Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League, in collaboration with the Canadian Hockey League, Kelowna Rockets, Kamloops Blazers and Hockey Canada, announced today the roster for Team WHL which will compete against Team Russia in the 2015 CHL Canada Russia Series.


Team WHL will face Team Russia in Game 1 of the 2015 Canada Russia Series in Kelowna, BC on Monday, November 9th and will continue the series on Tuesday, November 10th with Game 2 in Kamloops, BC. The OHL will host Games 3 and 4 while the QMJHL will conclude the series as hosts for Games 5 and 6.


Team WHL’s roster boasts hometown talent this season. Kamloops, BC products Joe Hicketts (Victoria Royals) and Ryan Gropp (Seattle Thunderbirds) will suit up for Team WHL in Game 2 on November 10th while the Kelowna Rockets will be represented by current Rockets Rourke Chartier and Nick Merkley in Game 1 on November 9th.


The roster also boasts a total of eight first round NHL Draft selections including Jake Debrusk (Swift Current), Mathew Barzal (Seattle), Noah Juulsen (Everett) and Merkley who were chosen in the first round this past year.


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Each of the three CHL member Leagues assembled a selection committee, working closely with Hockey Canada, to select the players for this year’s series. This year, Team WHL will once again be coached by 2014 WHL Coach of the Year Dave Lowry (Victoria Royals) who will also serve as head coach for Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.  Kelly McCrimmon (Brandon Wheat Kings) and Don Hay (Kamloops Blazers) will be the assistant coaches for Team WHL. Scott Hoyer (Kelowna Rockets) and Colin “Toledo” Robinson (Kamloops Blazers) will handle athletic trainer duties for both games.


Should Jake Virtanen (Calgary Hitmen / Vancouver Canucks) be returned to the WHL prior to the start of the series, he will be added to Team WHL’s roster.


The 2015 Canada Russia series is supported by CHL associate sponsors, BMO Bank of Montreal, Cooper Tire, and Sherwin-Williams.


Team WHL roster for the 2015 Canada Russia Series:





WHL Club

NHL Draft

Barzal, Mathew

Coquitlam, BC

Seattle Thunderbirds

NYI 2015, Round 1, 16th

Bleackley, Conner

High River, AB

Red Deer Rebels

COL 2014, Round 1, 23rd

Chartier, Rourke

Saskatoon, SK

Kelowna Rockets

SJS 2014, Round 5, 149th

DeBrusk, Jake

Edmonton, AB

Swift Current Broncos

BOS 2015, Round 1, 14th

Gropp, Ryan

Kamloops, BC

Seattle Thunderbirds

NYR 2015, Round 2, 41st

Harkins, Jansen

North Vancouver, BC

Prince George Cougars

WPG 2015, Round 2, 47th

Hawryluk, Jayce

Roblin, MB

Brandon Wheat Kings

FLA 2014, Round 2, 32nd

Merkley, Nick

Calgary, AB

Kelowna Rockets

ARI 2015, Round 1, 30th

Patrick, Nolan

Winnipeg, BM

Brandon Wheat Kings

Eligible 2017

Point, Brayden

Calgary, AB

Moose Jaw Warriors

TBL 2014, Round 3, 79th

Pollock, Brett

Sherwood Park, AB

Edmonton Oil Kings

DAL 2014, Round 2, 45th

Quenneville, John

Edmonton, AB

Brandon Wheat Kings

NJD 2014, Round 1, 30th



Clague, Kale

Lloydminster, AB

Brandon Wheat Kings

Eligible 2016

Fleury, Haydn

Carlyle, SK

Red Deer Rebels

CAR 2014, Round 1, 7th

Guhle, Brendan

Sherwood Park, AB

Prince Albert Raiders

BUF 2015, Round 2, 51st

Hicketts, Joe

Kamloops, BC

Victoria Royals

DET (Signed as Free Agent)

Juulsen, Noah

Abbotsford, BC

Everett Silvertips

MTL 2015, Round 1, 26th

Sanheim, Travis

Elkhorn, MB

Calgary Hitmen

PHI 2014, Round 1, 17th



Hart, Carter

Sherwood Park, AB

Everett Silvertips

Eligible 2016

Sawchenko, Zach

Calgary, AB

Moose Jaw Warriors

Eligible 2016


The schedule for the 2015 Canada Russia Series is as follows:

Game 1 – Monday, November 9 at Kelowna, BC

Game 2 – Tuesday, November 10 at Kamloops, BC

Game 3 – Thursday, November 12 at Owen Sound, ON

Game 4 – Monday, November 16 at Windsor, ON

Game 5 – Tuesday, November 17 at Rouyn-Noranda, QC

Game 6 – Thursday, November 19 at Halifax, NS

The 2015 Canada Russia Series will be nationally broadcasted in its entirety live on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

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