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 Selection Camp, Dec. 10-14 in Blainville, Quebec.
It was also announced Tuesday that Hart has been named Vaughn Canadian Hockey League Goaltender of the Week.
Juulsen, who served as captain for Team WHL in this month’s Canada Russia Series and Hart, a teammate in the series and the reigning CHL Goaltender of the Year, are among 12 players from the WHL vying to play for Hockey Canada in the upcoming 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, starting Dec. 26 (TSN/RDS/NHL Network) and hosted in Toronto and Montreal.
The Silvertips are one of four WHL teams with a pair of players to be represented in Hockey Canada’s camp.
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 Western Conference) and ranks tied for sixth among league defensemen in goals (7) while leading all Tips defensemen with 18 points in 21 games and collecting a +11 rating this season. The product of Abbotsford, B.C. has skated in 212 career WHL regular season games and collected 108 points (25g-83a) and a +44 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 (1.67), shutouts (3), save percentage (.937), and has a 13-3-0-0 record in 20 appearances. As the reigning back-to-back recipient of the WHL Goaltender of the Week award, 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 last season.
Hart’s CHL Goaltender of the Week award is his second in two seasons.
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.
Following the four-day selection camp, 22 players will be selected to represent Canada and don the Maple Leaf on home ice for the first time since 2015 when Canada won gold in front of a sold-out crowd of over 19,000 fans at the Air Canada Centre. This year, the gold medal game will be hosted in Montreal.
In addition to the 12 WHL players that will attend selection camp, 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.
The selection camp roster was released at a news conference on Tuesday. Ryan Jankowski, director of player personnel for Hockey Canada, and Joel Bouchard, member of the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence manage group, led the evaluation process with input from coaches and general managers across the Canada Hockey League.
The Silvertips return to play Wednesday, hosting the Kootenay Ice in the only meeting of the season at 7:05 p.m. (1380 AM / 95.3 FM / Tips App) at XFINITY Arena. Ticket specials are available as low as $8 by visiting www.everettsilvertips.com/ticketpromos.
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