Monday, 28 November 2011

Ferland, Stone Among 16 WHLers Invited to Selection Camp

Mark Stone
As expected, Brandon Wheat Kings' captain Mark Stone and third-year forward Michael Ferland were among the 16 Western Hockey League players invited to Hockey Canada's National Junior Team Selection Camp today.

Stone, a Winnipeg product, leads the WHL in scoring with 58 points and also impressed at the Summer Development Camp in August.

"He's a big, strong young man. He had a great summer camp for us, he left a great impression on everybody at the camp and he's continued on from the beginning of the season in Brandon," said Hockey Canada head scount Kevin Pendergrast on a conference call this morning, "He certainly gives us an element that we're going to need, a big strong guy that's great around the net."

Ferland, who is from Brandon, ranks sixth in the league with 42 points in what has been a breakout campaign for him offensive.

"I think he's come a long way this year. Certainly, he's put points on the board, he's a big strong kid, he battles in the tough areas," said Pendergrast, "Being what I consider a younger team this year up front, we needed that type of physical element to come in. He earned his way in from September on."

Oak Bank product Quinton Howden of the Moose Jaw Warriors is the only other Manitoban invited and that comes as no surprise as he was a member of last year's silver medal winning team.

Below is the list of the 16 WHLers invited. For the complete roster, click here...

Mchael Ferland
Tyler Bunz - Medicine Hat

Ryan Murray - Everett
Mathew Dumba - Red Deer
Alex Petrovic - Red Deer
Brendan Kichton - Spokane
Joe Morrow - Portland
Mark Pysyk - Edmonton

Mark Stone - Brandon
Michael Ferland - Brandon
Quinton Howden - Moose Jaw
Brett Bulmer - Kelowna
Brendan Gallagher - Vancouver
Mark McNeill - Prince Albert
Max Reinhart - Kootenay
Ty Rattie - Portland
Brad Ross - Portland

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