EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett Silvertips (@WHLSilvertips), six-time U.S. Division champion and defending Western Conference champions of the Western Hockey League, announced in conjunction with the WHL and Canadian Hockey League that Silvertips forward Connor Dewar will serve as alternate captain for Team WHL at the upcoming 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series, starting Monday, Nov. 5 in Kamloops. Dewar will join Jordy Bellerive (Lethbridge) and Cody Glass (Portland) as players named an alternate captain, while Josh Brook (Moose Jaw) will serve Team WHL as captain.
Dewar, currently in his first season as Tips captain, will join teammate Riley Sutter on Team WHL as part of an assortment of NHL prospects from Canada selected in the NHL Draft or eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft, scheduled to compete against the Russian National Junior Team. Team WHL is part of a selection process including prospects from the Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, vying for a roster spot with Team Canada at the upcoming World Junior Championships.
Dewar, 19, leads the Silvertips with 18 points in 11 games, additionally racking up a Silvertips leading ten goals and 63 shots (4th, WHL). The 5-foot-10, 176 pound forward helped guide the Tips to their second Western Conference title in franchise history last season, earned the game winning goal in their first WHL Championship Series victory, and was named the Silvertips Most Dedicated Player when he shattered career highs in points (68), assists (30) and goals (38), leading the Silvertips in goals while becoming the youngest player in Silvertips history to reach the 38-goal mark.
In the postseason, he was second on the program in points (26) and goals (12) in all 22 games, leading the entire league in plus-minus (+24) and shots on goal (106).
A third round selection (92nd overall) of the Minnesota Wild in the 2018 NHL Draft, he has 134 points and a +18 rating in 222 WHL games, all with the Silvertips, and 29 points and a +20 rating in 41 career WHL postseason games.
Dewar and Sutter’s selections to Team WHL marks the fourth consecutive season the Silvertips will be represented in the series, joining defenseman Noah Juulsen (2015-16) and goaltender Carter Hart (2015-17). Juulsen and Hart were named to Team Canada for the 2016 World Junior Championships, while Hart steered Team Canada to the gold medal in last year’s event in Buffalo.
The 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series will have Team WHL face Team Russia in Game 1 the series in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, November 5, before continuing on to Vancouver, B.C. for Game 2 on Tuesday, November 6. The Ontario Hockey League will host Games 3 and 4, while the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League will welcome the festivities for Games 5 and 6. All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.
Season Tickets and Mini-Plan Packages are available at www.everettsilvertips.com/season. The Silvertips return to play at home on Nov. 2 against the Tri-City Americans at 7:35 p.m. in downtown Everett. Tickets are on sale at www.everettsilvertips.com/tickets.
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