Compiled from www.whl.ca.
The Western Hockey League today announced 23 players that will represent Team WHL in the 2004 CHL Canada - Russia Series. The series will feature Team WHL taking on the Russian Selects in games in Red Deer at the Enmax Centrium on Wednesday, December 1, 2004 and in Lethbridge on Thursday, December 2, 2004 at the Enmax Centre.
Nigel Dawes, who was named to the squad for the second consecutive year, leads the Kootenay Ice with nine goals and 16 points and ranks second with seven assists in 13 games this season. The forward has registered seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last three games for Kootenay.
Team WHL was selected by a panel of three WHL General Managers; Bruce Hamilton, Kelowna Rockets, Donn Clark, Prince Albert Raiders and Brent Sutter, Red Deer Rebels in consultation with Blair Mackasey, Hockey Canada's Head Scout for Canada's National Junior Team.
All 23 players currently named to Team WHL attended Canada's National Junior Team Evaluation Camp in August. Additional players will be added to Team WHL roster in mid-November.
The CHL Canada/Russia Challenge Series represent the final opportunity to evaluate WHL players prior to Canada's National Junior Team selection camp in mid-December. The series will involve a total of six games across Canada in late November and early December.
The Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) will host the first game of the series at Le Colisee on November 22. The second game will be played at the Bell Centre in Montreal on November 23. The Barrie Colts (OHL) will host the first OHL-based game on November 25 followed by the Mississauga IceDogs on November 29. The series will conclude in the WHL with the Red Deer Rebels hosting game 5 on December 1, while the Lethbridge Hurricanes will host the series finale on December 2.
Canada and Russia have finished first and second in the World Junior Championships eight times in the past 18 years, including 2003 when Russia defeated Canada 3-2 to win the gold medal in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Russia has 12 gold medals in World Junior play. Canada is second on the all-time list with 10.2004 CHL CANADA - RUSSIA SERIES SCHEDULE:
Game 1 - Monday, November 22 at Quebec City, Quebec
Game 2 - Tuesday, November 23 at Montreal, Quebec
Game 3 - Thursday, November 25 at Barrie, Ontario
Game 4 - Monday, November 29 at Mississauga, Ontario
Game 5 - Wednesday, December 1 at Red Deer, Alberta
Game 6 - Thursday, December 2 at Lethbridge, Alberta
Following is the list of WHL players named to TEAM WHL in the CHL Canada - Russia Series.GOALTENDER:
Rejean Beauchemin, Prince Albert RaidersDEFENSEMEN:
Andy Rogers, Calgary Hitmen
Jeff Schultz, Calgary Hitmen
Shea Weber, Kelowna Rockets
Brent Seabrook, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Cam Barker, Medicine Hat Tigers
Braydon Coburn, Portland Winter Hawks
Dion Phaneuf, Red Deer Rebels
Michael Green, Saskatoon Blades
Shawn Belle, Tri-City Americans
Logan Stephenson, Tri-City Americans
Mark Fistric, Vancouver GiantsFORWARDS:
Eric Fehr, Brandon Wheat Kings
Ryan Stone, Brandon Wheat Kings
Ryan Getzlaf, Calgary Hitmen
Andrew Ladd, Calgary Hitmen
Nigel Dawes, Kootenay Ice
Clarke MacArthur, Medicine Hat Tigers
Stefan Meyer, Medicine Hat Tigers
Dustin Boyd, Moose Jaw Warriors
Kyle Chipchura, Prince Albert Raiders
Jeremy Colliton, Prince Albert Raiders
Colin Fraser, Red Deer Rebels