Chief’s Harrison Blaisdell Named To Team Canada West For 2018 World Junior A Challenge

Fraser Valley –  With the World Junior A Challenge (WJAC) just days away and the tryout camps now complete, the roster for Team Canada West has been named. The 2018 edition of the World Junior A Challenge will be held December 9-16 in Bonnyville, Alta.

10

Reilly Funk

Forward

L

6’3

190

12-23-2000

Portage la Prairie, Man.

Portage (MJHL)

11

 

Alexander Campbell

Forward

L

5’11

155

02-27-2001

Châteauguay, Que.

Victoria (BCHL)

12

 

Mathieu Gosselin

Forward

R

5’9

160

05-18-1999

Quebec City, Que.

Merritt (BCHL)

15

Dylan Holloway

Forward

L

6’1

192

09-23-2001

Bragg Creek, Alta.

Okotoks (AJHL)

16

 

Harrison Blaisdell

Forward

L

5’11

173

03-18-2001

Abbotsford, B.C.

Chilliwack (BCHL)

17

 

Riley Hughes

Forward

R

6’1

180

06-27-2000

Westwood, Mass.

Victoria (BCHL)

18

 

Massimo Rizzo

Forward

L

5’10

180

06-13-2001

Burnaby, B.C.

Penticton (BCHL)

19

Austin Wong

Forward

R

5’11

196

10-26-2000

Cochrane, Alta.

Okotoks (AJHL)

20

 

David Silye

Forward

R

5’11

184

03-02-1999

Arnprior, Ont.

Penticton (BCHL)

21

 

Ethan Leyh

Forward

L

6’0

187

01-28-2001

Port Moody, B.C.

Langley (BCHL)

22

 

Alex Newhook

Forward

L

5’11

190

01-28-2001

St. John’s, N.L.

Victoria (BCHL)

23

Matt Osadick

Forward

L

5’11

180

02-08-2000

Grande Pointe, Man.

Swan Valley (MJHL)

24

 

Alex Swetlikoff

Forward

L

6’3

190

07-06-2001

Kelowna, B.C.

Vernon (BCHL)

2

 

Jérémie Bucheler

Defence

R

6’4

205

03-31-2000

Saint-Laurent, Que.

Victoria (BCHL)

3

 

Mason Snell

Defence

L

6’0

195

06-18-2000

Clarington, Ont.

Penticton (BCHL)

4

 

Jack Judson

Defence

R

6’0

175

02-26-2000

White Rock, B.C.

Vernon (BCHL)

5

Luke Bast

Defence

L

5’9

170

11-20-2000

Red Deer, Alta.

Brooks (AJHL)

6

 

Carter Berger

Defence

L

6’1

200

09-17-1999

North Vancouver, B.C.

Victoria (BCHL)

7

T.J. Lloyd

Defence

R

5’8

179

11-15-1999

Lloydminster, Alta.

Spruce Grove (AJHL)

8

 

Layton Ahac

Defence

L

6’3

195

02-22-2001

North Vancouver, B.C.

Prince George (BCHL)

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Player

Pos

Catches

Height

Weight

DOB

Hometown

Current Team

1

Matthew Davis

Goaltender

R

5’11

173

06-16-2001

Calgary, Alta.

Spruce Grove (AJHL)

31

Matthew Radomsky

Goaltender

L

6’2

185

06-21-1999

Winnipeg, Man.

Steinbach (MJHL)

The roster of 13 forwards, seven defencemen and two goaltenders is made up of players from the BCHL, AJHL and MJHL. Players from the SJHL and the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) tried out as well but none were able to make the final roster.

The tournament runs from Dec. 9 to 16 in Bonnyville, Alta. This year, the WJAC is a five-team round-robin tournament as opposed to the six-team event with two pools as it had been in years’ past. The other teams competing this year are Canada East, Russsia, the United States and the Czech Republic.

Team Canada West is the defending gold medalist in the WJAC as they prevailed 5-1 over the United States in last year’s event in Truro, N.S.

Some notable names to play in the WJAC over the years include Jacob Bernard-Docker, Brock Boeser, Alexander Burmistrov, Dennis Cholowski, Joe Colborne, Kyle Connor, Grigori Denisenko, Nikolaj Ehlers, Dante Fabbro, Nikita Filatov, Mikhail Grigorenko, Denis Guryanov, Tyson Jost, Dmitri Kulikov, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Elias Lindholm, Hampus Lindholm, Cale Makar, John Moore, Vladislav Namestnikov, Riley Nash, Valeri Nichushkin, Dylan Olsen, David Pastrnak, German Rubtsov, Ilya Samsonov, Jordan Schmaltz, Nick Schmaltz, Jaden Schwartz, Brendan Smith, Andrei Svechnikov, Evgeny Svechnikov, Vladimir Tarasenko, Kyle Turris, Alexander Wennberg, Andrei Vasilevski, Jakub Vrana, Nail Yakupov and Jakub Zboril.

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