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Players to watch at 2015 Young Stars Classic

by Staff Writer / Winnipeg Jets

VANCOUVER – The 2015 Young Stars Classic in Penticton, BC, beginning Friday, September 11 will feature a number of notable prospects of the Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets. Over the past four Young Star Classics, over 80 players have gone on to play NHL games. Complete rosters will be released at a later date. A limited number of Tournament ticket packages go on sale on July 10 at 10:00 AM.

The Vancouver Canucks roster will include four players selected in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft since 2012: Jake Virtanen (6th overall in 2014), Jared McCann (24th overall in 2014), Hunter Shinkaruk (24th overall in 2013), and Brendan Gaunce (26th overall in 2012). Cole Cassels, who helped lead the Oshawa Generals to a Memorial Cup Championship this past season, will attend the event alongside defence prospects, Ben Hutton and Jordan Subban. 2015 Entry Draft selections Guillaume Brisebois (66th overall) and Dmitry Zhukenov (114th overall) will also make their Young Stars tournament debut.

The Calgary Flames roster includes three first round draft picks: Sam Bennett (4th overall in 2014), Emile Poirier (22nd overall in 2013) and Morgan Klimchuk (28th overall in 2013). In addition, forward Austin Carroll, who recently completed his fourth season with the Victoria Royals, and goaltender Jon Gillies, who led the Hockey East Conference in both GAA and save percentage and won the NCAA national championship last season with Providence College, have been named to the roster.

The Edmonton Oilers roster will include 2015 Canadian Hockey League Player of the Year, Connor McDavid (selected 1st overall in the 2015 NHL Draft), Leon Draisaitl (selected 3rd overall in 2014) and Darnell Nurse (selected 7th overall in 2013). Draisaitl and Nurse both made their NHL debuts during the 2014.15 season with the Oilers.

The Winnipeg Jets roster includes two first round picks: Nikolaj Ehlers (9th overall in 2014) and Josh Morrissey (13th overall in 2013). The list also includes 2015 World Junior Championship tournament participants Jan Kostalek (Czech Republic), Nic Petan (Canada) and Eric Comrie (Canada). 2015 second-round selection Jansen Harkins, whose 59 assists on the season for the Prince George Cougars established a new single-season franchise record, has been named to the tournament. Andrew Copp, who made his NHL debut last season, St. John’s IceCaps goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, and recently acquired prospect Brendan Lemieux will also appear at the Young Stars Classic.

A limited number of Tournament ticket packages go on sale Friday, July 10 at 10:00 AM and will include six games for $60.00*. This all-event package offers best value to fans with savings of 30%available until August 15th. VIP ticket packages are available for $90.00* and $260.00* (*plus applicable fees). For information and details on what VIP packages include please visit Canucks.com/YoungStars and SOEC.ca.

Tickets are available online at www.valleyfirsttix.com, by phone at 1-877-763-2849, in person at the Valley First Box Office at the SOEC or Wine Country Visitor Centre.

This year the festivities will include a Canucks Town Hall Breakfast as well as Minor Hockey Day, which will include a Party on the Plaza event with games, food, music and entertainment as well as skills and development camps for B.C. minor hockey players.

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