Thursday, January 14, 2016

8 WHL Prospects named to Winter Youth Olympic Team

Calgary, AB – Eight WHL prospects will suit up for Teams Canada and USA in Lillehammer, Norway this February as part of the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games.
In accordance with event rules, teams will take just a 17-player roster (two goaltenders, six defencemen, nine forwards) to Norwary to compete between February 12th-21st. All players in the event were born in the year 2000.
WHL Prospects on Team Canada for 2016 Winter Youth Olympics
 PosHWHometown2015 WHL Bantam Draft
Luka BurzanF6'0"170Surrey, BCMoose Jaw, 6th Overall
Carson FochtF6'0"152Regina, SKTri-City, 7th Overall
Tristen NeilsenF5'10"168Fort St. John, BCCalgary, 20th Overall
Ty SmithD5'10"161Lloydminster, ABSpokane, 1st Overall
Jett WooD6'0"190Winnipeg, MBMoose Jaw, 4th Overall
Full Roster HERE
WHL Prospects on Team USA for 2016 Winter Youth Olympics
 PosHWHometown2015 WHL Bantam Draft
Erik MiddendorfF6'0"165Scottsdale, AZMoose Jaw, 4th Round
Ryan SavageF5’10”165Scottsdale, AZEverett, 4th Round
Todd ScottG5'11"190Albertville, MNVancouver, 10th Round
Full Roster HERE
The men's hockey tournament features five countries – Canada, Finland, Norway, Russia, and the United States - who will play in a round-robin format before semifinals and the gold-medal game. After capturing the bronze medal in 2012, Canada opens on February 13th against Russia, and will also face Finland, Norway and the United States during preliminary-round play.
The event will also feature a skills challenge where each team will select one representative to compete. Tri-City Americans prospect Carson Focht has been selected to compete in the event for Canada.

Tri-City Americans prospect Carson Focht selected to represent Team Canada in 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games Skills Competition.
For Team Canada, players were chosen by Ryan Jankowski, Hockey Canada’s director of player personnel, with support from regional scouts, Carl Bouchard (Quebec), Barclay Branch (Ontario), Wade Klippenstein (West), Kevin Mitchell (Atlantic), and Darrell Woodley (Ontario).
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the group of players chosen to represent Canada to compete at the highest level in international competition,” said Scott Salmond, vice-president of hockey operations and national teams. “This event is a unique experience unlike any other, and will be something that our athletes learn from and remember for a lifetime.”
Players were selected based on their permanent home residence, and players playing outside of Canada were not considered in the evaluation process. All regions (East, Ontario, and West) were ensured five players on the final Canadian roster, with the remaining two spots being awarded to the next-best players.

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