Team WHL Rosters Announced for 2010 Canada-Russia Super Series

By League Press Release

Photo: Florida Panthers draft pick Quinton Howden will skate for Team WHL at the 2010 Super Series (photo courtesy of the WHL)

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League in association with the Western Hockey League and the Kamloops Blazers and Prince George Cougars Hockey Clubs today announced the rosters for Team WHL that will compete against Team Russia in the 2010 SUBWAY® Super Series.

The 2010 SUBWAY® Super Series will take place November 8 – 18 and marks the eighth straight year that teams of CHL All-Stars have competed against Team Russia in preparation for the World Junior Hockey Championships.  The SUBWAY® Super Series is an integral part of the evaluation process prior to Team Canada’s final selection camp in December.  This season, Canada will be competing for their 13th straight medal at the 2011 tournament in Buffalo, NY.

Team WHL will face Team Russia in games five and six of the series played Wednesday, November 17 in Kamloops, BC, and on Thursday, November 18 in Prince George, BC.  The first two games of the series are hosted by the QMJHL with the OHL hosting games three and four.

Team WHL was selected by a special committee of WHL General Managers along with Kevin Prendergast, Hockey Canada’s Head Scout for the Canadian National Junior Team, as part of the selection process for the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championships.

“I’m honoured to be working with such a strong group of talented hockey players from the Western Hockey League,” commented Team WHL head coach Ryan Huska.  “There are some terrific young hockey players in the WHL. This will be a great challenge for them against a very good Russian hockey club in this year’s SUBWAY® Super Series.”

The complete Team WHL roster consists of 32 players – two goalies, 10 defenceman and 20 forwards.  Top NHL prospects for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (RD) and Ty Rattie (POR) will compete in the series along with 2012 NHL Draft top prospect Ryan Murray (EVT).  Team WHL also features four first round draft picks from the 2010 NHL Draft, Ryan Johansen (POR), Brett Connolly (PG), Mark Pysyk (EDM) and Quinton Howden (MJ). Defenceman Jared Cowen (SPO) is the sole returning player from Team Canada’s 2010 silver medal team and was selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Game tickets are available at the Kamloops Blazers Box Office (250-828-3339) and the Prince Geroge CN Centre Ticketmaster Office (250-564-5585) or visit www.ticketmaster.ca.

The 2010 SUBWAY® Super Series is supported by CHL associate sponsors, Bank of Montreal and CCM.  All games will be broadcast nationally on Rogers Sportsnet with the two QMJHL games shown on RDS.

Team WHL Roster – Kamloops, BC – November 17, 2010

*Players competing in both games

Goaltenders (2):
Calvin Pickard, Seattle Thunderbirds*
Kent Simpson, Everett Silvertips*

Defencemen (6):
Jared Cowen, Spokane Chiefs
Stefan Elliott, Saskatoon Blades
Matt MacKenzie, Calgary Hitmen*
Austin Madaisky, Kamloops Blazers
Ryan Murray, Everett Silvertips
Mark Pysyk, Edmonton Oil Kings*

Forwards (12):
Carter Ashton, Regina Pats
Darian Dziurzynski, Saskatoon Blades
Byron Froese, Red Deer Rebels
Brendan Gallagher, Vancouver Giants*
Curtis Hamilton, Saskatoon Blades
Brandon Herrod, Prince Albert Raiders
Quinton Howden, Moose Jaw Warriors*
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Red Deer Rebels
Chase Schaber, Kamloops Blazers
Brendan Shinnimin, Tri-City Americans
Linden Vey, Medicine Hat Tigers*
Jordan Weal, Regina Pats

Team WHL Roster – Prince George, BC – November 18, 2010

*Players competing in both games

Goaltenders (2):
Calvin Pickard, Seattle Thunderbirds*
Kent Simpson, Everett Silvertips*

Defencemen (6):
Tyson Barrie, Kelowna Rockets
Matt MacKenzie, Calgary Hitmen*
Neil Manning, Vancouver Giants
Brayden McNabb, Kootenay Ice
Brett Ponich, Portland Winterhawks
Mark Pysyk, Edmonton Oil Kings*

Forwards (11):
Jimmy Bubnick, Calgary Hitmen
Brett Connolly, Prince George Cougars
Cody Eakin, Swift Current Broncos
Brendan Gallagher, Vancouver Giants*
Scott Glennie, Brandon Wheat Kings
Quinton Howden, Moose Jaw Warriors*
Ryan Howse, Chilliwack Bruins
Ryan Johansen, Portland Winterhawks
Ty Rattie, Portland Winterhawks
Brad Ross, Portland Winterhawks
Linden Vey, Medicine Hat Tigers*

Team WHL Staff:
Ryan Huska, Head Coach (Kelowna Rockets)
Mike Williamson, Assistant Coach (Calgary Hitmen)
Guy Charron, Assistant Coach (Kamloops Blazers) *Kamloops game only
Dean Clark, Assistant Coach (Prince George Cougars) *Prince George game only
Jeff Thorburn, Athletic Therapist (Kelowna Rockets)

2010 SUBWAY® Super Series Schedule of Games:
 Game 1 – Monday November 8 at Saint John, NB
Game 2 – Wednesday November 10 at Drummondville, QC
Game 3 – Thursday November 11 at London, ON
Game 4 – Monday November 15 at Sudbury, ON
Game 5 – Wednesday November 17 at Kamloops, BC
Game 6 – Thursday November 18 at Prince George, BC