Portland Winterhawks players Joe Morrow, Ty Rattie and Brad Ross will represent Team WHL against Team Russia in the 2011 SUBWAY® Super Series on November 16 in Regina, Saskatchewan.
It marks the ninth straight year that teams of CHL All-Stars have competed against Team Russia in preparation for the World Junior Hockey Championships. The SUBWAY® Super Series is an integral part of the evaluation process prior to Team Canada’s final selection camp in December.
Morrow was a first round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins, 23rd overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft. He has 11 points in 10 games this season. Rattie was a second round pick of the St. Louis Blues, 32nd overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft. He leads Portland with 21 points in 14 games this season. Ross was a second round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs, 43rd overall, in the 2010 NHL Draft. Ross has 20 points in 15 games this season.
“Playing in the Subway Super Series is great opportunity for Joe, Ty and Brad,” said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Mike Johnston. “They will have a chance to represent the WHL against the Russian Selects which is a great international experience while also trying to impress the Canadian World Junior staff. I expect all three to be strong candidates for this year’s World Junior tournament in Alberta.”
Team WHL will face Team Russia in games five and six of the series played Wednesday, November 16 in Regina, SK, and on Thursday, November 17 in Moose Jaw, SK. The first two games of the series are hosted by the QMJHL with the OHL hosting games three and four. The Winterhawks players will only play in the Nov. 16 game.
Team WHL was selected by a special committee of WHL General Managers along with Kevin Prendergast, Hockey Canada’s Head Scout for the Canadian National Junior Team, as part of the selection process for the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championships.
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