Ryan Johansen Named to Canada’s World Jr. Team

Portland Winterhawks center Ryan Johansen has been named to Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y. The tournament will take place from December 26, 2010 through January 5, 2011.

Hockey Canada’s senior director of hockey operations and national teams, Scott Salmond, head scout Kevin Prendergast, head coach Dave Cameron (Mississauga, OHL) and the coaching staff named the final roster at the conclusion of a four-day selection camp.

Canada’s National Junior Team will play in three pre-competition games prior to the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship, then open the tournament December 26 in Buffalo versus Russia. Canada has medaled at twelve straight IIHF World Junior Championships, including gold medal performances in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, silver medals in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2010 and bronze medals in 2000 and 2001.

“Representing Canada at the World Junior Championship is a remarkable achievement, and we couldn’t be prouder of Ryan,” said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Mike Johnston. “It’s an opportunity for him to represent his country against the best players in the world in his age group, and will be a tremendous experience for him.”

Johansen was selected fourth overall in the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets. In 31 games this season he has 17 goals and 19 assists for 36 points. As a rookie last season he posted 25 goals and 44 assists for 69 points, then added 18 points in 13 playoff games.

He is one of nine WHL players to be named to Canada’s team, and one of three from the U.S. Division, joining Spokane’s Jared Cowen and Tri-Cities’ Carter Ashton.

Full season, 18, 10 and 5-game ticket plans for the 2010-11 season are on sale now. Group rates start at just 10 people and every ticket includes a free Winterhawks hat. Contact the Winterhawks at 503-236-HAWK or to secure the best seats. 

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