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Seven WHL Alumni to Compete in 2016 Stanley Cup Final

Calgary, AB — The Western Hockey League is proud to announce that seven graduates of the WHL will be competing in the 2015-16 NHL Stanley Cup Final beginning on Monday, May 30th, in Pittsburgh.

The San Jose Sharks have five WHL grads on their roster heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including former Seattle Thunderbird Patrick Marleau who earlier this year was ranked 34th amongst the WHL’s Top 50 Players of All-Time. The Pittsburgh Penguins boast two WHL grads on their roster that include former Brandon Wheat King forward Eric Fehr and former Portland Winterhawk blue liner Derrick Pouliot.

The Western Hockey League continues to be a leader in developing NHL-caliber players, while also offering a World Class scholarship to every graduating player.

The following is a breakdown of WHL Alumni who are on the playoff roster for both the Pittsburgh Penguins and the San Jose Sharks listed by name, position, former WHL Club and hometown.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (2)

Player Position Former WHL Club Hometown
Eric Fehr Forward Brandon Wheat Kings Winkler, Manitoba
Derrick Pouliot Defenceman Portland Winterhawks Estevan, Saskatchewan

SAN JOSE SHARKS (5)

Player Position Former WHL Club Hometown
Brenden Dillon Defenceman Seattle Thunderbirds New Westminster, BC
Martin Jones Goaltender Calgary Hitmen North Vancouver, BC
Patrick Marleau Forward Seattle Thunderbirds Swift Current, Saskatchewan
Roman Polak Defenceman Kootenay ICE Ostrava, Czech Republic
James Reimer Goaltender Red Deer Rebels Moreena, Manitoba

 

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