Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League will be represented by eight players at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo after Hockey Canada unveiled its roster for the tournament at the conclusion of National Junior Team Sport Check Selection Camp Saturday afternoon.
In total, 19 CHL players will represent Canada at the annual tournament, which begins December 26 and runs through January 5.
WHL players set to don the Maple Leaf as members of Team Canada include goaltender Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips / Sherwood Park, Alta.), defencemen Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen / Calgary, Alta.), Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings / Lloydminster, Alta.), Cal Foote (Kelowna Rockets / Kelowna, B.C.), and forwards Dillon Dube (Kelowna Rockets / Cochrane, Alta.), Brett Howden (Moose Jaw Warriors / Oakbank, Man.), Sam Steel (Regina Pats / Sherwood Park, Alta.) and Tyler Steenbergen (Swift Current Broncos / Sylan Lake, Alta.).
Each of Hart, Bean, Clague and Dube competed for Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Montreal and Toronto, and will look to provide veteran experience for a squad that aims to reclaim gold in 2018.
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.
Canada will play two pre-tournament games, the first coming against the Czech Republic on Wednesday, December 20 in London, Ont., while the second sees Canada face Switzerland on Friday, December 22 in Hamilton, Ont.
Extensive coverage of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship is planned by TSN and RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada. Check local listings for details.
19 CHL players named to Canada’s National Junior Team
Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips / Sherwood Park, Alta.)*
Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen / Calgary, Alta.)*
Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings / Lloydminster, Alta.)*
Cal Foote (Kelowna Rockets / Kelowna, B.C.)
Victor Mete (Montreal Canadiens/London Knights / Woodbridge, Ont.)
Conor Timmins (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds / Thorold, Ont.)
Drake Batherson (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles / New Minas, N.S.)
Maxime Comtois (Victoriaville Tigres / Longueuil, Que.)
Dillon Dube (Kelowna Rockets / Cochrane, Alta.)*
Alex Formenton (London Knights / King City, Ont.)
Jonah Gadjovich (Owen Sound Attack / Whitby, Ont.)
Brett Howden (Moose Jaw Warriors / Oakbank, Man.)
Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds / Waterloo, Ont.)
Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting / Toronto, Ont.)
Michael McLeod (Missassauaga Steelheads / Mississauga, Ont.)*
Taylor Raddysh (Erie Otters / Caledon, Ont.)*
Sam Steel (Regina Pats / Sherwood Park, Alta.)
Tyler Steenbergen (Swift Current Broncos / Sylvan Lake, Alta.)
Robert Thomas (London Knights / Aurora, Ont.)
* = returning player
For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Junior Team, and the 2017 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.