Thursday, October 16, 2008
Hockey Canada in partnership with the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) announced yesterday the roster for the 2008 World Junior A Challenge which is being held in Camrose Alberta, from November 2-9, 2008. BC’s Kevin Genoe, Justin Schultz, Matt Grassi, James Kerr, Derek Grant, Curtis McKenzie, Cole Wilson, and Brodie Reid were selected to attend the 25 man pre-tournament camp. The team is lead by head coach, Boris Rybalka, who is from Vernon, BC.
“The players that we have selected for Team Canada West are the ones that we feel will give us the best opportunity to win a third consecutive gold medal,” said head coach Boris Rybalka. “There are so many good players in the West, which made the selection process very difficult. We are excited to have narrowed the list down to the group of players who we feel will best represent our team in the 2008 World Junior A Challenge."
Genoe, native of Qualicum Beach, is the goaltender for the Prince George Spruce Kings. Kevin has been a standout in net for the Spruce Kings this season, posting a record of 7-3-1, with a 919 save percentage.
Schultz, playing for the 2008-09 Westside Warriors is native of Westbank, BC. Justin was drafted in the second round, 43 overall, in the 2008 NHL entry draft by the Anaheim Ducks.
Grassi, native of Burnaby, is a 6’4, star defenseman for the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. Matt is eligible for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Kerr, born in Penticton, has been a solid right-winger for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. James currently has three (3) goals and two (2) assists for the Bulldogs this season.
Grant, native of Abbotsford was selected in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, by the Ottawa Senators in the fourth round, 119 overall. Derek is playing for the Langley Chiefs and currently leads the team in scoring.
McKenzie, native of Golden, BC is playing for the BCHL defending champions, Penticton Vees. Curtis is currently second in team scoring, with five (5) goals and eight (8) assists through the first 11 games of the season.
Wilson, native of White Rock, BC is currently playing for the Flin Fon Bombers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Through five (5) games this year, Wilson has nine (9) goals, and three (3) assists.
Reid of the Burnaby Express was born in Delta, BC and is committed to Northeastern University for the 2009-10 season. Brodie has had a productive season thus far with four (4) goals and two (2) assists, through five (5) games of play this year.
Canada West is the two-time defending gold medalist at the World Junior A Challenge. The Canada West roster is comprised of players from the BC 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).
Canada West will play in Group A at the 2008 World Junior A Challenge, joined by Belarus and Russia, while Canada East, Germany and the United States will comprise Group B. Round-robin play will run until Thursday, November 6, with both semifinals taking place on Saturday, November 8. The gold medal game, which will be shown nationally on TSN, the official broadcaster of Hockey Canada, is set for Sunday, November 9 (check your local listings).
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