Sixteen WHLers on Canada’s WJC preliminary roster

By Brendan Macgranachan


Sixteen Western Hockey League
players, including eight defenseman, were invited to the Canadian National Junior
Team Selection Camp. The seven day selection camp will run from December
11-18 at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium in Kitchener, Ontario. Twenty-two of
the 34 players invited to the Camp, which includes 16 from the WHL, 10
from the Ontario Hockey League, 7 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
and 1 NCAA player, will stick on the final Canadian Roster for the IIHF
World Junior Hockey Championship in Helsinki and Hameenlisa, Finland, which
will run from December 26th, 2003 to January 5th, 2004.

Of those thirty-four going
to Kitchener, only two are returnees from last year’s silver medal in Halifax,
Nova Scotia. One of the two is Swift Current Bronco defenseman Ian White.
White was questionable for the camp because of a broken ankle which kept
him out of action for a few months but should be ready to go once camp
gets under way. The other returnee is Daniel Paillé of the Guelph
Storm (OHL).

The WHL will have two goaltenders
at camp. Regina Pat goalie Josh Harding will be there along with
Red Deer Rebel and Carolina Hurricane first rounder Cam Ward, who
had a sub par camp last year and was sent back. Both goaltenders
participated on the WHL team in the ReMax Canada/Russia Challenge.

Of the eight defenseman representing
the WHL at camp, three of those where 2003 first rounders. Portland’s Braydon
(8th overall, Atlanta), Red Deer’s Dion Phaneuf (9th
overall, Calgary) and Tri-Cities’ Shawn Belle (30th overall, St.
Louis) are on the roster along with Hitman defenseman Mike Egener, Red
Deer’s Derek Meech, Lethbridge’s Brent Seabrook, White and
Josh Gorges, the captain for the WHL at Canada/Russia Challenge.

Highlighting the list up
front for the WHL are Wheat King Eric Fehr and Calgary’s Ryan
. Moose Jaw’s Kyle Brodziak, Prince Albert’s Jeremy
Vancouver’s Adam Courchaine and Kootneay’s Nigel
will also be in Kitchener.

For other countries, Marcus Jonasen of the Tri-Cities Americans will play for Team Sweden at the World Juniors. Marcus Paulsson of the Saskatoon Blades was also announced to the Sweden roster as a non-travelling reserve. Red Deer’s Masi Marjamaki was announced to the Team Finland roster and Moose Jaw’s Tomas Fleischman will play with the Czech squad. Also, Brandon Wheat King defenseman Ole-Kristan Tollefsen was named captain for Team Norway in the upcoming World Junior “B” Hockey Championships in France.

Complete WHL Roster for
the Canadian Selection Camp


Josh HardingGRegina PatsRegina, SKMIN ’02 (2, 38)
Cam WardGRed Deer RebelsSherwood Park, ABCAR ’02 (1, 25)
Shawn BelleDTri Cities AmericansEdmonton, ABSTL ’03 (1, 30)
Braydon CoburnDPortland WinterhawksShaunavon, SKATL ’03 (1, 8)
Mike EgenerDCalgary HitmenCalgary, ABTB ’03 (2, 34)
Josh GorgesDKelowna RocketsKelowna, BCFree agent
Derek MeechDRed Deer RebelsWinnipeg, MBDET ’02 (7, 229)
Dion PhaneufDRed Deer RebelsEdmonton, ABCAL ’03 (1, 9)
Brent SeabrookDLethbridge HurricanesTsawwassen, BCCHI ’03 (1, 14)
Ian WhiteDSwift Current BroncosSteinbach, MBTOR ’02 (6, 191)
Kyle BrodziakFMoose Jaw WarriorsVegreville, ABEDM ’03 (7, 214)
Jeremy CollitionFPrince Albert RaidersBlackie, ABNYI ’03 (2, 58)
Adam CourchaineFVancouver GiantsWinnipeg, MBMIN ’03 (7, 219)
Nigel DawesFKootneay IceWinnipeg, MBNYR ’03 (7, 229)
Eric FehrFBrandon Wheat KingsWinkler, MBWSH ’03 (1, 18)
Ryan GetzlafFCalgary HitmanRegina, SKANA ’03 (1, 19)