CALGARY, AB – The Western Hockey League is pleased to announce that 13 players from the WHL has been chosen to attend Canada’s National Junior Team’s Selection Camp from December 10-17 at the Beatrice Ice Gardens in North York, Ontario.
Three players from the WHL (Jay Bouwmeester, Dan Hamhuis, Jarret Stoll) are returning players, having captured bronze with Canada at the 2001 World Junior Hockey Championship.
A total of 36 players will compete at the 2002 selection camp with the goal of being chosen on the final roster of 22 that will participate for Canada at the 2002 World Junior Hockey Championship in Czech Republic, December 25-January 4, 2002.
Thirty-four of the thirty-six players are from the Canadian Hockey League, Canada’s premier junior hockey league. Including the 13 players from the Western Hockey League, there are 12 from the Ontario Hockey League, nine from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and two players who are currently playing in the U.S. College ranks.
Five of the WHL players previously represented Canada as members of the Canada’s National Under 18 team program (Jared Aulin, Nathan Paetsch, Jarret Stoll, Scottie Upshall, Jeff Woywitka).
There are also four members of the Personnel Staff representing Team Canada from the Western Hockey League. Marc Habscheid, Head Coach of the Kelowna Rockets and former member of Team Canada’s Gold Medal Team in 1982 is Team Canada’s Assistant Coach and Assistant Coach of the Brandon Wheat Kings, Mark Howell is the Video Coach. The Equipment Manager is the Vancouver Giants Trainer Colin Robinson and the Team Physician is the team physician of the Swift Current Broncos, Dr. Rizqi Ibrahim.
The selection camp will take place December 10-17th in North York, ON, at the Beatrice Ice Gardens.
Former NHL and WHL Billings Bighorn goaltender Andy Moog will also be on hand at the selection camp to assist the staff in the evaluation and preparation of the goaltenders. The veteran of 18 NHL seasons currently serves as a Goaltending Consultant with the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks.
All practices during the selection camp will be open to the public. Canada will play two intrasquad games on December 11 and 12, and two pre-competition games against the OUA All-Stars, December 13 and 14, with all games starting at 5:30 pm ET. For tickets to these two pre-competition games or the Red/White games, contact the Beatrice Ice Gardens at 416-661-5900, ext. 278 or purchase them at the door.
The following is the list of Western Hockey League players that will attend the Selection Camp.
Bendera, Shane: Red Deer Rebels
Bouwmeester, Jay; Medicine Hat Tigers
Hamhuis, Dan; Prince George Cougars
Paetsch, Nathan; Moose Jaw Warriors
Woywitka, Jeff; Red Deer Rebels
Armstrong, Colby; Red Deer Rebels
Aulin, Jared;Kamloops Blazers
Kobasew, Chuck; Kelowna Rockets
Murray, Garth; Regina Pats
Smith, Nathan; Swift Current Broncos
Stoll, Jarret;Kootenay Ice
Sutherby, Brian;Moose Jaw Warriors
Upshall, Scottie; Kamloops Blazers