Winterhawks prospects F Seth Jarvis, D Ryan Helliwell, G Dante Giannuzzi and F Tyson Kozak have been chosen to participate in the 2017 WHL Cup.
The WHL Cup, formerly known as the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, features the highest-rated players in the under-16 age category from the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
All Winterhawks’ prospects playing in this year’s WHL Cup were selected by Portland in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft.
Forward Seth Jarvis, who is from Winnipeg, MB, was selected 11thoverall in the first round. Last season, Jarvis played for the Rink Hockey Academy Bantam Prep team. In 54 games played, he had 76 goals and 44 assists for 118 points. Jarvis will play the upcoming season for the Rink Hockey Academy Midget Prep team. The Hawks recently announced that they had signed Jarvis.
Defenseman Ryan Helliwell, from Burnaby, BC, was selected 55th overall in the third round. Helliwell spent last season with the Burnaby Winter Club Bantam A1-T1. In 66 games, he had 23 goals and 74 points. In 5 games with the Burnaby Winter Club Prep this season, Helliwell has two points in five games.
Goaltender Dante Giannuzzi, from Winnipeg, MB, was selected 99th overall in the fifth round. Giannuzzi spent last year with the Rink Hockey Academy Bantam Prep team. In 16 games played with the club, he had a 2.37 GAA. This season he will be playing with the Rink Hockey Academy Elite 15’s.
Forward Tyson Kozak, from Souris, MB, was selected 121st overall in the sixth round. Kozak spent last season with the Southwest Cougars Bantam AAA. He totaled 28 goals and 57 points in 36 games. He will spend the upcoming season at the midget level.
The tournament will be a four-team round-robin format and is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence for players. The tournament begins Wednesday, October 18, at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, Alta. And concludes Sunday, October 22nd.
For more information on the WHL Cup and the rosters click here.