Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League, in association with the Canadian Hockey League, announced today that forwards Brad Morrison, Lane Pederson and Mason Shaw have been added to Team WHL’s roster for the 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series, which begins Monday, November 7 in Prince George, BC.
Morrison, Pederson and Shaw will replace forwards Dillon Dube (Kelowna Rockets), Brett Howden (Moose Jaw Warriors) and Nolan Patrick (Brandon Wheat Kings), who are unable to participate due to injuries.
Drafted in the fourth round, 113th overall, of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers, the 19-year-old Morrison currently leads the Prince George Cougars in scoring with 20 points (7G-13A) in 17 games. A product of Prince George, Morrison previously represented Canada as a member of Team Canada Pacific at the 2014 World U17 Hockey Challenge, tallying six points (3G-3A) in six games. In 216 career WHL regular season games, the 6-foot, 170-pound centre has registered 156 points (71G-85A).
An undrafted free agent signee of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, the 19-year-old Pederson is on pace for a career season, having notched 15 points (5G-10A) in 15 games with the Swift Current Broncos. A product of Saskatoon, Pederson previously represented Canada as a member of Team Canada Western at the 2014 World U17 Hockey Challenge, registering three assists in five games. In 152 career WHL regular season games, the 6-foot-1, 196-pound centre has 90 points (33G-57A) to his name.
Eligible for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, the 18-year-old Shaw is currently leading the WHL in scoring with 27 points (5G-22A) in 15 games with the Medicine Hat Tigers. In October, he was named to the NHL Central Scouting ‘Players to Watch’ List with a ‘C’ rating. A product of Wainwright, AB, Shaw previously represented Team Canada at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, collecting seven points (1G-6A) in seven games. In 106 career WHL regular season games, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound centre has amassed 98 points (26G-72A).
Also announced today, Edmonton Oilers prospect Tyler Benson of the Vancouver Giants will serve as an alternate captain for Team WHL. The Edmonton native has seven goals and six assists for 13 points in 12 games so far this season, and previously represented Canada winning gold at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup. Benson joins the Team WHL leadership group including captain Noah Juulsen (Everett Silvertips), and alternates Nick Merkley (Kelowna Rockets) and Parker Wotherspoon (Tri-City Americans).
Team WHL will face Team Russia in Game 1 of the 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series in Prince George, B.C., on Monday, November 7, before continuing on to Edmonton, AB, for Game 2 on Tuesday, November 8. The Ontario Hockey League will host Games 3 and 4, while the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League will welcome the festivities surrounding Games 5 and 6.
The 2016 CIBC Canada Russia series is supported by title sponsor and Official Bank of the CHL, CIBC, and CHL associate sponsors Cooper Tire, autoTRADER.ca and Sherwin-Williams. All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.
2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series Schedule:
Game 1 – Monday November 7 at Prince George, BC
Game 2 – Tuesday November 8 at Edmonton, AB
Game 3 – Thursday November 10 at North Bay, ON
Game 4 – Monday November 14 at Hamilton, ON
Game 5 – Tuesday November 15 at Chicoutimi, QC
Game 6 – Thursday November 17 at Baie-Comeau, QC
For event information including how to purchase tickets please visit www.chlcanadarussia.ca.