Team Loaded with WHL Talent

By HF Staff

Saskatchewan Hockey Association and Manitoba Hockey announced the roster for Team Western which will compete in the Under 17 World Hockey Challenge in Selkirk and Stonewall, Manitoba from December 29, 2001 to January 4, 2002. The roster includes 20 players that are either currently playing in the Western Hockey League or are on a WHL Club’s 50 Player List. The roster includes 11 players from Saskatchewan and 11 players from Manitoba.

Team Western departs for Winnipeg on December 26th. Team Western will see its first action in an exhibition game against Russia on Friday, December 28th. Tournament play begins Saturday, December 29th versus Germany.

Goaltenders:
Rejean Beauchemin, Winnipeg Warriors AAA midget, Listed by Prince Albert Raiders
Josh Lepp, Kelowna Rockets – WHL

Defencemen:
Paul Albers, Calgary Hitmen – WHL
Braydon Coburn, Portland Winter Hawks – WHL

Dustin DeGagne, Winnipeg South Blues,MJHL.

Josh Pokol, Kamloops Blazers – WHL

Derek Poplawski, St. James Canadiens – MJHL, Listed by Swift Current Broncos

Stewart Thiessen, Pembina Valley AAA midget, Listed by Lethbridge Hurricanes

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Forwards:
Kyle Annesley, Calgary Hitmen – WHL

Mitch Carefoot, Dauphin Kings – MJHL, Listed by Brandon Wheat Kings

Nigel Dawes, Kootenay Ice – WHL

Eric Fehr, Brandon Wheat Kings – WHL

Jesse Fischer, Saskatoon Contacts AAA midget, Listed by Spokane Chiefs

Josh Froese, Pembina Valley Hawks AAA midget

Ryan Getzlaf, Calgary Hitmen – WHL

Luke Hunter, Swift Current Broncos – WHL

Chad Klassen, Spokane Chiefs – WHL

James Knight, Winnipeg South Blues – MJHL, Listed by Moose Jaw Warriors

Stefan Meyer, Medicine Hat Tigers – WHL

Brett Novak, Prince Albert Raiders – WHL

Mark Olafson, St. James Canadiens – MJHL, Listed by Kelowna Rockets

Andrew Zulyniak, St. James Canadiens – MJHL, Listed by Prince Albert Raiders