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Hart, Juulsen: Team WHL

EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett Silvertips (@WHLSilvertips) announced in conjunction with the Western Hockey League, Central Hockey League, and Hockey Canada that defenseman Noah Juulsen and goaltender Carter Hart have been named to the Team WHL roster for the 2015 CHL Canada Russia Series, in competition against Team Russia starting Monday, Nov. 9.

Hart will compete with Juulsen on a WHL roster boasting eight first round National Hockey League Draft selections including Jake Debrusk (Swift Current), Mathew Barzal (Seattle), Nick Merkley (Kelowna), and Juulsen, who were chosen in the first round this past year.

Juulsen, 18, was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round (26th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, skated in one preseason game with the Canadiens and returned to post four points (2g-2a) in his first three WHL games this season. The 6-foot-2, 185 pound defenseman led all Silvertips defensemen with a career-high 52 points (9g-43a) in 68 games from last season while ranking tied for eighth among the league’s defensemen in scoring. He also posted three power play goals and his +22 rating was second on the club.

Juulsen skated in last season’s CHL Top Prospects Game, was invited to Canada’s National Junior Team summer development camp in July, and signed a three-year contract with the Canadiens on July 9. He is one of 17 players in Silvertips history to be drafted by an NHL club and last season was named recipient of the team’s Most Dedicated Player award.

Hart, 17, was named to the NHL Central Scouting Service’s “Players to Watch” list in September for the upcoming 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo. He is 4-2-0 with one shutout in six games with the Silvertips this season, additionally racking up a 2.87 goals-against-average and .911 save percentage. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound goaltender helped guide Team Canada to earn the gold medal at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament with a 1.50 goals-against-average and .903 save percentage in two appearances.

Hart, who led the WHL with a 2.29 goals-against-average last season, was originally selected by the Silvertips in the eighth round (158th overall) of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

Click here for the complete Team WHL roster.

Team WHL will face Team Russia in Game 1 of the 2015 Canada Russia Series in Kelowna, BC on Monday, November 9th and will continue the series on Tuesday, November 10th with Game 2 in Kamloops, BC. The OHL will host Games 3 and 4 while the QMJHL will conclude the series as hosts for Games 5 and 6.

The schedule for the 2015 Canada Russia Series is as follows:

Game 1 – Monday, November 9 at Kelowna, BC
Game 2 – Tuesday, November 10 at Kamloops, BC
Game 3 – Thursday, November 12 at Owen Sound, ON
Game 4 – Monday, November 16 at Windsor, ON
Game 5 – Tuesday, November 17 at Rouyn-Noranda, QC
Game 6 – Thursday, November 19 at Halifax, NS

Each of the three CHL member Leagues assembled a selection committee, working closely with Hockey Canada, to select the players for this year’s series. This year, Team WHL will once again be coached by 2014 WHL Coach of the Year Dave Lowry (Victoria Royals) who will also serve as head coach for Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.  Kelly McCrimmon (Brandon Wheat Kings) and Don Hay (Kamloops Blazers) will be the assistant coaches for Team WHL. Scott Hoyer (Kelowna Rockets) and Colin “Toledo” Robinson (Kamloops Blazers) will handle athletic trainer duties for both games.

The 2015 Canada Russia Series will be available via webcast through NeuLion and televised in Canada on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

The Silvertips return to play on Friday at XFINITY Arena, opening a four-game homestand against the Portland Winterhawks at 7:35 p.m. (1520 AM KKXA/WHL Live). Tickets are on sale at www.everettsilvertips.com/tickets, presenting a “Girls Night Out” ticket offer for just $20.  

For more information visit www.everettsilvertips.com or call 425-252-5100.  To keep up with all the latest team news and information, “like” the Everett Silvertips Hockey Club on Facebook or follow @WHLSilvertips on Twitter.

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