Seven WHL players named to team Canada U-18 team
July 31, 2013 - 10:37 AM
CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada has announced the 22-man roster for Canada’s National Under-18 Team that will compete in the 2013 Memorial for Ivan Hlinka tournament in August and a Kelowna Rockets forward has made the team.
Seven of the 22 players named to the roster are from the Western Hockey League, including Kelowna Rockets forward Rourke Chartier, who last year completed his first WHL season and was a WHL award finalist for Scholastic Player of the Year.
A product of Saskatoon, SK, Chartier was Kelowna’s first-round pick, 15th overall, in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft. The 2012-13 Western Conference nominee for WHL Scholastic Player of the Year scored 13 goals and 30 points with a +17 rating during his 16-year-old rookie campaign.
Other WHL players named to the team were defencemen Joe Hicketts (Victoria Royals), Haydn Fleury (Red Deer Rebels) and Ryan Pilon (Lethbridge Hurricanes), and forwards Jayce Hawryluk (Brandon Wheat Kings), Rourke Chartier (Kelowna Rockets), Brayden Point (Moose Jaw Warriors) and Jake Virtanen (Calgary Hitmen).
The 2013 Canadian Under-18 roster features two goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards. All 22 players named to the Under-18 roster play in the Canadian Hockey League.
Canada’s Under-18 team will be gunning for its sixth consecutive Gold medal at the Memorial for Ivan Hlinka tournament. The 2013 Memorial for Ivan Hlinka tournament begins on August 5th in Breclav, CZE, and Piestany, SVK.
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