Vancouver Giants’s forward Brendan Gallagher will join head coach Don Hay as a member of Team Canada for the 2012 World Junior Champioinships. Gallagher received the word bright and early Wednesday morning from his head coach and as usual he had a huge smile on his face. Following last night’s game against the CIS All-Stars, which Gallagher did not play in, the team was cut down from 35 to 22 players. If you count former Prince George Cougar and current Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brett Connolly, Gallagher is 1 of 6 WHL players named to this year’s team.
The final cuts included Medicine Hat Tigers netminder Tyler Bunz and Louis Domingue of the Quebec Remparts, defensemen Alex Petrovic of the Red Deer Rebels, Kitchener Rangers defenceman Ryan Murphy, Portland’s Joe Morrow and Ottawa’s Cody Ceci. Up front Ottawa 67s winger Tyler Toffoli, Portland Winterhawks Brad Ross and Ty Rattie, Michigan winger Phil Di Giuseppe, Christian Thomas of the Oshawa Generals, Victoriaville’s Phillip Danault and Brett Bulmer of the Kelowna Rockets were also let go.
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Canada opens the tournament Boxing Day vs. Finland.