Calgary, AB. -- The roster for the Western Hockey League All Star Team that will face off against the Russians in the final two games of this year's SUBWAY Super Series has been unveiled and the Brandon Wheat Kings will be represented by their Captain Ryan Pulock.
The 18-year old Grandview product, who is currently second in scoring among WHL blueliners with seven goals and 17 points in fourteen games, was one of nine defencemen chosen to the team that will face the Russians on Wednesday and Thursday, November 14th and 15th.
Pulock will take to the ice in game five of the Canadian Hockey League series in Vancouver, before rejoining the Wheat Kings in Cranbrook, B.C. in order to play a two game weekend set against the hometown Kootenay Ice.
An Eastern Conference First All Star in 2011-12, this will mark the second straight season that the former seventh round bantam draft choice has been named to Team WHL.
The other eight blueliners named to the team this afternoon were Portland's Tyler Wotherspoon, Derrick Pouliot, Ryan Murray of the Everett Silvertips, Red Deer's Matthew Dumba, Moran Reilly of Moose Jaw, Edmonton's Griffin Reinhart and Keegan Lowe and Duncan Siemens of the Saskatoon Blades.
Team WHL was selected by a special committee consisting of Jeff Chynoweth (Kootenay Ice, GM), Bob Tory (Tri-City Americans, GM), Kevin Prendergast (Hockey Canada, Head Scout), Scott Salmond (Hockey Canada, Sr. Director, Hockey Operations/National Teams), Don Nachbaur (Spokane Chiefs, Head Coach and Assistant Coach of Team Canada) and the WHL Office, as part of the selection process for the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championships.
The Team WHL roster consists of 29 players – two goalies, nine defencemen and 18 forwards. For the Complete Western League roster be sure to visit www.whl.ca
The OHL hosts the middle leg of the six-game series with the first two games hosted by the QMJHL, and the final two games played in the WHL. Last season the CHL prevailed with their eighth series win in nine years of this event earning a 10-8 victory in points which included three regulation wins, two losses, and one defeat by shootout. Team Canada later captured bronze at the 2012 World Junior Championship in Calgary and Edmonton, AB.
The Russian roster features 16 players that competed in the Canada-Russia Challenge in August, with nine players having previous experience in the SUBWAY® Super Series. 10 players also competed in the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship on Russia’s silver medal-winning team that defeated Canada in the Semi-Finals played in Calgary, AB. Former Soviet Hockey star Mikhail Varnakov is the club’s Head Coach.
The 2012 SUBWAY® Super Series will take place November 5 – 15 and marks the tenth straight year that teams of CHL All-Stars have competed against Team Russia in preparation for the World Junior Hockey Championship. The SUBWAY® Super Series is an integral part of the evaluation process prior to Team Canada’s final selection camp in December. This season, Canada will be competing for their 15th straight medal at the 2013 tournament in Russia.