Team WHL leadership group announced for 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series
Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League, in collaboration with the Canadian Hockey League and Hockey Canada, announced today that Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Josh Brook will serve as captain for Team WHL at the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series.
In addition, the WHL announced that Lethbridge Hurricanes forward Jordy Bellerive, Everett Silvertips forward Connor Dewar and Portland Winterhawks forward Cody Glass will serve as alternate captains for Team WHL.
Selected in the second round (56th) of the 2017 NHL Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, the 19-year-old Brook was named the 32nd captain in the history of the Moose Jaw Warriors in September 2018. With 13 points (5G-8A) in 10 games, Brook leads all Warriors defencemen in scoring. A product of Roblin, Man., Brook previously represented Canada at the 2016 Hlinka Memorial Cup as well as at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins as an undrafted free agent in September 2017, the 19-year-old Bellerive was named the 26th captain in the history of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in January 2018. Bellerive sits second in Lethbridge scoring with 19 points (8G-11A) in 15 contests. A product of North Vancouver, Bellerive previously represented Canada at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Selected by the Minnesota Wild in the third round (92nd) of the 2018 NHL Draft, the 19-year-old Dewar was named the 16th captain in the history of the Everett Silvertips in May 2018. With 18 points (10G-8A) in 11 games, Dewar sits second on the Silvertips in scoring. A product of The Pas, Man., Dewar has yet to represent Canada on the international stage.
Already having the distinction of being the first draft choice in the history of the Vegas Golden Knights (2017, sixth overall), the 19-year-old Glass was named the 43rd captain in the history of the Portland Winterhawks in October 2018. With 23 points (5G-18A) in 12 games, Glass sits second on the Winterhawks in scoring. He suited up for Team WHL at the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series and previously represented Canada at the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship and 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
The 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series begins Monday, November 5 at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops, B.C., before continuing Tuesday, November 6 at the Langley Events Centre in Vancouver.
The six-game CIBC Canada Russia Series features regional league teams of Canadian National Junior Team candidates competing against the Russian National Junior Team. For the fifth 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 61-22-1-6. The competitiveness of the rivalry has grown in recent years, with the 2017 event requiring a shootout to break a series tie in Game 6. The first ever shootout finale in event history was won by Team QMJHL, giving the CHL its third consecutive series victory. Team CHL has won 12 times in event history, with Russia emerging victorious on three occasions.
The 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series is supported by title sponsor CIBC, the Official Bank of the CHL, along with associate sponsors Kia Canada, Sherwin-Williams, Cooper Tires, and Kubota Canada. All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.
2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series Schedule
Game 1 – Monday, November 5 at Kamloops, BC
Game 2 – Tuesday, November 6 at Vancouver, BC
Game 3 – Thursday, November 8 at Sarnia, ON
Game 4 – Monday, November 12 at Oshawa, ON
Game 5 – Tuesday, November 13 at Sherbrooke, QC
Game 6 – Thursday, November 15 at Drummondville, QC
For event information please visit http://chlcanadarussia.ca.
About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.