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20 WHL PLAYERS NAMED TO TEAM PACIFIC

The Western Hockey League is proud to announce that 20 WHL players have been named to Team Pacific for the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Winnipeg and Portage La Prairie, MB, in December and January.

The 22-player Team Pacific roster is made up of 16-year-old players from Alberta and British Columbia, with 11 players from each province being named to the team.  Of the 22 players on the roster, 20 are currently playing in the Western Hockey League.  The other two players on the roster – goaltenders Mackenzie Skapski and Devon Fordyce – were selected by WHL clubs through the WHL bantam draft.

“For the entire staff of Team Pacific, today is a very exciting day because the player roster for Team Pacific is formally announced. A hockey team is like a giant puzzle and though there was some very tough decisions through this process, we as an entire staff feel we have the right pieces that will fit together, both on and off the ice, that will give us the best opportunity for success at the tournament,” said Team Pacific Head Coach, Robert Dirk.

TEAM PACIFIC:

Name     P     S     HT     WT     Born     Hometown     2010-11 Team
Fordyce, Devon        G     L     6’1”     175     01-28-94     Cochrane, AB           UFA Bisons (AMHL)
Skapski, Mackenzie  G     L     6 ‘2”     180     06-15-94     Abbotsford, BC         Ridge Meadows Flames (PIJHL)
Dumba, Matt            D     R     6’        175     07-25-94     Calgary, AB              Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
Grayson, Lucas        D     R     6’        175     01-06-94     Port Hardy, BC          Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
Lubin, Keaton          D     L     5’11”     175     02-15-94     Okotoks, AB             Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Reilly, Morgan          D     L     6’        200     03-03-94     W. Vancouver, BC     Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
Reinhart, Griffin       D     L     6’ 4”     205     01-24-94     W. Vancouver, BC     Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
Smith, Joshua          D     R     5’11”   185     02-10-94     Lacombe, AB             Prince George Cougars (WHL)
Walters, Nicholas     D     L     6’1”      185     04-11-94     St. Albert, AB            Everett Silvertips (WHL)
Bellerive, Matt         F     R     5’10”    180     12-01-94     N. Vancouver, BC      Vancouver Giants (WHL)
Bews, Levi              F     R     6’ 0       193     04-10-94     Longview, AB           Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
Bourke, Troy           F     L     5’10”     170     03-30-94     Onoway, AB             Prince George Cougars (WHL)
Clayton, Chase       F     L     5’11”     180     05-11-94     Abbotsford, BC          Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Danyluk, Shane      F     L     5’11”     180     01-14-94     Salmon Arm, BC        Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
Erricson, Jari           F     L     5’11”     180     01-27-94     Prince George, BC     Everett Silvertips (WHL)
Hickman, Justin       F     R     6’2”      190     03-18-94     Kelowna, BC              Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
Hodges, Steven      F     L     5’11”     175     05-05-94     Chilliwack, BC            Chilliwack Bruins (WHL)
Magee, Brandon      F     R     5’7”      165     01-23-94     Edmonton, AB           Chilliwack Bruins (WHL)
Olsen, Ryan            F     R     6’2”      180     03-25-94     Delta, BC                  Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
Shinkaruk, Hunter    F     L     5’10”    160     10-13-94     Calgary, AB              Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
Trzonkowski, RobertF     R     6’2”      200     01-31-94     Calgary, AB              Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Winther, Mike          F     R     5’11”    170     07-09-94     Trochu, AB                Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)

2010 – 2011 TEAM PACIFIC STAFF
Title     First/Last Name     Hometown     2010 – 11 Team
Director of Operations             Glen Carrier     Maple Ridge, BC     Chilliwack Bruins (WHL)
Asst. Director of Operations     Justin Fesyk     Sylvan Lake, AB     Hockey Alberta
Head Coach                            Robert Dirk     Penticton, BC     Okanagan Hockey Academy
Assistant Coach                      Craig Bedard     Cranbrook, BC     Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
Assistant Coach                      Blair Becker     Edmonton, AB     Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL)
Athletic Therapist                    Ryan Williams     Edmonton, AB     Edmonton Oilers (NHL)
Equipment Manager                Troy Clifford     Kamloops, BC     Thompson River University (BCIHL)
Video Coach                           Bill Rotheisler     Kelowna, BC     Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy

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