Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Press Release

WINNIPEG – Hockey Manitoba and Saskatchewan Hockey Association are pleased to announce the 2012 Team West roster that will compete at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Originally slated for Winnipeg but moved due to the return of the Winnipeg Jets, the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will be held December 29 - January 4 in Windsor, ON.

The team is annually comprised of 11 players from Manitoba and 11 players from Saskatchewan to form Team West. 12 of the 22 players named to Team West are currently playing in the Western Hockey League.

Winnipeg Blues bench boss, Don MacGillivray (Winnipeg) is an assistant coach of Team West and has lead the U-17 Program of Excellence selection process in Manitoba this past season. Joining the Team West staff as video coach will be Dan Eliasson (Winnipeg) who’ll replace Ray Neufeld (Winnipeg) who stepped aside for other personal commitments. Eliasson won the 2011 TELUS Cup – National Midget Championship as head coach with the Winnipeg Thrashers last season and was previously the Team West video coach in 2010.

Team West will compete in Pool B with Team Pacific, Team Czech Republic, Team Russia, and Team USA. Meanwhile Pool A will feature Team Atlantic, Team Quebec, Team Germany, Team Sweden along with last year’s champion Team Ontario.


Name P HT WT Born Hometown 2011-12 Team

Lotz, Austin G 6’ 183 05/27/95 St.Adolphe, MB Everett Silvertips

Shields, Mack G 6’3” 183 02/13/95 Saskatoon, Sk Saskatoon Contacts

Bowey, Madison D 6’1” 194 04/22/95 Winnipeg. MB Kelowna Rockets

Doeztel, Kayle D 6’3” 188 06/19/95 Rosetown, SK Red Deer Rebels

Harmsworth, Colby D 6’ 177 05/31/95 Saskatoon, SK Saskatoon Contacts

Pochuk, Kevin D 6’1” 192 05/22/95 Winnipeg, MB Winnipeg Wild

Stoykewych, Paul D 6’1” 190 09/03/95 Winnipeg, MB Winnipeg Blues

Wand, Spencer D 6’3” 189 04/08/95 Saskatoon, SK Kootenay Ice

Williams, Colby D 5’11” 176 01/26/95 Regina, SK Regina Pat Canadians

Bosc, Denis F 5’9” 162 04/30/95 Dufresne, MB Steinbach Pistons

Fontaine, Jarrett F 5”5” 150 05/15/95 Humboldt, SK Prince George Cougars

Forsberg, Alex F 5’11” 180 01/04/95 Waldheim, SK Prince George Cougars

Hansen, Carter F 6’2” 180 07/04/95 Craven, SK Moose Jaw Warriors

Keats, Kurt F 5’7” 157 08/16/95 Winnipeg, MB Winnipeg Blues

Laurencelle, Remi F 6” 175 10/05/95 Winnipeg, MB Winnipeg Wild

Leverton, Craig F 5’10” 185 01/02/95 Clavet, SK Lethbridge Hurricanes

Maguire, Geordie F 6’ 155 04/17/95 Winnipeg, MB Winnipeg Wild

Martin, Jonothan F 6’1” 190 08/23/95 Winnipeg, MB Kootenay Ice

Millette, Cory F 5’11” 185 01/19/95 Storthoaks, SK Red Deer Rebels

Stockl, Christian F 6’ 165 04/17/95 Winnipeg, MB Winnipeg Wild

Tkatch, Jordan F 5’10” 190 05/24/95 Prud’Homme, SK Prince George Cougars

Zajac, Nicholas F 5’10” 165 03/27/95 Headinngley, MB Saskatoon Blades

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