WU17HC All-Time Starting Six: Pacific

It’s the end of an era at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. The 2014 tournament, underway this week in Cape Breton, N.S., will be the final time Canada is represented by five regional teams – Atlantic, Ontario, Pacific, Quebec and West.

Beginning next season, three national teams, comprised of the 66 best under-17 players from across the country, will wear the Maple Leaf at the tournament.

With that in mind, HockeyCanada.ca asked Al Coates, a former general manager of the Calgary Flames and Canada’s National Men’s Team, and a two-time Stanley Cup winner (with Calgary in 1989 and Anaheim in 2007) to select his All-Time Starting Six for each of the five Canadian regions, based on their impact on hockey and contribution to the game.

PACIFIC
GOLD - 0
SILVER – 5 (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2009)
BRONZE – 4 (1986, 1994, 2000, 2011)

FORWARDS

Jarome Iginla
U17 year and finish: 1994 – bronze medal
NHL Entry Draft: Dallas Stars, 1995 (1st round, 11th overall)
NHL statistics: 1,271 GP; 542-590—1,132
Individual accomplishments: WHL West First All-Star Team (1995-96); CHL First All-Star Team (1995-96); CHL Player of the Year (1995-96); NHL All-Rookie Team (1996-97); NHL First All-Star Team (2001-02, 2007-08, 2008-09); NHL Second All-Star Team (2003-04); Rocket Richard Trophy (2001-02, 2003-04); Art Ross Trophy (2001-02); Lester B. Pearson Award (2001-02); King Clancy Memorial Trophy (2003-04); Mark Messier Leadership Award (2008-09); NHL All-Star Game (2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2012); Calgary Flames captain (2003-13)
Team accomplishments: Memorial Cup (Kamloops Blazers – 1994, 1995)
Team Canada experience: La Copa Mexico (summer U18) – 1994 (gold); IIHF World Junior Championship – 1996 (gold, Top Forward, Media All-Star Team); IIHF World Championship – 1997 (gold); Olympic Winter Games – 2002 (gold), 2006 (seventh place), 2010 (gold); World Cup of Hockey – 2004 (first place)

Brendan Morrison
U17 year: 1992
NHL Entry Draft: New Jersey Devils, 1993 (2nd round, 39th overall)
NHL statistics: 934 GP; 200-401—601
Individual accomplishments: NCAA West First-Team All-American (1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97); NCAA Tournament MVP (1996); Hobey Baker Award (1996-97); AHL All-Rookie Team (1997-98)
Team accomplishments: NCAA championship (University of Michigan – 1996)
Team Canada experience: IIHF World Championship – 2000 (fourth place); 2004 (gold); 2005 (silver)

Joe Sakic
U17 year and finish: 1986 – bronze medal
NHL Entry Draft: Quebec Nordiques, 1987 (1st round, 15th overall)
NHL statistics: 1,378 GP; 625-1,016—1,641
Individual accomplishments: WHL East Rookie of the Year (1986-87); WHL East Player of the Year (1986-87); CHL Player of the Year (1987-88); WHL Player of the Year (1987-88); WHL East First All-Star Team (1987-88) Bob Clarke Trophy – WHL leading scorer (1987-88); Conn Smythe Trophy (1996); Hart Memorial Trophy (2000-01); Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (2000-01); Lester B. Pearson Award (2000-01); NHL First All-Star Team (2000-01, 2001-02, 2003-04); NHL All-Star Game (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007); NHL All-Star Game MVP (2004); Quebec Nordiques captain (1992-95); Colorado Avalanche captain (1995-2009); Hockey Hall of Fame (2012)
Team accomplishments: Stanley Cup (Colorado Avalanche – 1996, 2001)
Team Canada experience: IIHF World Junior Championship – 1988 (gold); IIHF World Championship – 1991 (silver), 1994 (gold); World Cup of Hockey – 1996 (second place), 2004 (first place); Olympic Winter Games – 1998 (fourth place), 2002 (gold, MVP, Media All-Star Team), 2006 (seventh place, captain)

HONOURABLE MENTION: Brendan Gallagher (2009); Evander Kane (2008); Clarke MacArthur (2002); Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2010); Devin Setoguchi (2004); Darcy Tucker (1992)

