Team Canada set for 2019 World U-18 Championships
— Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) April 17, 2019
Team Canada has finalized the roster for the 2019 U-18 World Championships in Sweden. The roster includes a total of nine WHL representatives. Brayden Tracey (66 games played, 36 goals, 45 assists with Moose Jaw this season), Dylan Cozens (68 GP, 34 G, 58 A with Lethbridge), Connor Zary (63 GP, 24 G, 43 A with Kamloops) and Peyton Krebs (64 GP, 19 G, 49 A with Kootenay) will join the forward core while Bradon Schneider (58 GP, 8 G, 16 A with Brandon), Kaedan Korczak (68 GP, 4 G, 29 A with Kelowna) and Daemon Hunt (57 GP, 7 G, 13 A with Moose Jaw) will be on the blue-line. Notably, Hunt is one of just two 2002 born players to make this year’s roster. In goal, Taylor Gauthier (55 GP, 3.25 GAA, .899 Save Percentage with Prince George) and Nolan Maeir (53 GP, 2.64 GAA, .910 Save Percentage with Saskatoon) will represent the WHL. Canada’s schedule begins on Thursday with a game against Finland.
Other WHL notables
Rosters have been uploaded on the IIHF site for the World Under-18 Championships.
Brayden Tracey & Daemon Hunt listed on Canada, Yegor Buyalski on Belarus
Preliminary round opens Thursday
— Moose Jaw Warriors (@MJWARRIORS) April 17, 2019
Pats defenceman Nikita Sedov has made Team Russia for the 2019 Under-18 World Championship in Sweden. They start the tournament tomorrow against Slovakia. #WHL
— Phil Andrews (@Phil_Andrews_) April 17, 2019
Also of note around the WHL, Moose Jaw Warriors forward Yegor Buyalsky (66 GP, 6 G, 8 A) will represent Belarus and Regina Pats defenseman Nikita Sedov (68 GP, 0 G, 19 A) will represent Russia.
Valimaki makes playoff debut recording one assist, Ryan scores first career playoff goal
— z – Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) April 18, 2019
Flames defenseman Juuso Valimaki (159 GP, 40 G, 98 A with Tri-City) made his playoff debut on Wednesday recording an assist on fellow WHL alumni Derek Ryan’s (216 GP, 67 G, 100 A with Spokane) first career playoff goal.
Lowry parts ways with Kings
Disappointed to share Dave Lowry won’t return to the Kings’ staff as an assistant, Rob Blake just confirmed. Was great to work with.
— Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) April 17, 2019
Former Calgary Hitmen and Victoria Royals coach Dave Lowry has parted ways with the Los Angeles Kings after two seasons with the squad.
WHL alumni nominated for awards
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 17, 2019
2019 Selke Finalists: Bergeron (BOS), O’Reilly (STL) & Stone (LV)
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) April 17, 2019
The NHL has announced the nominees for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy and Frank J. Selke trophies. Boston’s Zdeno Chara (49 GP, 3 G, 19 A with Prince George), Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl (160 GP, 78 G, 138 A with Prince Albert and Kelowna) and San Jose’s Brenden Dillon (280 GP, 11 G and 83 A with Seattle) are up for the Clancy while Vegas’ Mark Stone (232 GP, 106 G, 190 A with Brandon) is up for the Selke.
Lamb commits to Bisons
— U of Manitoba Bisons (@umbisons) April 17, 2019
Goaltender Riley Lamb (88 GP with Red Deer and Swift Current) has committed to the University of Manitoba Bisons. Lamb joins defenseman Brady Pouteau (201 GP, 9 G, 39 A with Regina and Lethbridge) as WHL recruits to join the Bisons for the 2019-20 season. Both players will be taking advantage of the WHL’s scholarship program.