The Everett Silvertips are proud to announce that two current Silvertips will appear for Team Pacific and a Silvertip prospect will appear for Team West at the 2011 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, held in December and January in Winnipeg and Portage La Prairie, MB.
Forward Jari Erricson of Prince George, BC and defenseman Nick Walters of St. Albert, AB are members of Team Pacific, while goaltending prospect Andy Desautels of White City, SK is a member of Team West.
Walters was selected in the first round, eighth overall, in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft. Standing 6’1 and weighing 185 pounds, he has recorded 16 penalty minutes in 11 games this season after recording 18 points (5-13-18) in 30 games with the AMHL’s St. Albert Raiders as a 15-year old in 2009-10. He also won a gold medal with Team Alberta at the 2009 Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup.
Erricson was selected in the second round, 29th overall, in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft. Standing 5’11 and weighing 172 pounds, he has a +1 rating in 11 games this season after recording 36 points (17-19-36) in 36 games with the BCMML’s Cariboo Cougars as a 15 year old in 2009-10.
Desautels was selected in the fifth round (98th overall) in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft. Standing 6’3 and weighing 190 pounds, he has a record of 7-3-1 with a 3.05 goals against average and .900 save percentage for the Regina Pat Canadians of the SMAAAHL. Desautels committed to the Everett Silvertips after signing a WHL Educational Contract in February.
It is the fourth consecutive season a Silvertips representative has appeared in the Under-17 Challenge, following appearances by Ryan Murray (West – 2010), Kent Simpson (Pacific – 2009), Kellan Tochkin (Pacific – 2008) and Paul Sohor (West – 2008). Forward Landon Ferraro and defenseman Brennan Yadlowski also appeared at the 2008 Under-17 Challenge prior to joining the Silvertips.
The Silvertips return to Comcast Arena – Everett to host the Kamloops Blazers Friday night at 7:35 pm. The month of November is rounded out with a three-game homestand, featuring games against the Seattle Thunderbirds (Friday, 11/26, 7:35 pm), Medicine Hat Tigers (Saturday, 11/27, 7:05 pm) and Kootenay Ice (Tuesday, 11/30, 7:05 pm). For more information on the schedule and for the latest Silvertips news, please visit www.everettsilvertips.com.