Nine BCHL players named to Team Canada West

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December 8, 2015

COBOURG, Ont. – The 22 players who will represent Team Canada West at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge in Cobourg and Whitby, Ont., have been named.

Hockey Canada and the Canadian Junior Hockey League announced that two goaltenders, seven defencemen, and 13 forwards will make up this year’s Team Canada West roster, which meets the Czech Republic in the tournament-opener on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. ET at the Cobourg Community Centre.

Nine of the 22 play in the BCHL, eight of them are from BC. Eleven play in the AJHL, two in the MJHL.

Bo Didur (1997) of West Vancouver and Langley Rivermen is one of the two goalies. Dante Fabbro (1998) of Coquitlam/Whistler and the Penticton Vees, and Dennis Cholowski (1998) of Langley and the Chilliwack Chiefs are the two BCHL blue liners.

Four BC resident forwards made the team: Tyson Jost (1998) of Kelowna and the Vees, Liam Finlay (1997) of Kelowna/Vernon Vipers, Blake Hayward (1998) of Vancouver/Coquitlam Express, and Carter Turnbull (1998) of Nanaimo/Power River Kings.

Justin Fregona (1997) plays for Langley, but hails from Mississauga, Ontario.

The team is a relatively young squad, with only three 1996 born players, eleven 1997s, and nine 1998s, including four D-men and a goalie.

“We had quite the task to go from the 60 players invited to selection camp to this final 22-player roster,” said Team Canada West head coach Tim Fragle. “I’m happy with what we saw at camp, and of the welcome we had in Leduc, and I’m confident we have a strong team heading into this year’s World Junior A Challenge. We’ll be ready to compete.

”The final tournament roster was chosen by Fragle (Sherwood Park, AJHL) along with assistant coaches Paul Dyck (Steinbach, MJHL), Mike Reagan (Flin Flon, SJHL) and Barry Wolff (Coquitlam, BCHL), and director of Hockey operations Trevor Alto (B.C. Hockey League).

Players named to Team Canada West were selected from the CJHL’s five western Junior A leagues: the British Columbia 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).

An exhibition game featuring Team Canada West going head-to-head against Russia will take place on Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET at the Duncan McDonald Memorial Gardens, home of the OJHL’s Trenton Golden Hawks. This year marks the 10th edition of the World Junior A Challenge – executed as part of a partnership between Hockey Canada and the CJHL.

The event visits Ontario for the first time since its inception in 2006.Two Canadian teams and four international squads will form the two groups of three teams that face off Dec. 13-19 at the Cobourg Community Centre in Cobourg and the Iroquois Park Sports Centre in Whitby.

Both communities are on Highway 401 about an hours drive east of Toronto.All preliminary-round games, quarter-finals, semifinals, and the bronze-medal game can be seen live and free through FASTHockey webcasts at www.hockeycanada.ca/wjac.

The gold-medal game is scheduled for Sat. Dec. 19 at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT and will be broadcast by TSN and RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada.Seven of the nine gold-medal games at the World Junior A Challenge have featured at least one Canadian team.

Team Canada West won gold at the first two tournaments, in 2006 and 2007, and also took the top prize in 2011. The team also earned silver in 2008, 2009 and 2012, and won bronze in 2013.

Team Canada East earned silver medals in 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011, and claimed bronze in 2008.For more information on the 2015 World Junior A Challenge, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca/wjac, or follow along via social media at www.facebook.com/wjrac or www.twitter.com/hc_wjac.

The Roster:

Goaltenders

#
Name
Pos
Shoots
Ht
Wt
Date of Birth
Hometown
Current Team
1 Bo Didur G L 5’10” 160 04/21/1997 West Vancouver, B.C. Langley (BCHL)
31 Matthew Murray G L 6’1” 185 02/02/1998 St. Albert, Alta. Spruce Grove (AJHL)

Defencemen

#
Name
Pos
Sh
Ht
Wt
D of B
Hometown
Current Team
3 Dean Stewart D R 6’2” 178 06/10/1998 Portage la Prairie, Man. Portage (MJHL)
4 Brett Orr D L 5’10” 182 04/04/1996 Elkhorn, Man. Portage (MJHL)
5 Shane Bear D L 5’10” 170 02/17/1997 Calgary, Alta. Brooks (AJHL)
6 Brinson Pasichnuk D L 6’0” 185 11/24/1997 Bonnyville, Alta. Bonnyville (AJHL)
7 Cale Makar D R 5’10” 175 10/30/1998 Calgary, Alta. Brooks (AJHL)
8 Dante Fabbro D R 6’1” 185 06/20/1998 Whistler, B.C. Penticton (BCHL)
9 Dennis Cholowski D L 6’1” 165 02/15/1998 Langley, B.C. Chilliwack (BCHL)

Forwards

#
Name
Pos
Sh
Ht
Wt
D of B
Hometown
Current Team
10 Tyson Jost F L 6’0” 195 03/17/1998 Kelowna, B.C. Penticton (BCHL)
11 Liam Finlay F R 5’7” 145 02/18/1997 Kelowna, B.C. Vernon (BCHL)
12 Bobby McMann F R 6’2” 185 06/15/1996 Wainwright, Alta. Bonnyville (AJHL)
14 Justin Fregona F R 5’7” 154 05/29/1997 Mississauga, Ont. Langley (BCHL)
15 Blake Hayward F R 6’1” 195 02/11/1998 Vancouver, B.C. Coquitlam (BCHL)
16 Brandon Biro F L 5’11” 160 03/11/1998 Sherwood Park, Alta. Spruce Grove (AJHL)
17 Tyler Busch F L 6’2” 192 01/03/1996 Lloydminster, Alta. Spruce Grove (AJHL)
18 Carter Turnbull F R 5’7” 155 09/08/1998 Nanaimo, B.C. Powell River (BCHL)
19 Tyler Maltby F R 6’2” 215 05/13/1996 Sherwood Park, Alta. Sherwood Park (AJHL)
20 Troy Van Tetering F R 5’10” 165 04/26/1997 Carstairs, Alta. Lloydminster (AJHL)
21 Joseph Nardi F L 5’9” 155 06/01/1997 Edmonton, Alta. Whitecourt (AJHL)
23 Noah Bauld F R 5’11” 180 01/02/1997 Halifax, N.S. Lloydminster (AJHL)
29 Kyle Betts F L 6’1” 180 09/17/1997 Flesherton, Ont. Powell River (BCHL)