BOUCHERVILLE, Que. - Montreal Junior goaltender Jake Allen headlines the 26 players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League named to the roster for the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge next month.
Players from the QMJHL eligible to play for Canada at the 2009 world junior hockey championships (age 19 and under) starting Dec. 26 in Ottawa were chosen to the squad that will face a team of Russian select players Nov. 17 in Sydney, N.S., and Nov. 19 in Saint John, N.B.
The Russians will then face the Ontario Hockey League and conclude the series against the Western Hockey League. The Canadian Hockey League is hosting the Russians in a six-game series for the sixth straight year. The CHL is 25-5 versus Russia.
Allen, from New Maryland, N.B., led Canada to a world under-18 hockey title in April and was named the top goaltender in the tournament. He was drafted 34th overall by St. Louis in the NHL entry draft.
Drummondville Voltigeurs head coach Guy Boucher will coach the QMJHL team in both games. Boucher was an assistant to head coach Pat Quinn at the world under-18 championships.
Quinn will coach the Canadian junior team in Ottawa and Boucher will reprise his role as Quinn's assistant there.
The players for the Canada-Russia Challenge will be evaluated by Hockey Canada head scout Al Murray, Quinn and Boucher for possible invitations to the Canadian junior team's selection camp in early December.
"It's a great opportunity for the players to get some national exposure," Boucher said in a statement. "There are two things that players need to focus on to stand out: speed and feistiness. When comparing two equally talented players, the one who battles and ultimately comes out with the puck will draw the most attention."