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Capital City Challenge begins Friday in Ottawa

WHL Network
Keith Hershmiller

The 2021 Capital City Challenge begins Friday in Ottawa, with 21 WHL players set to take part in a four-team tournament featuring three men’s under-17 teams and Canada’s National Women’s Team.

The Capital City Challenge runs through December 1. Roster details are as follows:

Team Canada Black will be represented by eight WHL players:

Last Name First Name Team Hometown Ht Wt Pos.
Price Caden Kelowna Rockets Saskatoon, Sask. 6’0” 177 D
Weinstein Saige Spokane Chiefs Edmonton, Alta. 5’11” 177 D
Molendyk Tanner Saskatoon Blades McBride, B.C. 5’10” 177 D
Adaszynski David Calgary Hitmen Burnaby, B.C. 5’9” 173 F
Benson Zach Winnipeg ICE Chilliwack, B.C. 5’10” 150 F
Gizowski Kooper Spokane Chiefs Edmonton, Alta. 5’8” 170 F
Halaburda Ty Vancouver Giants Victoria, B.C. 6’0” 208 F
Howe Tanner Regina Pats Prince Albert, Sask. 5’8″ 176 F

Team Canada Red will be represented by seven WHL players and one signed prospect:

Last Name First Name Team Hometown Ht Wt Pos.
Unger Jackson Moose Jaw Warriors Calgary, Alta. 6’0” 170 G
Dragicevic Lukas Tri-City Americans Richmond, B.C. 6’0” 171 D
Zemlak* Austin Victoria Royals Stony Plain, Alta. 6’0” 186 D
Mantei Quinn Brandon Wheat Kings Weyburn, Sask. 5’11” 175 D
Oremba Sam Seattle Thunderbirds Regina, Sask. 6’0” 189 F
Heidt Riley Prince George Cougars Saskatoon, Sask. 5’10” 181 F
Yager Brayden Moose Jaw Warriors Saskatoon, Sask. 5’11” 162 F
Lodewyk Harrison Prince Albert Raiders Red Deer, Alta. 5’9” 180 F

* – unable to participate

Team Canada White will be represented by six WHL players:

Last Name First Name Team Hometown Ht Wt Pos.
Ratzlaff Scott Seattle Thunderbirds Irma, Alta. 6’0” 168 G
Leslie Mazden Vancouver Giants Lloydminster, Alta. 6’0” 182 D
Hammell Kaden Kamloops Blazers Langley, B.C. 6’2” 180 D
Cristall Andrew Kelowna Rockets Vancouver, B.C. 5’9” 160 F
Lind Kalan Red Deer Rebels Shaunavon, Sask. 5’11” 153 F
Singer Ryker Prince George Cougars Lloydminster, Alta. 5’9” 164 F

The Kelowna Rockets, Moose Jaw Warriors, Prince George Cougars, Seattle Thunderbirds, Spokane Chiefs, and Vancouver Giants each boast two players set to compete at the 2021 Capital City Challenge. The Brandon Wheat Kings, Calgary Hitmen, Kamloops Blazers, Prince Albert Raiders, Red Deer Rebels, Regina Pats, Saskatoon Blades, Tri-City Americans and Winnipeg ICE will each be represented by one player at the tournament.

In addition to the 21 WHL players taking part, 10 WHL hockey operations personnel have been named to the staffs of the three Canadian squads, including Kelowna Rockets head coach Kris Mallette (Head Coach, Canada Red), Regina Pats assistant coach Brad Herauf (Head Coach, Canada White), Moose Jaw Warriors assistant coach Gordon Burnett (Assistant Coach, Canada Red), Prince Albert Raiders goaltending coach Kelly Guard (Goaltending Coach, Canada White), and Regina Pats director of hockey operations Landon Watson (Video Coach, Canada Black).

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Men’s Under-17 Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter.

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