Gibl amongst 22 OHL players competing at 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship
TORONTO, Ont./MONTREAL, Que. – The 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship gets underway Friday, December 26, in Toronto, ON, and Montreal, QC.
A total of 53 current Canadian Hockey League players and an additional 17 former players are listed on official tournament rosters. The CHL is represented on rosters of all 10 participating countries including Canada with 20 current players and two former CHL players.
Following Canada, Team Switzerland has eight CHL players, Denmark and the United States each have six CHL players, Russia and the Czech Republic have four each, Slovakia has two, while Finland, Germany, and Sweden each have one CHL player.
The Ontario Hockey League leads the way with 22 players competing in the tournament followed by the Western Hockey League with 21 players, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 10 players. 33 of the CHL’s 60 clubs are represented in the event with the Guelph Storm, Kelowna Rockets, Plymouth Whalers, Portland Winterhawks, Rimouski Oceanic, and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds all leading the way with three players each.
CHL Players at 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship:
Madison Bowey (Kelowna Rockets)
Eric Comrie (Tri-City Americans)
Lawson Crouse (Kingston Frontenacs)
Max Domi (London Knights)
Robby Fabbri (Guelph Storm)
Zachary Fucale (Quebec Remparts)
Frederik Gauthier (Rimouski Oceanic)
Dillon Heatherington (Swift Current Broncos)
Joe Hicketts (Victoria Royals)
Connor McDavid (Erie Otters)
Samuel Morin (Rimouski Oceanic)
Josh Morrissey (Kelowna Rockets)
Darnell Nurse (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nick Paul (North Bay Battalion)
Nic Petan (Portland Winterhawks)
Brayden Point (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Sam Reinhart (Kootenay Ice)
Nick Ritchie (Peterborough Petes)
Shea Theodore (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Jake Virtanen (Calgary Hitmen)
In addition, Anthony Duclair is a former member of the Quebec Remparts, and Curtis Lazar is a former member of the Edmonton Oil Kings.
Czech Republic (4):
Jan Kostalek (Rimouski Oceanic)
Jan Mandat (Val-d’Or Foreurs)
Dominik Masin (Peterborough Petes)
Pavel Zacha (Sarnia Sting)
In addition, Dominik Kubalik is a former member of the Kitchener Rangers, David Nemecek is a former Saskatoon Blade, and Patrik Zdrahal is a former Rimouski Oceanic.
Mikkel Aagaard (Niagara IceDogs)
Oliver Bjorkstrand (Portland Winterhawks)
Nikolaj Ehlers (Halifax Mooseheads)
Mads Eller (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Sonny Hertzberg (Oshawa Generals)
Alexander True (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Alex Lintuniemi (Ottawa 67’s)
In addition, Julius Honka is a former member of the Swift Current Broncos.
Markus Eisenschmid (Medicine Hat Tigers)
In addition, Tim Bender is a former London Knight, Andreas Eder is a former Vancouver Giant, Dominik Kahun is a former member of the Sudbury Wolves, and Maximilian Kammerer is a former Regina Pat.
Ivan Barbashev (Moncton Wildcats)
Ivan Provorov (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Sergey Tolchinsky (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Rinat Valiev (Kootenay Ice)
In addition, Nikolay Goldobin is a former member of the Sarnia Sting.
Furthermore, 13 Team Russia players competed in the entire 2014 SUBWAY Super Series against the CHL’s three regional league teams including Alexander Bryntsev, Vladimir Bryukvin, Alexandr Dergachev, Ivan Fishchenko, Vladislav Gavrikov, Denis Kostin, Vyacheslav Leshchenko, Maxim Mamin, Ziat Paygin, Rushan Rafikov, Igor Shesterkin, Mikhail Tikhonov, Dmitry Yudin.
David Soltes (Prince George Cougars)
In addition, Patrik Koys is a former member of the Shawinigan Cataractes, Dominik Rehak is a former member of the Victoriaville Tigres, and Martin Reway is a former member of the Gatineau Olympiques.
Julius Bergman (London Knights)
Phil Baltisberger (Guelph Storm)
Michael Fora (Kamloops Blazers)
Timo Meier (Halifax Mooseheads)
Yannick Rathgeb (Plymouth Whalers)
Kay Schweri (Sherbrooke Phoenix)
Kris Schmidli (Kelowna Rockets)
Pius Suter (Guelph Storm)
Tim Wieser (Sherbrooke Phoenix)
In addition, Jason Fuchs is a former member of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, Edson Harlacher is a former Kamloops Blazer, and Mirco Mueller is a former Everett Silvertip.
United States (6):
Brandon Carlo (Tri-City Americans)
Anthony DeAngelo (Sarnia Sting)
Chase De Leo (Portland Winterhawks)
Brandon Halverson (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Sonny Milano (Plymouth Whalers)
Alex Nedeljkovic (Plymouth Whalers)
Canada’s National Junior Team will be joined by Finland, Germany, Slovakia and the United States in Group A, based out of Montreal, while the Czech Republic, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland and Russia will play in Group B in Toronto.
Every game at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship will be shown by TSN and RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada. Check local listings for broadcast times in your area.
Single-game tickets are on sale in Montreal for all 12 games, including four Team Canada preliminary round games and two-quarter-finals, starting at just $25.
Complete ticket information for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship can be found at www.hockeycanada.ca/2015juniors, and tickets can be purchased online or at the Bell Centre box office.
For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Junior Team and the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca, www.hockeycanada.ca/2015juniors,or follow on social media at www.facebook.com/worldjuniors, www.twitter.com/hc_wjc and www.twitter.com/hc_men.