BOUCHERVILLE, Qc - Defenceman Nathan Beaulieu and forwards Jonathan Huberdeau, Phillip Danault and Zack Phillips headline the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's roster for the upcoming Subway Super Series versus Russia.
The six-game series features teams from each of the three major junior leagues hosting a team of select Russian players in a tuneup for the world junior hockey championships.
The Canadian players chosen are all age-eligible, born in 1992 or later, to play in the tournament starting Dec. 26 in Edmonton and Calgary.
The Super Series opens Nov. 7 in Victoriaville, followed by a game in Quebec City on Nov. 9.
The Ontario Hockey League then hosts the Russians for two games in Ottawa and Sault Ste. Marie before the Western Hockey League closes out the series in Regina and Moose Jaw, Sask.
Huberdeau, Beaulieu and Phillips are all Saint John Sea Dogs taken in the first round of this year's NHL draft. Danault, another first-rounder, plays for Victoriaville. Huberdeau, Beaulieu and Danault attended the Canadian junior team's summer camp in August.
The Sea Dogs, the defending Memorial Cup champions, will be represented by a league-high four players with defenceman Pierre Durepos also on the Quebec team.
The QMJHL says Drummondville forward Sean Couturier will play in the series if he's released by the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers. Acadie-Bathurst Titan forward Zach O'Brien, who leads the league in scoring with 34 points in 17 games, is also on the QMJHL roster.
Tigres head coach Yanick Jean will be behind the bench in Victoriaville. Remparts coach and general manager Patrick Roy will take over in Quebec City.
The rosters were chosen by Hockey Canada head scout Kevin Prendergast, QMJHL executive vice-president Marcel Patenaude and director of hockey operations Pierre Leduc, as well as the Roy, Tigres GM Jerome Mesonero and Titan GM Sylvain Couturier.
The OHL and WHL rosters will be announced at a later date. Scott Walker of the Guelph Storm will handle coaching duties in the OHL. He'll be an assistant coach to Canadian team head coach Don Hay at the world juniors. Hay will coach the WHL squad in the series.
Russia's roster is expected to be announced next week.
The CHL won every series from 2003 to 2009 before the Russians won four of the six games last year.
All six games will be televised on Sportsnet and the QMJHL games will also be shown on TVA.