DEFENCEMEN

Scott Niedermayer
U17 year: 1990
NHL Entry Draft: New Jersey Devils, 1991 (1st round, 3rd overall)
NHL statistics: 1,263 GP; 172-568—740
Individual accomplishments: WHL West First All-Star Team (1990-91, 1991-92); WHL Scholastic Player of the Year (1990-91); CHL Scholastic Player of the Year (1990-91); Memorial Cup MVP (1992); NHL All-Rookie Team (1992-93); NHL First All-Star Team (2003-04, 2005-06, 2006-07); NHL Second All-Star Team (1997-98); James Norris Memorial Trophy (2003-04); Conn Smythe Trophy (2007); NHL All-Star Game (1998, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2009); Anaheim Ducks captain (2005-07, 2008-10); Hockey Hall of Fame (2013)
Team accomplishments: Memorial Cup (Kamloops Blazers – 1992); Stanley Cup (New Jersey Devils – 1995, 2000, 2003; Anaheim Ducks, 2007)
Team Canada experience: IIHF World Junior Championship – 1991 (gold), 1992 (sixth place); World Cup of Hockey – 1996 (second place), 2004 (first place); Olympic Winter Games – 2002 (gold), 2010 (gold, captain); IIHF World Championship – 2004 (gold)

Brent Seabrook
U17 year and finish: 2002 – silver medal
NHL Entry Draft: Chicago Blackhawks, 2003 (1st round, 14th overall)
NHL statistics: 640 GP; 60-214—274
Individual accomplishments: PIJHL Rookie of the Year (2000-01); WHL East Second All-Star Team (2004-05)
Team accomplishments: Stanley Cup (Chicago Blackhawks – 2010, 2013)
Team Canada experience: Eight Nations Cup (summer U18) – 2002 (gold); IIHF World Under-18 Championship – 2003 (gold, Top Defenceman, Media All-Star Team); IIHF World Junior Championship – 2004 (silver), 2005 (gold); IIHF World Championship – 2006 (fourth place); Olympic Winter Games – 2010 (gold)

HONOURABLE MENTION: Eric Brewer (1995); Mike Green (2002); Bryan McCabe (1992); Dion Phaneuf (2002)

GOALTENDER

Carey Price
U17 year and finish: 2004 – silver medal
NHL Entry Draft: Montreal Canadiens, 2005 (1st round, 5th overall)
NHL statistics: 341 GP; 163-128-41; 2.51 GAA; .916 SV%; 21 SO
Individual accomplishments: WHL West First All-Star Team (2006-07); WHL Goaltender of the Year (2006-07); CHL Goaltender of the Year (2006-07); Calder Cup MVP (2007); NHL All-Rookie Team (2007-08); NHL All-Star Game (2009, 2011, 2012)
Team accomplishments: Calder Cup (Hamilton Bulldogs – 2007)
Team Canada experience: Junior World Cup (summer U18) – 2004 (gold); IIHF World Under-18 Championship – 2005 (silver); IIHF World Junior Championship – 2007 (gold, MVP, Top Goaltender, Media All-Star Team)

HONOURABLE MENTION: Byron Dafoe (1988)

 

 

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2014 WU17: RUS 6 – QUE 2
Jan 04, 2014
Zhukenov had three points to help Russia come back to win the bronze medal.
2014 WU17: USA 4 – PAC 0
Jan 04, 2014
Luke Kirwan scored twice to lead the U.S. to its fourth under-17 gold.
2014 WU17: USA 9 – QUE 1
Jan 03, 2014
Two goals each for White, Boka and Tkachuk helped the U.S. advance.
2014 WU17: PAC 7 – RUS 3
Jan 03, 2014
Eight players had at least two points to send Pacific to the gold medal game.
2014 WU17: USA 6 – ONT 2
Jan 02, 2014
Colin White had a goal and two assists as the U.S. finished a perfect prelims.
2014 WU17: ATL 4 – GER 3
Jan 01, 2014
Kyle Ward scored the winner late as Atlantic earned its first victory.
2014 WU17: WST 3 – SWE 2 (SO)
Jan 01, 2014
Keane and Murray scored in the shootout to help West to win No. 1.
2014 WU17: RUS 5 – ATL 3
Jan 01, 2014
Zhelebev scored twice to help Russia stay in the semifinal hunt.
2014 WU17: RUS 6 – ONT 5 (SO)
Jan 01, 2014
Ivan Kashtonov had the lone goal in the shootout to help Russia stay alive.
2014 WU17: CZE 5 – WST 2
Dec 31, 2013
Daniel Vladar made 32 saves to help the Czechs to their second win.
2014 WU17: SWE 3 – QUE 2 (SO)
Dec 31, 2013
Emanuelsson and Léman scored in the shootout in the Swedish win.
2014 WU17: USA 9 – ATL 1
Dec 31, 2013
Colin White had four points as the U.S. continued to roll on offence.
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