Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), announced on June 20 that Sharks 2006 first round selection defenseman Ty Wishart has been named to its roster of 26, junior-aged players (born in 1988 or later) that will represent Canada at the Canada/Russia Super Series.
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The Canada/Russia Super Series, a one-time, eight-game series featuring the best Under-20 players from Canada and Russia, will take place from August 27 to September 9, with the first four games to be held in Russia, and the final four to be held in Canadian cities (Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Red Deer and Vancouver).
Canada’s 26-player roster will gather in Toronto on August 20 before traveling to Russia. The Canada/Russia Super Series will also serve to evaluate and develop Canada’s National Junior Team for the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Canada’s 26-player roster consists of three goaltenders, eight defensemen and 15 forwards.
Wishart recently completed his third season with Prince George of the Western Hockey League. Along with Sharks 2005 first round selection forward Devin Setoguchi, Wishart helped lead the Cougars to the WHL Western Conference Finals, where they were defeated by the eventual Memorial Cup-champion Vancouver Giants. In 15 WHL playoff games, Wishart posted 11 points (three goals, eight assists), good for fifth on the team and tops among all team defensemen. His plus-five rating also led the team.
During the regular season, his 49 points (11 goals, 38 assists) were sixth on the team and tied for 10th among all WHL defensemen. His plus-15 rating paced the team and his eight power play goals were fourth. Wishart was also named to the 2006-07 WHL Western Conference Second All-Star Team.
The six-foot-five, 205-pound defenseman was selected by San Jose in the first round (16th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He was signed by San Jose on March 30, 2007.