Brayden Point and Joe Hicketts to captain Team WHL in CHL Canada Russia Series.
Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League, in association with the Canadian Hockey League, announced today that Moose Jaw Warriors forward Brayden Point and Victoria Royals defenceman Joe Hicketts will serve as captains for Team WHL in the 2015 CHL Canada Russia Series, which begins Monday in Kelowna.
In addition, the WHL announced that Red Deer Rebels defenceman Haydn Fleury and Calgary Hitmen blueliner Travis Sanheim will serve as alternate captains for Team WHL.
Point, the WHL’s current leading scorer, will wear the ‘C’ as the CHL Canada Russia Series kicks off at Prospera Place in Kelowna on Monday, November 9th. Drafted in the third round, 79th overall, of the 2014 NHL Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning, Point has racked up 32 points (12g-20a) in just 14 games so far this season. It will be the second appearance at the event for Point who registered one assist in two games last fall. Point was also a member of Team Canada when it won gold at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.
Hicketts will captain Team WHL on Tuesday, November 10th when the series shifts to his hometown of Kamloops and the Sandman Centre. The Detroit Red Wings prospect sits second amongst all defencemen in scoring so far this season with 19 points (1g-18a) through 18 games. It will also be the second trip to the series for Hicketts who registered a goal and an assist during the WHL leg of the event last year. Like Point, Hicketts was also a key member of the Team Canada team that won gold last year.
Hicketts will serve as an alternate captain on Monday, while Point will wear an ‘A’ on Tuesday.
Sanheim, an Elkhorn, MB product, currently leads all WHL defencemen in scoring with 22 points (6g-16a) through 18 games played. Drafted 17th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2014 NHL Draft, Sanheim will make his second appearance in the CHL Canada Russia Series.
Fleury has also been off to a good start this season with the Memorial Cup-host Rebels and has posted 11 points (4g-7a) in as many games. Selected by the Carolina Hurricanes seventh overall in the 2014 NHL Draft, the Carlyle, SK native will also suit up at the event for a second time.
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2015 CHL Canada Russia Series Schedule:
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 is supported by CHL associate sponsors, BMO Bank of Montreal, Cooper Tire, autoTRADER.ca and Sherwin-Williams. All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.
For more information including how to purchase tickets please visit http://canadarussia.chl.ca.