19 CHL Stars Named to Canadian National Junior Team

By pbadmin

CHL Press Release

CALGARY, AB – Hockey Canada, in collaboration with the Canadian Hockey League, announced on Friday, December 15th, 2006, the final roster of 22 players which will represent Canada at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship in Leksand and Mora, Sweden from December 26, 2006 through January 5, 2007.

The roster features 11 players that won a gold medal at the 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship in Vancouver, seven additional players with previous international experience. Sixteen (16) players have represented Canada with the National Under-18 Program, while 16 players have presented Canada on regional teams at the World Under-17 Challenge.

CHL Players on Canadian World Junior Team



Goaltenders



Irving, Leland – Everett Silvertips (WHL)

Price, Carey – Tri-City Americans (WHL)



Defencemen



Alzner, Karl – Calgary Hitmen (WHL)

Bourdon, Luc – Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)

Franson, Cody – Vancouver Giants (WHL)

Letang, Kristopher – Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL)

Parent, Ryan – Guelph Storm (OHL)

Russell, Kris – Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)



Forwards



Cliche, Marc-Andre – Lewiston MAINE-iacs (QMJHL)

Downie, Steve – Peterborough Petes (OHL)

Gagner, Sam – London Knights (OHL)

Helm, Darren – Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)

Little, Bryan – Barrie Colts (OHL)

Marchand, Brad – Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL)

McArdle, Kenndal – Vancouver Giants (WHL)

Neal, James – Plymouth Whalers (OHL)

O’Marra, Ryan – Saginaw Spirit (OHL)

Pyatt, Tom – Saginaw Spirit (OHL)

The team departs for Europe on Friday afternoon where it will train in Vierumakki, Finland from December 16-19. Canada will play in two exhibition games, on December 20th in Helsinki against Finland, and on December 22nd in Stockholm in Sweden.

Canada has medaled in eight straight World Junior Championships including: back to back gold medal performances in 2006 and 2005, silver medals in 2004, 2003, 2002, 1999 and bronze medals in 2001 and 2000.

At the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship in Sweden, Canada will look to win a third consecutive gold medal for the first time since Canada’s string of five consecutive World Junior Championship titles (1993-1997). Canada will play its first game of the 2007 World Juniors in Sweden on Boxing Day, December 26th, versus Sweden at 1:00pm ET (7:00pm local), which will be broadcast LIVE by TSN/RDS and on the FAN radio network (check local listings).