A balanced offensive attack combined with solid defensive play has propelled Team Canada to the semi-finals of the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. The Canadians will now meet up with a country whom they normally cross paths with as the games become more important, their rivals from Russia.
A deep defensive group for Canada at this tournament includes Kale Clague, an offensive defenseman who plays for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL. Clague’s offensive skills haven’t been a required element in Canada’s recipe for success at this Ivan Hlinka, but some of that talent has been on display in Canada’s first three games. Clague has netted a goal so far in the tournament.
Clague went through an injury-shortened rookie season with the Wheat Kings in 2014-15, but he will be part of a lineup that is expected to again challenge for the WHL title. Aside from Clague, the Wheat Kings’ defense could boast a handful of NHL Draft picks, including Ivan Provorov (PHI), Ryan Pilon (NYI), and Oliver Kylington (CGY). Clague, a ’98-born, is hoping to join that trio of NHL prospects when his turn comes at the 2016 NHL Draft.
Hockey’s Future spoke with Clague after the win over the Swiss, with his comments being included in this HF video.
Really impressed with Kale Clague and Sam Girard. Both are very fluent skaters, finding a lot of open lanes so far. #2016NHLDraft
— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisNHL) August 10, 2015
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