Monday, 10 November 2014

Set for Subway Super Series

John Quenneville
  It's time for the Subway Super Series.

  Team WHL faces off with the Russian Selects Monday night in Saskatoon and Tuesday night in Brandon, with Wheat Kings' forwards Jayce Hawryluk and John Quenneville suiting up for Team WHL.

  "It's a huge accomplishment.  I know for both John and I, I remember our rookie years talking about stuff like this and hoping it would happen one day," said Hawryluk, a second round pick of Florida in the 2014 NHL Draft, "Now that it's here, it's kind of surreal and exciting.  It's a huge accomplishment for both of us, and we're excited for the opportunity."

  Hawryluk is 5th in the WHL with 12 goals and is tied for 8th in the WHL scoring race with 25 points while Quenneville, New Jersey's first round pick in 2014, has six goals and 16 points in 12 games so far this season.

  Hawryluk attended the National Junior Team Summer Development Camp in August and is already on Hockey Canada's radar, but Quenneville did not revceive an invitation for that event so he's probably looking to pad his resume a little more in this Super Series.

  "Getting the opportunity to play for them would be amazing and is definitely one of the goals in my career is to play for them at some point," said Quenneville, "I'm going to put my best foot forward in the series, knowing that there's going to be some more eyes on me than usual when it comes to making that team."

  The two Wheat Kings' forwards will face a teammate on the other side, as defenceman Ivan Provorov is to play for the Russian Selects in the two games against Team WHL.

  "I drive with him every day to the rink so it's been really funny, we've been giving each other a hard time about what we're going to do in the game against each other and just joking around and stuff," said Quenneville, "He's had such an impressive start to the season, he's such a good player and has been one of best guys, obviously.  He deserves it and I'm excited to play against him."

  Provorov leads all WHL rookies in scoring with 22 points while also ranking third in the WHL in defencemen scoring and sitting tied for 7th with a +16 rating.

  The 17-year old is hoping to impress enough to earn a spot on the Russian squad for the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championship.

  Among the others suiting up for Team WHL will be Elkhorn product Travis Sanheim of the Calgary Hitmen and Winnipeg Jets' draft picks Nic Petan (Portland), Josh Morrissey (Prince Albert) and Eric Comrie (Tri-City).

  As of Saturday, about 3,700 tickets had been sold for Tuesday's game in Brandon.

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