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12 WHL PLAYERS NAMED TO TEAM WEST

WINNIPEG – Hockey Manitoba and Saskatchewan Hockey Association are pleased to announce the 2012 Team West roster that will compete at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Originally slated for Winnipeg but moved due to the return of the Winnipeg Jets, the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will be held December 29 – January 4 in Windsor, ON.

The team is annually comprised of 11 players from Manitoba and 11 players from Saskatchewan to form Team West. 12 of the 22 players named to Team West are currently playing in the Western Hockey League.

Winnipeg Blues bench boss, Don MacGillivray (Winnipeg) is an assistant coach of Team West and has lead the U-17 Program of Excellence selection process in Manitoba this past season. Joining the Team West staff as video coach will be Dan Eliasson (Winnipeg) who’ll replace Ray Neufeld (Winnipeg) who stepped aside for other personal commitments. Eliasson won the 2011 TELUS Cup – National Midget Championship as head coach with the Winnipeg Thrashers last season and was previously the Team West video coach in 2010.

Team West will compete in Pool B with Team Pacific, Team Czech Republic, Team Russia, and Team USA. Meanwhile Pool A will feature Team Atlantic, Team Quebec, Team Germany, Team Sweden along with last year’s champion Team Ontario.

2011 TEAM WEST ROSTER

Name                          P          HT        WT  Born        Hometown         2011-12 Team

Lotz, Austin                 G          6’          183  05/27/95  St.Adolphe,         MB Everett Silvertips

Shields, Mack               G          6’3”       183  02/13/95  Saskatoon, Sk     Saskatoon Contacts

Bowey, Madison           D          6’1”       194  04/22/95  Winnipeg. MB      Kelowna Rockets

Doeztel, Kayle             D          6’3”       188  06/19/95  Rosetown, SK     Red Deer Rebels

Harmsworth, Colby        D          6’          177  05/31/95  Saskatoon, SK    Saskatoon Contacts

Pochuk, Kevin               D          6’1”       192  05/22/95  Winnipeg, MB      Winnipeg Wild

Stoykewych, Paul          D          6’1”       190  09/03/95  Winnipeg, MB      Winnipeg Blues

Wand, Spencer             D          6’3”       189  04/08/95  Saskatoon, SK    Kootenay Ice

Williams, Colby             D          5’11”     176  01/26/95  Regina, SK          Regina Pat Canadians

Bosc, Denis                  F          5’9”       162  04/30/95  Dufresne, MB      Steinbach Pistons

Fontaine, Jarrett           F          5”5”       150  05/15/95  Humboldt, SK     Prince George Cougars

Forsberg, Alex             F          5’11”     180  01/04/95  Waldheim, SK     Prince George Cougars

Hansen, Carter             F          6’2”       180  07/04/95  Craven, SK          Moose Jaw Warriors

Keats, Kurt                    F          5’7”       157  08/16/95  Winnipeg, MB      Winnipeg Blues

Laurencelle, Remi          F          6”         175  10/05/95  Winnipeg, MB      Winnipeg Wild

Leverton, Craig            F          5’10”     185  01/02/95  Clavet, SK           Lethbridge Hurricanes

Maguire, Geordie           F          6’          155  04/17/95  Winnipeg, MB      Winnipeg Wild

Martin, Jonothan          F          6’1”       190  08/23/95  Winnipeg, MB      Kootenay Ice

Millette, Cory                F          5’11”     185  01/19/95  Storthoaks, SK    Red Deer Rebels

Stockl, Christian            F          6’          165  04/17/95  Winnipeg, MB      Winnipeg Wild

Tkatch, Jordan             F          5’10”     190  05/24/95  Prud’Homme, SK Prince George Cougars

Zajac, Nicholas            F          5’10”     165  03/27/95  Headinngley, MB Saskatoon Blades

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