Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League is proud to announce that 57 WHL players will have the opportunity to participate in international competition in December and January.

A total of 38 WHL players have already been named to national teams that will compete in Under-20 and Under-17 tournaments, while another 19 players have been invited to the selection camps for their respective countries. 

Nine WHL players will attend the selection camp for Team Canada for the 2014 World Junior Championship tournament, while another 17 players will try out for or have already been named to their respective national Under-20 teams for the World Junior Championships in Malmo, Sweden, or the Division 1 Under-20 championship.

31 of the WHL’s top 16-year-old players will suit up for the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Cape Breton, NS, with 22 players set to represent Team Pacific (Alberta and B.C.) and another nine to represent Team West (Manitoba and Saskatchewan).

21 of the WHL’s 22 teams will see at least one roster player participate in international competition or try out for a national team.

The Portland Winterhawks, Edmonton Oil Kings and Prince Albert Raiders will each see five of their players depart for international duty, while the Red Deer Rebels, Tri-City Americans and Seattle Thunderbirds each have four players who will be attending national team camps or have already been named to teams for international competition. 

Here’s a look at which WHL players will be playing internationally over the next few weeks:

Brandon Wheat Kings
Jesse Gabrielle – Team West (U-17)
*Richard Nejezchleb – Czech Republic (WJC)
Braylon Shmyr – Team Pacific (U-17)

Calgary Hitmen
Terrell Draude – Team West (U-17)
Brennan Riddle – Team West (U-17)

Edmonton Oil Kings
Mads Eller – Denmark (WJC Div-1)
Edgars Kulda – Latvia (WJC Div-1)
*Curtis Lazar – Canada (WJC)
*Griffin Reinhart – Canada (WJC)
*Henrik Samuelsson – United States (WJC)

Everett Silvertips
Kevin Davis – Team Pacific (U-17)
Noah Juulsen – Team Pacific (U-17)
Mirco Mueller – Switzerland (WJC)

Kamloops Blazers
Nick Chyzowski – Team Pacific (U-17)

Kelowna Rockets
Joe Gatenby – Team Pacific (U-17)
Nick Merkley – Team Pacific (U-17)
*Damon Severson – Canada (WJC)

Kootenay Ice
Troy Murray – Team West (U-17)
*Sam Reinhart – Canada (WJC)

Lethbridge Hurricanes
Giorgio Estephan – Team Pacific (U-17)

Medicine Hat Tigers
*Markus Eisenschmid – Germany (WJC)
*Marek Langhamer – Czech Republic (WJC)
*Hunter Shinkaruk – Medicine Hat Tigers (WJC)

Moose Jaw Warriors
Zachary Sawchenko – Team Pacific (U-17)

Portland Winterhawks
Oliver Bjorkstrand – Denmark (WJC Div-1)
*Taylor Leier – Canada (WJC)
*Nicolas Petan – Canada (WJC)
*Derrick Pouliot – Canada (WJC)
Layne Viveiros – Austria (WJC Div-1)

Prince Albert Raiders
Leon Draisaitl – Germany (WJC)
Matteo Gennaro – Team Pacific (U-17)
Brendan Guhle – Team Pacific (U-17)
Nick McBride – Team Pacific (U-17)
*Josh Morrissey – Canada (WJC)

Prince George Cougars
Jansen Harkins – Team Pacific (U-17)
Brad Morrison – Team Pacific (U-17)
Tate Olson – Team West (U-17)

Red Deer Rebels
Adam Musil – Team Pacific (U-17)
Meyer Nell – Team West (U-17)
Grayson Pawlenchuk – Team Pacific (U-17)
*Dominik Volek – Czech Republic (WJC)

Regina Pats
*Maximillian Kammerer – Germany (WJC)
Brady Reagan – Team Pacific (U-17)

Saskatoon Blades
Cameron Hebig – Team West (U-17)
*David Nemecek – Czech Republik (WJC)

Seattle Thunderbirds
Mathew Barzal – Team Pacific (U-17)
Ethan Bear – Team West (U-17)
Keegan Kolesar – Team West (U-17)
*Roberts Lipsbergs – Latvia (WJC Div-1)

Spokane Chiefs
Liam Stewart – Great Britain (WJC Div-1)

Swift Current Broncos

*Julius Honka – Finland (WJC)
Glenn Gawdin – Team Pacific (U-17)

Tri-City Americans
Ty Comrie – Team Pacific (U-17)
*Michal Plutnar – Czech Republic (WJC)
Braden Purtill – Team West (U-17)
Parker Wotherspoon – Team Pacific (U-17)

Victoria Royals
Chaz Reddekopp – Team Pacific (U-17)
Tyler Soy – Team Pacific (U-17)


*Attending national team selection camp


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