EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett Silvertips (@WHLSilvertips) announced in conjunction with Hockey Canada and the Western Hockey League that defenseman Noah Juulsen and goaltender Carter Hart have been named to Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team for the upcoming 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, starting Dec. 26 (TSN/RDS/NHL Network) in Montreal and Toronto.
The Silvertips duo will be a part of 22 total players who earned a spot on Canada’s roster, who open the tournament against Russia at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. This year, the gold medal game will be hosted in Montreal.
Juulsen, who served as captain for Team WHL in last month’s Canada Russia Series and Hart, a teammate in the series and the reigning CHL Goaltender of the Year, are among seven players from the WHL earning a spot with Hockey Canada in the upcoming tournament.
The Silvertips are the sole WHL team to have more than one player represented on Hockey Canada’s roster.
Juulsen was drafted in the first round, 26th overall, of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. The 19-year-old serves as captain of the Silvertips (currently first place in the U.S. Division) and has 20 points in 25 games while collecting a +13 rating this season. The product of Abbotsford, B.C. has skated in 216 career WHL regular season games and collected 110 points (27g-83a) and a +46 rating.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound blueliner was named to the WHL (West) All-Star Second Team last season as he gathered in 28 points (7g-21a) in 63 games with the Silvertips, additionally posting a pair of assists in six playoff games. He skated in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in 2015, the same year he was selected by Montreal in the draft.
Hart, the first goaltender selected in last summer’s NHL Entry Draft, second round (48th overall) by the Philadelphia Flyers, leads the WHL this season in goals-against-average (1.85), shutouts (4), is second in save percentage (.928), and has a 16-3-4-0 record in 24 appearances. Capturing WHL Goaltender of the Month (November), CHL Goaltender of the Week and back-to-back WHL Goaltender of the Week awards this season, he is in his third season as a Silvertip after capturing the Vaughn Canadian Hockey League and WHL Goaltender of the Year (Del Wilson Memorial Trophy) awards in 2015-16.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound goaltender was named Silvertips Most Valuable Player last season, earning a WHL best 35 wins and was second in goals against average (2.14), tied for second in shutouts (6), and second in minutes (3,693), en route to a 35-23-1-3 record and First Team All-Star selection in the Western Conference of the WHL. He suited up in the CHL/NHL Prospects Game in Vancouver and earned a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup. He is 69-32-7-7 with 14 career shutouts and a 2.14 goals-against-average in 119 career WHL games.
In addition to the seven WHL players that will compete in the tournament, the WHL will be represented on the staff of Team Canada once again this year. Tim Hunter (Moose Jaw Warriors) will serve as an assistant coach while Brian Cheeseman (Edmonton Oil Kings) will serve as an athletic therapist for the second consecutive year for Team Canada.
Canada plays three pre-tournament games beginning Dec. 19 in Montreal against Finland, Dec. 21 in Ottawa against the Czech Republic, and Dec. 23 in Toronto against Switzerland.
The Silvertips return to play tomorrow, hosting the Tri-City Americans at 7:35 p.m. (1380 AM / 95.3 FM / Tips App) at XFINITY Arena. Saturday’s game is Teddy Bear Toss at XFINITY Arena, with the Silvertips hosting the Portland Winterhawks at 7:05 p.m. Ticket specials are available as low as $8 by visiting www.everettsilvertips.com/ticketpromos.
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