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Ast and Houck Named To Team Pacific

Vancouver Giants forwards Anthony Ast (pictured above) and Jackson Houck were both named to Team Pacific for the upcoming World Under-17 Hokcey Challenge in Windsor, Ontario.

Hockey Alberta and BC Hockey announced Tuesday the 22-player roster that will represent Team Pacific at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, December 29, 2011 – January 4, 2012 in Windsor, Ontario.

Team Pacific is comprised of 11 players from BC and 11 players from Alberta. Each province held a provincial camp over the summer to identify a set number of players. These players were evaluated during the first part of the club team season by a selected group of high performance evaluators.

“We’re very excited about the talented group of athletes we’re bringing to this competition,” said Team Pacific Head Coach, Michael Dyck. “We feel we have the right pieces in place to compete against the top teams in Windsor next month.”

“Now that the team is solidified, we can focus on bringing this group together and preparing them to compete at a very high level,” added Dyck. “Preparation is key for a short-term competition like this and we look forward to beginning the process with the 22 players.”

The 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will bring together the top players in the world born in 1995 or later. The tournament is made up of 10 teams; five (5) from Canada – Quebec, Ontario, Pacific (Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Yukon), Atlantic (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island) and West (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nunavut), and five (5) International teams –  Germany, Sweden, Russia, Czech Republic and the United States.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE WORLD UNDER-17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE<http://www.hockeycanada.ca/index.php/ci_id/171651/la_id/1.htm>

Team Pacific has included some of the top hockey players that Canada has ever produced.  Some notable graduates who have competed on Team Pacific include:

*   Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 2010
*   Joe Sakic, Team Pacific 1986
*   Jarome Iginla, Team Pacific 1994
*   Brent Seabrook, Team Pacific 2002
*   Dion Phaneuf, Team Pacific 2002
*   Mike Green, Team Pacific 2002
*   Evander Kane, Team Pacific 2008

The Under 17 program is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence.  Many players who compete at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge go on to represent Canada with the National Men’s Under 18 Team, National Junior Team and National Men’s Team.

At the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Winnipeg, Manitoba Team Pacific finished third winning the bronze medal.

2012 TEAM PACIFIC ROSTER

Name

P

HT

WT

DOB

Hometown

2010-11 Team

Comrie, Eric

G

6’0”

175

07/06/1995

Edmonton, AB

Tri-City Americans

Jarry, Tristan

G

6’1”

175

04/29/1995

Delta, BC

Edmonton Oil Kings

Burroughs, Kyle

D

5’11”

175

06/12/1995

Langley, BC

Regina Pats

Erkamps, Macoy

D

5’11”

193

02/02/1995

Delta, BC

Lethbridge Hurricanes

Geertsen, Mason

D

6’3”

188

04/19/1995

Rocky Rapids, AB

Edmonton Oil Kings

Kanzig, Keegan

D

6’5”

230

02/26/1995

Athabasca, AB

Victoria Royals

Lees, Jesse

D

5’11”

178

09/14/1995

Calgary, AB

Kelowna Rockets

Morrissey, Josh

D

6’0”

184

03/28/1995

Calgary, AB

Prince Albert Raiders

Nikkel, Ayrton

D

6’1”

185

08/31/1995

Kelowna, BC

Brandon Wheat Kings

Ast, Anthony

F

5’8”

170

02/11/1995

Richmond, BC

Vancouver Giants

Baillie, Tyson

F

5’10”

190

11/16/1995

Ft. Saskatchewan, AB

Kelowna Rockets

Chase, Greg

F

6’0”

182

01/01/1995

Sherwood Park, AB

Calgary Hitmen

Descheneau, Jaedon

F

5’8”

165

02/22/1995

Beaumont, AB

Kootenay Ice

Houck, Jackson

F

6’0”

184

02/27/1995

North Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Giants

Klimchuk, Morgan

F

5’11”

180

03/02/1995

Calgary, AB

Regina Pats

Lazar, Curtis

F

6’0”

189

02/02/1995

Vernon, BC

Edmonton Oil Kings

Merkley, Johnathon

F

5’11”

187

05/27/1995

Calgary, AB

Lethbridge Hurricanes

Needham, Matt

F

5’10”

187

04/17/1995

Penticton, BC

Kamloops Blazers

Petan, Nicolas

F

5’9”

153

03/22/1995

Delta, BC

Portland Winterhawks

Reinhart, Sam

F

6’1”

177

11/06/1995

Vancouver, BC

Kootenay Ice

White, Torrin

F

5’9”

155

02/18/1995

Medicine Hat, AB

Moose Jaw Warriors

Witala, Chase

F

5’11”

153

05/27/1995

Prince George, BC

Prince George Cougars

 

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