6 BC players selected for Canada-Russia series

in regular season


October 18, 2018

Calgary, AB

The Western Hockey League has announced its selections for Team WHL, which will compete against Team Russia at the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series in Kamloops and Vancouver. Six BC based players have made the cut.

Team WHL will face Team Russia in Game 1 in Kamloops, BC, on Monday, November 5, before continuing on to Vancouver, B.C. for Game 2 on Tuesday, November 6.

The series will then head east where the Ontario Hockey League will host Games 3 and 4, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Games 5 and 6.

Team WHL features 10 players selected in the first two rounds of the NHL Draft or projected to be selected in the first two rounds of the 2019 NHL Draft.

A trio defencemen from the 2018 NHL Draft will man the blueline for Team WHL, including Spokane Chiefs defenceman Ty Smith (New Jersey Devils, 1-17), Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Jett Woo (Vancouver Canucks, 2-37),  and Lethbridge Hurricanes defenceman Calen Addison (Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-53).

WHL forwards are led by Portland Winterhawks captain Cody Glass (Vegas Golden Knights, 2017 ­– 1-6), and include highly-touted prospects expected to be called at the 2019 NHL Draft, including Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes), Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades), and Nolan Foote (Kelowna Rockets).



A pair of Vancouver Giants will have the opportunity to suit up for Team WHL in front of a hometown crowd when the series shifts to Vancouver for Game 2 on November 6.

Sophomore defenceman Bowen Byram, projected to be selected in the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft, as well as Arizona Coyotes prospect David Tendeck, a product of North Vancouver, will both be in the lineup for Team WHL.

Three players – Justin Almeida, Jordy Bellerive, and Tendeck are reuniting for the series – they won the 2013-2014 Western Canada Bantam Championship together at the North Shore Winter Club.

Scott Walford from Coquitlam, rounds out the six BC-based WHL picks – Walford played bantam and midget hockey at Okanagan Hockey Academy before going the Royals.

Cozens left Whitehorse to play CSSHL midget hockey at the Delta and Yale Hockey Academies before joining the Hurricanes.

Bowen, Cozens and Dach are the only 2001 birth years in the group.


Team WHL Roster:


Player Name Hometown DOB WHL Club NHL Draft
Almeida, Justin Kitimat 1999-02-06 Moose Jaw Warriors PIT 2018 (5-129)
Bellerive, Jordy North Vancouver 1999-05-02 Lethbridge Hurricanes PIT 2017 (FA)
Cozens, Dylan Whitehorse 2001-02-09 Lethbridge Hurricanes Eligible 2019
Dach, Kirby Fort Saskatchewan 2001-01-21 Saskatoon Blades Eligible 2019
Dewar, Connor The Pas 1999-06-26 Everett Silvertips MIN 2018 (3-92)
Fix-Wolansky, Trey Edmonton 1999-05-26 Edmonton Oil Kings CBJ 2018 (7-204)
Foote, Nolan Engelwood, CO 2000-11-29 Kelowna Rockets Eligible 2019
Glass, Cody Winnipeg 1999-04-01 Portland Winterhawks VGK 2017 (1-6)
Kelly, Parker Camrose 1999-05-14 Prince Albert Raiders OTT 2017 (FA)
Leason, Brett Calgary 1999-04-30 Prince Albert Raiders Free Agent
Mattheos, Stelio Winnipeg 1999-06-14 Brandon Wheat Kings CAR 2017 (3-73)
Sutter, Riley Calgary 1999-10-25 Everett Silvertips WAS 2018 (3-93)



Player Name Hometown DOB WHL Club NHL Draft
Addison, Calen Brandon 2000-04-11 Lethbridge Hurricanes PIT 2018 (2-53)
Brook, Josh Roblin 1999-06-17 Moose Jaw Warriors MTL 2017 (2-56)
Byram, Bowen Cranbrook 2001-06-13 Vancouver Giants Eligible 2019
Smith, Ty Lloydminster 2000-03-24 Spokane Chiefs NJD 2018 (1-17)
Walford, Scott Coquitlam 1999-01-12 Victoria Royals MTL 2017 (3-68)
Woo, Jett Winnipeg 2000-07-27 Moose Jaw Warriors VAN 2018 (2-37)


Player Name Hometown DOB WHL Club NHL Draft
Scott, Ian Calgary 1999-01-11 Prince Albert Raiders TOR 2017 (4-110)
Tendeck, David North Vancouver 1999-11-25 Vancouver Giants ARI 2018 (6-158)


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

Since the event first began in 2003, CHL teams have played to an overall record of 61-22-1-6.

The competitiveness of the rivalry has grown in recent years, with the 2017 event requiring a shootout to break a series tie in Game 6.

The first ever shootout finale in event history was won by Team QMJHL, giving the CHL its third consecutive series victory.

Team CHL has won 12 times in event history, with Russia emerging victorious on three occasions.

The 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series is supported by title sponsor CIBC, the Official Bank of the CHL, along with associate sponsors Kia Canada, Sherwin-Williams, Cooper Tires, and Kubota Canada.

All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series ScheduleGame 1 – Monday, November 5 at Kamloops, BC
Game 2 – Tuesday, November 6 at Vancouver, BC
Game 3 – Thursday, November 8 at Sarnia, ON
Game 4 – Monday, November 12 at Oshawa, ON
Game 5 – Tuesday, November 13 at Sherbrooke, QC
Game 6 – Thursday, November 15 at Drummondville, QC