CALGARY, AB – The Everett Silvertips (@WHLSilvertips), in conjunction with the Western Hockey League and the Canadian Hockey League, announced today that Silvertips defenseman Noah Juulsen will serve as captain for Team WHL in the 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series, which begins November 7 in Prince George.
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 and has amassed 10 points (4g-6a) through nine games to start the 2016-17 WHL season. The product of Abbotsford, B.C. previously skated for Team WHL during the 2015 edition of the event, managing one goal and a plus-3 rating in two games. In 200 career WHL regular season games, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound blueliner has collected 100 points (22g-78a).
This season marks the second straight year Juulsen joins teammate and goaltender Carter Hart in the series, an essential phase in identifying the final roster for Hockey Canada at the upcoming IIHL World Junior Championship. Canada was represented at last year’s World Junior in Finland by 21 CHL players who competed in this series in 2015, while 13 members of Team Russia’s series entry also competed in Helsinki earning a second straight silver medal.
Juulsen 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.
In addition, the WHL announced that Kelowna Rockets forward Nick Merkley and Tri-City Americans defenseman Parker Wotherspoon will serve as alternate captains for Team WHL.
Team WHL will face Team Russia in Game 1 of the 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series in Prince George, B.C., on Monday, November 7, before continuing on to Edmonton, Alta., for Game 2 on Tuesday, November 8. The Ontario Hockey League will host Games 3 and 4, while the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League will welcome the festivities surrounding Games 5 and 6.
The six-game series features regional league teams of Canadian National Junior Team candidates competing against the Russian National Junior Team. For the third 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 54-18-6 against Team Russia. The competitiveness of the rivalry has grown in recent years with four of the last six series decided in the final game. Russia earned their first series victory in 2010 and have since alternated annual series victories with the CHL who earned the 2015 title by a 12-3 margin in points. The event is an integral part of the identification process for Team Canada prior to the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. Canada was represented at this season’s World Junior in Finland by 21 CHL players who competed in this series in 2015, while 13 members of Team Russia’s series entry also competed in Helsinki earning a second straight silver medal.
The 2016 CIBC Canada Russia series is supported by CHL associate sponsors Cooper Tire, autoTRADER.ca and Sherwin-Williams. All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.
2016 CHL Canada Russia Series Schedule:
Game 1 – Monday November 7 at Prince George, BC
Game 2 – Tuesday November 8 at Edmonton, AB
Game 3 – Thursday November 10 at North Bay, ON
Game 4 – Monday November 14 at Hamilton, ON
Game 5 – Tuesday November 15 at Chicoutimi, QC
Game 6 – Thursday November 17 at Baie-Comeau, QC
For event information, please visit www.chlcanadarussia.ca.
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