Friday, 3 October 2014

Hockey Canada Calls on Three Wheat Kings

Tanner Kaspick (left), Kale Clague (center) and Nolan Patrick (right) will play for Canada
at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge this fall.
  Hockey Canada has called on a talented trio of Brandon Wheat Kings.

  Nolan Patrick, Tanner Kaspick and Kale Clague have been chosed to represent Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge that takes place in late October and early November.

  The three Wheat Kings will be on different teams at the tournament, with Patrick playing for Canada-Red, Kaspick for Canada-White and Clague for Canada-Black.

  "They decided to split us up, which is all right I guess.  It's a chance to meet some new guys...I'm with those guys all winter so maybe it's good to get a break from them," said Kaspick, "It looks like I have a really strong team but all three teams are going to be strong.  There's a lot of talent there and I think all the teams will be pretty even."

  In addition to the three Canadian teams, squads from the United States, Russia, Finland, Sweden and Slovakia will compete in the eight-team tournament, which begins November 2nd in Sarnia-Lambton, Ontario.

  "It's going to be cool to see all the top players from around the world," said Patrick, "It's a short tournament so you have to go out there every game, leave it all on the ice and hope things go well."

  The Challenge will also mark the first time all three will have a chance to wear the Maple Leaf and represent our country at an international event, and could be a stepping stone to the Under-18 Championship and/or the World Junior Hockey Championship.

  "It's always an honour.  This will be first time representing Canada and putting on the Canadian jersey and I think that's a big part," said Clague, "I'm looking forward to the opportunity that I'm about to get."

  This year marks the first time the tournament won't take place just after Christmas, and also marks the first time the Canadian entries will be done in Black, Red and White teams instead of regionalized teams like Team Western or Team Pacific.

Chaff...D Eric Roy (upper body) skated after practice Thursday for the second straight day as he continues his rehab from a shoulder injury suffered while playing with the Calgary Flames at the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton in mid-September...newcomer Reid Duke skated on line with Tim McGauley and Rihards Bukarts Thursday while Macoy Erkamps was paired with rookie Mark Matsuba on the Wheat Kings' blueline.

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