34 WHL prospects shortlisted for Hockey Alberta’s 2019 Canada Winter Games roster


Thirty-four Western Hockey League prospects have been shortlisted to help lead Hockey Alberta’s charge for gold at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta.

Hockey Alberta released their 35-player shortlist, which includes five goaltenders, 10 defencemen, and 20 forwards, Monday with the hopes of establishing a gold-medal-winning roster following a silver-medal-performance at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C. That 2015 squad included future WHL standouts like Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Calgary, Alta. / Spokane Chiefs), Ty Smith (Lloydminster, Alta. / Spokane Chiefs), Zane Franklin (Marwayne, Alta. / Lethbridge Hurricanes), Kyle Olson (Calgary, Alta. / Tri-City Americans), Ryan Peckford (Stony Plain, Alta. / Moose Jaw Warriors), and James Hamblin (Edmonton, Alta. / Medicine Hat Tigers).

Like the 2015 tournament did then, this year’s edition of the quadrennial games will future up-and-coming talent from the WHL ranks. All but one player from the 35-player roster was selected at the 2018 WHL Draft held back on May 3 in Red Deer, Alta.

The shortlist includes all 11 Alberta-born players selected in the first round of the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft, including first-overall-selection Dylan Guenther (Edmonton, Alta. / Edmonton Oil Kings) and fourth-overall-selection Sean Tschigerl (Edmonton, Alta. / Calgary Hitmen). With 17 WHL teams represented on the shortlist, the Red Deer Rebels lead the way among those with four players named to the group of 35, including forward Jayden Grubbe (Calgary, Alta. / Red Deer Rebels) and defenceman Kyle Masters (Edmonton, Alta. / Red Deer Rebels), both selected in the first round of the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft.

Right behind the Rebels were the Calgary Hitmen, Edmonton Oil Kings, and Tri-City Americans, who each had three players named to the shortlisted roster. Eight other teams had a pair of players named to the list while five teams each had a single player named to the shortlist.

Alberta’s last gold medal in men’s hockey at the Canada Winter Games came back in 2003 when the games were held in Bathurst and Campbellton, New Brunswick. That team also featured future WHL and NHL talent, including Kyle Chipchura (Westlock, Alta. / Prince Albert Raiders) and goaltender Devan Dubnyk (Calgary, Alta. / Kamloops Blazers).

The 2019 Canada Winter Games will be held in Red Deer, Alta. from February 15 to March 3, 2019.

Name Position Hometown WHL Club
Nathan Airey Goaltender Airdrie Kootenay ICE
Lochlan Gordan Goaltender Edmonton Portland Winterhawks
Tyler Palmer Goaltender Lethbridge Spokane Chiefs
Marek Pocherewny Goaltender Calgary Calgary Hitmen
Drew Sim Goaltender Tees Vancouver Giants
Corson Ceulemans Defenceman Beaumont Moose Jaw Warriors
Carson Haynes Defenceman Taber Tri-City Americans
Dru Krebs Defenceman Okotoks Medicine Hat Tigers
Marc Lajoie Defenceman St. Albert Tri-City Americans
Kyle Masters Defenceman Edmonton Red Deer Rebels
Trey Patterson Defenceman Calgary Red Deer Rebels
Keagan Slaney Defenceman Airdrie Edmonton Oil Kings
Matt Smith Defenceman Edmonton Edmonton Oil Kings
Charlie Wright Defenceman Olds Saskatoon Blades
Olen Zellweger Defenceman Fort Saskatchewan Everett Silvertips
Craig Armstrong Forward Airdrie Prince George Cougars
Lucas Ciona Forward Edmonton Seattle Thunderbirds
Colton Dach Forward Fort Saskatchewan Saskatoon Blades
Jayden Davis Forward Calgary Medicine Hat Tigers
Tyson Greenway Forward St. Albert Tri-City Americans
Jayden Grubbe Forward Calgary Red Deer Rebels
Dylan Guenther Forward Edmonton Edmonton Oil Kings
Brett Hyland Forward Edmonton Brandon Wheat Kings
Dylan James Forward Calgary Brandon Wheat Kings
Tyson Laventure Forward Lloydminster Prince Albert Raiders
Owen MacNeil Forward Calgary Spokane Chiefs
Josh Medernach Forward Lloydminster Red Deer Rebels
Ty Mueller Forward Cochrane Prince George Cougars
Zack Ostapchuk Forward St. Albert Vancouver Giants
Dean Spak Forward Calgary Prince Albert Raiders
Zack Stringer Forward Lethbridge Lethbridge Hurricanes
Sean Tschigerl Forward Edmonton Calgary Hitmen
Kai Uchacz Forward DeWinton Seattle Thunderbirds
Tristan Zandee Forward Airdrie Calgary Hitmen
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