Calgary, AB. – The Western Hockey League in association with the Canadian Hockey League and SUBWAY® today announced the players that will serve as Captains and Assistant Captains for Team WHL in the 2010 SUBWAY® Super Series games to be played in Kamloops, BC on Wednesday November 17 and in Prince George on Thursday November 18, 2010.
Spokane Chiefs defenceman Jared Cowen has been named Team WHL captain for game five of the SUBWAY® Super Series in Kamloops, BC. The 19-year-old from Allen, SK, is playing his fourth year with the Spokane Chiefs and was a member of Team Canada at the 2010 World Junior Championships. Cowen, who was selected in the 1st round – 9th overall by the Ottawa Senators at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, is representing Team WHL for the third straight season. Curtis Hamilton (Saskatoon Blades), Matt MacKenzie (Calgary Hitmen) and Chase Schaber (Kamloops Blazers) have been named assistant captains for the Team WHL for the game in Kamloops, BC. Hamilton is one of three assistant captains on the Saskatoon Blades, MacKenzie shares the captaincy of the Calgary Hitmen and Chase Schaber is the captain of the Kamloops Blazers. Hamilton competed for Team WHL during last year’s event while this is the first appearance for both MacKenzie and Schaber.
Swift Current Broncos forward Cody Eakin has been named Team WHL captain for game six of the SUBWAY® Super Series in Prince George, BC. The 19-year-old from Winnipeg, MB is playing his fourth season with the Swift Current Broncos. Eakin, who was selected in the 3rd round – 85th overall by the Washington Capitals at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, is representing Team WHL for the second straight year. Tyson Barrie (Kelowna Rockets), Brett Connolly (Prince George Cougars) and Matt MacKenzie (Calgary Hitmen) have been named as assistant captains for Team WHL for the game in Prince George, BC. Barrie and Connolly participated in last year’s SUBWAY® Super Series and both wear the captains ‘C’ for their respective Clubs.
The 2010 SUBWAY® Super Series is currently underway and marks the eighth straight year that teams of CHL All-Stars have competed against Team Russia in preparation for the World Junior Hockey Championships. The SUBWAY® Super Series is an integral part of the evaluation process prior to Team Canada’s final selection camp in December. This season, Canada will be competing for their 13th straight medal at the 2011 tournament in Buffalo, NY.
Team WHL will face Team Russia in games five and six of the series played Wednesday, November 17 in Kamloops, BC, and on Thursday, November 18 in Prince George, BC. The first two games of the series were hosted by the QMJHL with the OHL hosting games three and four.
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