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24 WHL players to represent Canada at 2022 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

By: Q Country/Star FM Sports
Posted: October 18, 2022 16:35

U-17 Challenge slated for Nov 3-12 in Langley and Delta BC

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A total of 24 Western Hockey League players have been named to Canada’s three Under-17 rosters set to participate at the 2022 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, slated for November 3-12 in Langley and Delta, B.C.

The 66 participating players were announced Tuesday. The players have been divided into three teams – Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red and Team Canada White. 10 WHL players will skate for Team Canada White, while Team Canada Black and Team Canada Red will each feature seven WHL players.

WHL Players – Team Canada Black

Last Name    First Name    Team    Hometown    Height    Weight    Position
Buczkowski    Tyson    Prince George Cougars    Saskatoon, Sask.    5’11”    170    D
Fluker    Josh    Swift Current Broncos    Boissevain, Man.    5’11”    161    D
Roberts    Colton    Vancouver Giants    Maple Ridge, B.C.    6’4”    181    D
Caswell    Clarke    Swift Current Broncos    Brandon, Man.    5’10”    164    F
Gavin    Jordan    Tri-City Americans    Surrey, B.C.    5’11”    143    F
Lakovic    Lynden    Moose Jaw Warriors    Kelowna, B.C.    6’3”    182    F
Peardon    Cole    Prince Albert Raiders    Outlook, Sask.    6’0”    187    F

WHL Players – Team Canada Red

Last Name    First Name    Team    Hometown    Height    Weight    Position
Wutzke    Chase    Red Deer Rebels*    Debden, Sask.    6’2”    160    G
Smith    Tarin    Everett Silvertips    Porcupine Plain, Sask.    6’1”    187    D
Catton    Berkly    Spokane Chiefs    Saskatoon, Sask.    5’11”    164    F
Hadland    Caleb    Brandon Wheat Kings    Sylvan Lake, Alta.    5’10”    174    F
Iginla    Tij    Seattle Thunderbirds    Lake Country, B.C.    6’0”    180    F
Mrsic    Tomas    Medicine Hat Tigers    Surrey, B.C.    5’11”    162    F
Wetsch    Carson    Calgary Hitmen    North Vancouver, B.C.    6’2”    165    F
* – signed prospect

WHL Players – Team Canada White

Last Name    First Name    Team    Hometown    Height    Weight    Position
Mulawka    Madden    Prince George Cougars*    Edmonton, Alta.    6’1”    186    G
Doyle    Tristen    Lethbridge Hurricanes    Winnipeg, Man.    5’9”    171    D
Elick    Charlie    Brandon Wheat Kings    Calgary, Alta.    6’3”    189    D
Howell    Marek    Moose Jaw Warriors    Calgary, Alta.    6’2”    192    D
Hodnett    Gavin    Edmonton Oil Kings    Winnipeg, Man.    5’8”    147    F
Josephson    Ollie    Red Deer Rebels    Victoria, B.C.    6’0”    177    F
Marques    Miguel    Lethbridge Hurricanes    Prince George, B.C.    5’10”    170    F
McQueen    Roger    Brandon Wheat Kings    Saskatoon, Sask.    6’4”    182    F
Ritchie    Ryder    Prince Albert Raiders    Kelowna, B.C.    5’10”    157    F
Vaughan    Jaxsin    Regina Pats    Merritt, B.C.    6’1”    192    F
* – signed prospect

The Canadian contingent at the 2022 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will feature two WHL goaltenders, seven WHL defencemen and 15 WHL forwards.

In all, 16 WHL Clubs are represented on the three Canadian rosters. The Brandon Wheat Kings boast three players on the Canadian Under-17 roster. The Lethbridge Hurricanes, Moose Jaw Warriors, Prince Albert Raiders, Prince George Cougars, Red Deer Rebels and Swift Current Broncos will each be represented by two players at the 2022 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, while the Calgary Hitmen, Edmonton Oil Kings, Everett Silvertips, Medicine Hat Tigers, Regina Pats, Seattle Thunderbirds, Spokane Chiefs, Tri-City Americans and Vancouver Giants will each have one player taking part at the event.

In addition to the 24 WHL players taking part, 11 WHL hockey operations personnel have been named to the staffs of the three Canadian squads, including Moose Jaw Warriors head coach Mark O’Leary, who will serve as bench boss for Team Canada Black. Spokane Chiefs head coach Ryan Smith (Red) and Swift Current Broncos head coach Devan Praught (White) will serve as assistant coaches. Ryan Aasman (Lethbridge Hurricanes) will assume video coach duties for Team Canada Red, while Byron Spriggs (Winnipeg ICE) will serve as a goaltending consultant with Team Canada White.

Spencer Stehouwer (Saskatoon Blades) and Clayton Johns (Portland Winterhawks) will take on the role of equipment manager for Team Canada Black and Team Canada White, respectively, while Jimmy McKnight (Edmonton Oil Kings) and J.T. Ward (Victoria Royals) will act as therapists for Team Canada Red and Team Canada White, respectively. Doctor Michael Conrad (Victoria Royals) will serve as the team physician for Team Canada White.

(Article courtesy of the Western Hockey League)

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