Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Ferland Released by Canadian Junior Team

Michael Ferland of the Brandon Wheat Kings is among the players released by Hockey Canada Tuesday morning during the first round of cuts at the Canadian Junior Team's Selection Camp in Calgary.

The Canadian Junior Team Selection Camp was Ferland's first opportunity with Hockey Canada's Program of Excellence.

The 19-year old Brandon product is 12th in the WHL in scoring with 17 goals and 44 points.

The Wheat Kings say Ferland should be back in Brandon in time to play against the Kelowna Rockets on Tuesday night (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Meanwhile, WHLers Matt Dumba of the Red Deer Rebels, Brendon Kichton of the Spokane Chiefs, Mark McNeill of the Prince Albert Raiders and Max Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice were among the other players cut by the Canadian Junior Team on Tuesday.

35 players (4 goaltenders, 11 defencemen and 20 forwards) remain at the Selection Camp including Wheat Kings' captain Mark Stone.

On Monday night, Stone scored the winning goal as Team Red beat Team White 2-0 in an intrasquad game. The game also included Oakbank product Quinton Howden suffering an upper body injury after a check from Brett Connelly. Howden will be re-evaluated later today.

On Tuesday night, the Team Canada hopefuls will face a CIS All-Star team that includes former Wheat Kings' captain Teegan Moore and Russell product Brock Nixon of the Calgary Dinos.

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