CALGARY, AB – Silvertips defenseman Ryan Murray was one of 28 players included today when Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League announced the roster that will represent Canada in the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge in August, an event that replaces Canada’s National Junior Team summer development camp for this season.
Canada’s roster, comprised of three goaltenders, 10 defencemen and 15 forwards, was selected by Kevin Prendergast, head scout of the men’s Program of Excellence for Hockey Canada, along with Hockey Canada senior director of hockey operations and national teams Scott Salmond, and the team’s coaching staff, comprised of head coach Steve Spott (Waterloo, Ont./Kitchener, OHL), Mario Duhamel (St-Bruno, Que./Drummondville, QMJHL), Don Nachbaur (Prince George, B.C./Spokane, WHL) and André Tourigny (Nicolet, Que./Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL).
Prendergast will continue to monitor these players and other potential candidates during the first few months of the 2012-13 season and at the CHL Subway Super Series to determine who will be invited to Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp in December. In total, 22 players will be selected to represent Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, December 26, 2012 to January 5, 2013 in Ufa, Russia.
Murray, 18, is no stranger to donning the Maple Leaf for Team Canada, having competed in 2012 World Junior Championships and 2012 IIHF Men’s World Championships, the 2010 and 2011 Under-18 World Championships and the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. The White City, Saskatchewan native is projected to be among the first players chosen in next week’s NHL Entry Draft after being ranked second among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.
Hockey Canada and the CHL also named the members of the support staff for both the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge and the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.
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Canada’s roster in Yaroslavl, Russia and in Halifax, N.S. includes seven players who won bronze with Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship in Alberta: joining Murray are fellow defensemen Dougie Hamilton (Toronto, Ont./Niagara, OHL) and Scott Harrington (Kingston, Ont./London, OHL) and forwards Jonathan Huberdeau (St-Jérôme, Que./Saint John, QMJHL), Boone Jenner (Dorchester, Ont./Oshawa, OHL), Mark Scheifele (Kitchener, Ont./Barrie, OHL) and Ryan Strome (Mississauga, Ont./Niagara, OHL).
The 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge is a collaboration between Hockey Canada, the Canadian Hockey League, Halifax Mooseheads and Halifax Trade Centre Limited, which will see Canada and Russia’s national junior programs face off in four games, two in Russia (August 9 and 10) and two in Canada (August 13 and 14), to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series.
Two-game ticket packages for the Halifax portion of the series are on sale for $86, plus applicable fees. The packages are available by going to www.HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets or by calling Ticket Atlantic at (902) 451-1221.
For more information on Canada’s National Junior Team and Hockey Canada, please visit www.HockeyCanada.ca.