Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Team WHL Set to be Announced

The Western Hockey League is expected to name the roster for Team WHL for it’s upcoming games against the Russian Selects in the Subway Super Series on Thursday.

The WHL squad will battle the Selects on November 17 in Kamloops and November 18 in Prince George.

For the record, I’ve never been a big fan of this setup with the Russians, not only because the games over the past few years have been non-competitive, but because I also think it’s an injustice to a large number of WHL players.

In order to play for Team WHL, you also have to be eligible for the Canadian team for the World Junior Hockey Championship.

That means the 20-year olds, import players and American players that hone their craft in the Western Hockey League are not able to represent the league in this series.

That roughly means 130-140 players that are ineligible to play on Team WHL, right off the top.

Nonetheless, since the league insists on continuing with the so-called ‘Super Series’, I thought I’d give you an idea of what the Team WHL roster will look like…

Goaltenders (3)
Calvin Pickard – Seattle
Kent Simpson – Everett
Drew Owsley – Tri-City

Defencemen (9)
Tyson Barrie – Kelowna
Myles Bell - Regina
Jared Cowen - Spokane
Stefan Elliott – Saskatoon
Brayden McNabb – Kootenay
Neil Manning – Vancouver
Alex Petrovic – Red Deer
Brett Ponich – Portland
Mark Pysyk – Edmonton

Forwards (15)
Carter Ashton – Regina
Brett Bulmer - Kelowna
Brett Connelly – Prince George
Cody Eakin – Swift Current
Brendan Gallagher - Vancouver
Scott Glennie - Brandon
Curtis Hamilton – Saskatoon
Quinton Howden – Moose Jaw
Ryan Howse – Chilliwack
Ryan Johansen – Portland
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Red Deer
Ty Rattie - Portland
Brad Ross – Portland
Linden Vey – Medicine Hat
Jordan Weal – Regina

BTW, if you’re a stat person, the WHL is 13-1 lifetime against the Russian Selects. The OHL is 14-0 and the QMJHL is 9-3-2, meaning the CHL teams are 36-4-2-0 over the seven years of the series.

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