Calgary, Alta. – Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team will be led by a pair of WHL stars at the upcoming 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Kelowna Rockets forward Dillon Dube was named the captain of Canada’s squad while Brandon Wheat Kings’ defenceman Kale Clague was named one of three alternate captains Saturday by Hockey Canada.
Canada wrapped up pre-tournament play Friday with an 8-1 victory over Switzerland, moving them to a perfect 2-0 in exhibition play. The puck will officially drop on the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, a Canadian holiday tradition, on December 26 in Buffalo, NY. Canada will open the tournament by taking on Finland at 2 p.m. MT.
Dube, a returning member of last year’s silver-medal-winning, was selected by the Calgary Flames in the second round, 56th overall, of the 2016 NHL Draft. The 5-foot-11, 186-pound product of Cochrane, Alta. has 39 points (18G-21A) in 27 WHL regular season game this season.
Originally selected by the Kelowna Rockets in the first round, 21st overall, of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, Dube has played his entire career in the Okanagan, with 187 points (81G-106A) in 177 WHL games.
Clague, who will serve as one of three alternate captains with Canada, is also a returning member of last year’s Canadian squad. The 6-foot-0, 181-pound product of Lloydminster, Alta. was selected in the second round, 51st overall, of the 2016 NHL Draft. This season, Clague has 47 points (10G-37A) in 28 games, leading all WHL defencemen in scoring.
Originally drafted by the Brandon Wheat Kings sixth overall in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, Clague has spent his entire WHL career with the Wheat Kings, scoring 143 points (25G-118A) in 169 WHL games.
Nine WHL players will take to the ice with Team Canada, including Regina Pats defenceman Josh Mahura, who rejoined the team for pre-tournament action.
Extensive coverage of the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship is planned by TSN and RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada. Check local listings for details.
For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Junior Team, and the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter, as well as #WorldJuniors.
About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.