CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL), announced
Monday the 22 players that will represent Canada West at the 2010 World Junior A Challenge, November 8-14 in
Canada West has appeared in the gold medal game at all four previous World Junior A Challenges, winning
gold in Yorkton, Sask. in 2006, and Trail, B.C. in 2007, before settling for silver at the last two events,
in Camrose, Alta. in 2008 and Summerside, P.E.I. in 2009.
The Canada West roster is comprised of players from the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), Alberta
Junior Hockey League (AJHL), Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL)
and Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL).
“Our staff has worked tirelessly to watch players from the five western leagues over the first few months
of the season, and we are confident we have a good mix of players to help us regain the gold medal,” said
Larry Wintoneak (Kindersley, SJHL), head coach of Canada West. “We’re looking forward to getting on the ice
in Penticton next week as we prepare as a team to get back to the gold medal game.”
The selection process for Canada West involved extensive scouting by Wintoneak, head scout Leonard
Strandberg, general manager Rylan Ferster and assistant coaches Jomar Cruz (OCN, MJHL), Andrew Milne
(Canmore, AJHL) and Barry Wolff (Langley, BCHL). It also included an evaluation camp featuring 40 hopefuls in
Penticton in mid-September.
Canada West’s roster for the 2010 World Junior A Challenge includes:
Two (2) goaltenders, seven (7) defencemen and 13 forwards
Five (5) players currently leading or co-leading their teams in scoring (Clarke Breitkreuz – Yorkton, Drew
George – Weyburn, Joey Laleggia – Penticton, Sam Mellor – Trail, Dylan Walchuk – Vernon)
Seven (7) players returning from the 2009 World Junior A Challenge (Clarke Breitkreuz, Madison Dias, Grayson
Downing, Ben Gallacher, Joey Laleggia, Ryan Marshall, Brendan O’Donnell)
Three (3) players selected in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (Ben Gallacher – Florida, 4th round, 93rd overall;
Mark MacMillan – Montreal, 4th round, 113th overall; Brendan O’Donnell – Tampa Bay, 6th round, 156th
Eight (8) players from the BCHL, seven (7) players from the AJHL, three (3) players from the SJHL, three (3)
players from the MJHL and one (1) player from the SIJHL
Two (2) players from Penticton, B.C. (Madison Dias, Mark MacMillan)
Three (3) players that play for the Penticton Vees (Joey Laleggia, Mark MacMillan, Brendan O’Donnell)
Canada West will play in Group B at the 2010 World Junior A Challenge, joined by Russia and Switzerland,
while Canada East, Sweden and the United States will comprise Group A. Round-robin play will run until
Thursday, November 10, with both semifinals taking place on Saturday, November 13. The gold medal game, which
will be shown nationally on TSN/RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, is set for Sunday, November
14 (check your local listings for broadcast times).
All preliminary round games, quarter-finals, semifinals and the bronze medal game can be seen live via
webcast through FASTHockey at hockeycanada.fasthockey.com for $6.95 per game.
Tickets for the event are available at the South Okanagan Events Centre Box Office or at the Wine Country
Visitors Centre in Penticton. You can also purchase tickets online at www.valleyfirsttix.com or via phone at 1-877-763-2849. More information
on ticket packages can be found here.