19 WHL players named to Team Alberta for 2019 Canada Winter Games
Led by 11 first-round selections from the 2018 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft, including first-overall selection Dylan Guenther (Edmonton, Alta. / Edmonton Oil Kings), 19 WHL players will look to guide Hockey Alberta to the top of the podium in men’s hockey at the 2019 Canada Winter Games on home soil.
Of the 20 players on the roster, 19 were selected at the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft, with 2019 WHL Bantam Draft-eligible forward Matt Savoie the lone exception on this year’s roster of 2003-born players. Of the 19 players, two are goaltenders, six are defencemen, and 11 are forwards.
This year’s roster represents 15 WHL teams across all four division with a trio of players from the Oil Kings leading the way. In addition to Guenther, defencemen Keagan Slaney (Airdrie, Alta. / Edmonton Oil Kings) and Matt Smith (Edmonton, Alta. / Edmonton Oil Kings) were also named to the roster. The Red Deer Rebels and Vancouver Giants each feature a pair of players.
The Brandon Wheat Kings, Calgary Hitmen, Everett Silvertips, Lethbridge Hurricanes, Moose Jaw Warriors, Portland Winterhawks, Prince Albert Raiders, Prince George Cougars, Saskatoon Blades, Seattle Thunderbirds, Spokane Chiefs, and Tri-City Americans each have a single player on the roster.
Alberta will be looking for a strong performance at the tournament after a silver-medal finish at the 2015 edition of the games in Prince George, B.C. Alberta has won a medal a seven-straight Canada Winter Games dating back to 1991, but hasn’t won gold since 2003. Back then, future WHL stars like Devan Dubnyk, Kyle Chipchura, Mark Fistric, and Wacey Rabbitt among others led their province to a gold-medal result.
Overall, Alberta has won gold four times (1967, 1975, 1999, 2003), silver four times (1971, 1991, 1995, 2015), and bronze twice (2007, 2011).
Alberta will begin their tournament Saturday, February 16 (7:30 p.m. MT) against Saskatchewan, followed by games against Manitoba and British Columbia.
|Position||Name||Hometown||WHL Team||Draft Selection|
|Goaltender||Lochlan Gordon||Edmonton, Alta.||Portland Winterhawks||3 – 57|
|Goaltender||Drew Sim||Tees, Alta.||Vancouver Giants||3 – 46|
|Defence||Olen Zellweger||Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.||Everett Silvertips||2 – 42|
|Defence||Corson Ceulemans||Beaumont, Alta.||Moose Jaw Warriors||5 – 100|
|Defence||Marc Lajoie||St. Albert, Alta.||Tri-City Americans||1 – 14|
|Defence||Keagan Slaney||Airdrie, Alta.||Edmonton Oil Kings||1 – 20|
|Defence||Kyle Masters||Edmonton, Alta.||Red Deer Rebels||1 – 16|
|Defence||Matt Smith||Edmonton, Alta.||Edmonton Oil Kings||3 – 45|
|Forward||Colton Dach||Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.||Saskatoon Blades||1 – 6|
|Forward||Brett Hyland||Edmonton, Alta.||Brandon Wheat Kings||2 – 24|
|Forward||Zack Ostapchuk||St. Albert, Alta.||Vancouver Giants||1 – 12|
|Forward||Dylan Guenther||Edmonton, Alta.||Edmonton Oil Kings||1 – 1|
|Forward||Kai Uchacz||De Winton, Alta.||Seattle Thunderbirds||1 – 10|
|Forward||Zack Stringer||Lethbridge, Alta.||Lethbridge Hurricanes||1 – 8|
|Forward||Matt Savoie||St. Albert, Alta.||N/A||Eligible 2019|
|Forward||Jayden Grubbe||Calgary, Alta.||Red Deer||1 – 7|
|Forward||Tyson Laventure||Lloydminster, Alta.||Prince Albert Raiders||2 – 31|
|Forward||Craig Armstrong||Airdrie, Alta.||Prince George Cougars||1 – 9|
|Forward||Sean Tschigerl||Edmonton, Alta.||Calgary Hitmen||1 – 4|
|Forward||Owen MacNeil||Calgary, Alta.||Spokane Chiefs||2 – 39|