Team WHL Lead­er­ship for 2017 CIBC Canada/Rus­sia Se­ries

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The Western Hockey League, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Canadian Hockey League, an­nounced that for­ward Dillon Dube of the Kelowna Rock­ets will serve as cap­tain for Team WHL in the 2017 CIBC Canada Rus­sia Se­ries, which be­gins Novem­ber 6th in Moose Jaw. War­riors for­ward Brett How­den will serve as an al­ter­nate cap­tain for Team WHL, as well as Bran­don Wheat Kings de­fence­man Kale Clague and Calgary Hit­men de­fence­man Jake Bean. How­den was taken in the first round (27th) of the 2016 NHL Draft by the Tampa Bay Light­ning and is in his sec­ond sea­son as cap­tain for the War­riors. The WHL vet­eran has posted 12 points (4G-8A) in 10 games to start the 2017-18 WHL sea­son. After be­ing named to Team WHL for the 2016 CIBC Canada Rus­sia Se­ries, How­den was forced to with­draw due to in­jury.

The six-game se­ries features re­gional league teams of Canadian National Ju­nior Team can­di­dates com­pet­ing against the Rus­sian National Ju­nior Team. For the fourth straight sea­son, the event will open with two games in the WHL.

Team WHL will face Team Rus­sia in Game 1 of the 2017 CIBC Canada Rus­sia Se­ries in Moose Jaw, Sask., on Mon­day, Novem­ber 6, be­fore con­tin­u­ing on to Swift Cur­rent, Sask., for Game 2 on Tues­day, Novem­ber 7. The On­tario Hockey League will host Games 3 and 4, while the Que­bec Major Ju­nior Hockey League will wel­come the fes­tiv­i­ties sur­round­ing Games 5 and 6.

Each of the three CHL mem­ber Leagues as­sem­bled a se­lec­tion com­mit­tee, work­ing closely with Hockey Canada, to se­lect the play­ers for this year’s se­ries. This year, Team WHL will be coached by Tim Hunter (Moose Jaw War­riors), who will also serve as an as­sis­tant coach for Team Canada at the 2018 IIHF World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship. Regina Pats gen­eral man­ager and head coach John Pad­dock and Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos di­rec­tor of player per­son­nel and head coach Manny Viveiros will serve as as­sis­tant coaches for Team WHL. All games will be broad­cast na­tion­ally on Sport­snet and TVA Sports.

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