospects each. The Brandon Wheat Kings, Kamloops Blazers, Kelowna Rockets and Spokane Chiefs will each send five prospects to this year’s national tournament.
Every event at the 2019 Canada Winter Games will be streamed either live or on-demand at CanadaGames.Live. Coverage of the men’s hockey gold medal game will be provided by TSN.
Featuring over 150 events in 19 sports and a major arts and cultural festival, the 2019 Canada Winter Games welcomes up to 3,600 athletes, managers and coaches, and more than 100,000 spectators. The 2019 Canada Winter Games run from February 15 through March 3, with men’s hockey concluding on Friday, February 22.