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Tyler Benson Named to Team WHL’s Roster for the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series

For a second straight season, Giants forward Tyler Benson has been named to Team WHL’s roster for the CIBC Canada Russia Series. Team WHL will face Team Russia twice beginning on Monday, November 6th in Moose Jaw, SK followed by a game on Tuesday, November 7th in Swift Current, SK.

Originally selected by the Giants first overall in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, Benson (Edmonton, AB) has registered 34 goals and 81 assists for 115 points in 132 career games with the Giants. In 2016 the Edmonton Oilers selected him in the second round (32nd overall) of the NHL Draft. He signed a three-year entry level contract with the Oilers in December, 2016.

Internationally Benson has represented Canada on multiple occasions. Twice he represented Canada at the World Under-17’s and also helped lead Canada to a bronze medal at the 2015 World Under-18 Championship, and later captured a gold medal with Canada at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Championship. Last season he suited up for Team WHL in the CIBC Canada Russia Series and posted two goals and an assist in two games.

Per the Western Hockey League: Team WHL once again features an abundance of NHL prospects, including 13 players selected in the first two rounds of the NHL Draft. A pair of top-10 selections from the 2017 NHL Draft highlight the roster, including Portland Winterhawks forward Cody Glass (Vegas Golden Knights, 1-6) and Tri-City Americans forward Michael Rasmussen (Detroit Red Wings, 1-9).

Moose Jaw Warriors captain Brett Howden, a first round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning, will have the opportunity to suit up for Team WHL in front of a hometown crowd when the series opens in Moose Jaw on November 6.

When the series shifts to Swift Current on November 7, the WHL’s leading goal scorer – Swift Current Broncos forward Tyler Steenbergen (Sylvan Lake, Alta.) – will suit up in front of his home crowd. Additionally, Vancouver Canucks prospect Kole Lind (Kelowna Rockets) hails from nearby Shaunavon, Sask.

For further information, including how to purchase tickets, please visit http://chlcanadarussia.ca.

Team WHL Roster:

Forwards 

Player Name Hometown DOB WHL Club NHL Draft
Anderson-Dolan, Jaret Calgary, Alta. 1999-09-12 Spokane Chiefs LA 2017 (2-41)
Benson, Tyler Edmonton, Alta. 1998-03-15 Vancouver Giants EDM 2016 (2-32)
Dube, Dillon Cochrane, Alta. 1998-07-20 Kelowna Rockets CGY 2016 (2-56)
Glass, Cody Winnipeg, Man. 1999-04-01 Portland Winterhawks VGK 2017 (1-6)
Howden, Brett Oakbank, Man. 1998-03-29 Moose Jaw Warriors TB 2016 (1-27)
Kaspick, Tanner Brandon, Man. 1998-01-28 Brandon Wheat Kings STL 2016 (4-119)
Lewis, Ty Brandon, Man. 1998-03-05 Brandon Wheat Kings COL 2017 (FA)
Lind, Kole Shaunavon, Sask. 1998-10-16 Kelowna Rockets VAN 2017 (2-33)
Phillips, Matthew Calgary, Alta. 1998-04-06 Victoria Royals CGY 2016 (6-166)
Rasmussen, Michael Surrey, B.C. 1999-04-17 Tri-City Americans DET 2017 (1-9)
Steel, Sam Sherwood Park, Alta. 1998-02-03 Regina Pats ANA 2016 (1-30)
Steenbergen, Tyler Sylvan Lake, Alta. 1998-01-07 Swift Current Broncos ARI 2017 (5-128)

 Defencemen

Player Name Hometown DOB WHL Club NHL Draft
Bean, Jake Calgary, Alta. 1998-06-09 Calgary Hitmen CAR 2016 (1-13)
Cholowski, Dennis Langley, B.C. 1998-02-15 Prince George Cougars DET 2016 (1-20)
Clague, Kale Lloydminster, Alta. 1998-06-05 Brandon Wheat Kings LA 2016 (2-51)
Foote, Cal Englewood, Col. 1998-12-13 Kelowna Rockets TB 2017 (1-14)
Mahura, Josh St. Albert, Alta. 1998-05-05 Regina Pats ANA 2016 (3-85)
Quenneville, David Edmonton, Alta. 1998-03-13 Medicine Hat Tigers NYI 2016 (7-200)

Goaltenders 

Player Name Hometown DOB WHL Club NHL Draft
Hart, Carter Sherwood Park, Alta. 1998-08-13 Everett Silvertips PHI 2016 (2-48)
Skinner, Stuart Edmonton, Alta. 1998-11-01 Lethbridge Hurricanes EDM 2017 (3-78)

 

Each of the three CHL member Leagues assembled a selection committee, working closely with Hockey Canada, to select the players for this year’s series. This year, Team WHL will be coached by Tim Hunter (Moose Jaw Warriors), who will also serve as an assistant coach for Team Canada at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. Regina Pats general manager and head coach John Paddock and Swift Current Broncos director of player personnel and head coach Manny Viveiros will serve as assistant coaches for Team WHL.

The six-game series features regional league teams of Canadian National Junior Team candidates competing against the Russian National Junior Team. For the fourth 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 58-19-1-6.  The competitiveness of the rivalry has grown in recent years with four of the last seven series decided in the final game, and with Russia earning three series wins since 2010 compared to the CHL’s four series triumphs over the same period including last season by a 13-5 margin in points.

The 2017 CIBC Canada Russia series is supported by CHL associate sponsors Cooper Tires and Sherwin-Williams. All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series Schedule:

Game 1 – Monday November 6 at Moose Jaw, SK
Game 2 – Tuesday November 7 at Swift Current, SK
Game 3 – Thursday November 9 at Owen Sound, ON
Game 4 – Monday November 13 at Sudbury, ON
Game 5 – Tuesday November 14 at Charlottetown, PE
Game 6 – Thursday November 16 at Moncton, NB

 

 

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