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WHL sends 15 players to Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek summer development camp

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Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League is proud to announce today 15 WHL players have been invited to Hockey Canada’s virtual National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp set for July 27-31, 2020.

The group of WHL talent is led by 2020 WHL Player of the Year Adam Beckman (Minnesota Wild) of the Spokane Chiefs and features seven forwards, five defencemen and three goaltenders. Defencemen Bowen Byram (Colorado Avalanche) of the Vancouver Giants, Kaedan Korczak (Vegas Golden Knights) of the Kelowna Rockets and Matthew Robertson (New York Rangers) of the Edmonton Oil Kings, as well as forwards Dylan Cozens (Buffalo Sabres) of the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Peyton Krebs (Vegas Golden Knights) of the Winnipeg ICE, represent the five other players selected in the 2019 NHL Draft.

Eight WHL players attending the camp are eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft, including Prince Albert Raiders defenceman Kaiden Guhle, who is ranked eighth among North American skaters according to NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings.

Braden Schneider of the Brandon Wheat Kings, Seth Jarvis of the Portland Winterhawks, Ridly Greig of the Brandon Wheat Kings, Connor Zary of the Kamloops Blazers and Jack Finley of the Spokane Chiefs ranked within the top-40 skaters in North America, also earned camp invitations. Dylan Garand of the Kamloops Blazers landed sixth among North American Goaltenders with Taylor Gauthier of the Prince George Cougars ranking 19th. Netminder Sebastian Cossa of the Edmonton Oil Kings is the lone WHL prospect at the camp eligible for the 2021 NHL Draft.

The Blazers, Chiefs, Oil Kings and Wheat Kings lead the WHL contingent with each Club boasting a pair of players invited to the camp. Seven other WHL member Clubs are represented by a single player.

The WHL will also be represented on the team staff with six WHL personnel. Alan Millar (Moose Jaw Warriors / Tottenham, Ont.) will serve on the Management Group along with Michael Dyck (Vancouver Giants / Lethbridge, Alta.) and Mitch Love (Saskatoon Blades / Quesnel, B.C.) as assistant coaches for the camp. Jason LaBarbera (Calgary Hitmen / Burnaby, B.C.), Brian Cheeseman (Edmonton Oil Kings / Mount Pearl, N.L.) and Dr. Barry Wiens (Red Deer Rebels / Red Deer, Alta.) will perform as the goaltending coach, team therapist and team physician, respectively.

“We are excited to begin preparations for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship with this group of 41 players and our full staff at our online camp, as we believe we have a good mix of veteran leadership and young talent that are eager to represent Canada during the holiday season,” said Scott Salmond, senior vice-president of national teams for Hockey Canada. “We are also pleased to have Michael and Mitch round out the coaching staff, as their Canadian Hockey League and international experience will compliment André Tourigny’s leadership while we work towards defending our gold medal on home ice.”

The 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship returns to Canadian ice this December, with Edmonton, Alta. and Red Deer, Alta., set to co-host the annual holiday tradition. Games will be played at Rogers Place, the home of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers and the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings, and at the Westerner Park Centrium, home of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels.

WHL Invitees – Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp

H W DOB Hometown WHL Club NHL
Sebastian Cossa 6’6″ 206 11/21/2002 Fort McMurray, Alta. Edmonton Oil Kings Eligible 2021
Dylan Garand 6’1″ 172 06/07/2002 Victoria, B.C. Kamloops Blazers Eligible 2020
Taylor Gauthier 6’2″ 190 02/15/2001 Calgary, Alta. Prince George Cougars Eligible 2020
Bowen Byram 6’1” 192 06/13/2001 Cranbrook, B.C. Vancouver Giants COL ’19 (1-4)
Kaiden Guhle 6’3″ 184 01/18/2002 Sherwood Park, Alta. Prince Albert Raiders Eligible 2020
Kaedan Korczak 6’4″ 200 01/29/2001 Yorkton, Sask. Kelowna Rockets VGK ’18 (2-41)
Matthew Robertson 6’4″ 203 03/09/2001 Sherwood Park, Alta. Edmonton Oil Kings NYR ’19 (2-49)
Braden Schneider 6’2” 210 09/20/2001 Prince Albert, Sask. Brandon Wheat Kings Eligible 2020
Adam Beckman 6’1″ 174 05/10/2001 Saskatoon, Sask. Spokane Chiefs MIN ’19 (3-75)
Dylan Cozens 6’3” 185 02/09/2001 Whitehorse, Yukon Lethbridge Hurricanes BUF ’19 (1-7)
Jack Finley 6’5″ 205 09/02/2002 Kelowna, B.C. Spokane Chiefs Eligible 2020
Ridly Greig 5’11” 162 08/08/2002 Lethbridge, Alta. Brandon Wheat Kings Eligible 2020
Seth Jarvis 5’10 172 02/01/2002 Winnipeg, Man. Portland Winterhawks Eligible 2020
Peyton Krebs 5’11” 180 1/26/2001 Okotoks, Alta. Winnipeg ICE VGK ’19 (1-17)
Connor Zary 6’0″ 180 09/25/2001 Saskatoon, Sask. Kamloops Blazers Eligible 2020

For more information on Hockey Canada or Canada’s National Junior Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on Facebook, Twitter and Twitter.com/HC_WJC.

About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.

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