16 WHL players named to Hockey Manitoba’s roster for 2019 Canada Winter Games
Led by three first-round selections from the 2018 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft, including second overall selection Carson Lambos (Winnipeg, Man. / Kootenay ICE), 16 WHL players will represent the province of Manitoba and Hockey Manitoba at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.
Goaltender Tyler Brennan (Winnipeg, Man. / Prince George Cougars) and defenceman Eric Alarie (Winnipeg, Man. / Moose Jaw Warriors) represent the other two first-round selections from the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft, going 21st and 22nd overall respectively.
Overall, 12 WHL teams are represented on the roster for Manitoba, with the ICE, Cougars, Seattle Thunderbirds, and Victoria Royals each represented by a pair of players. The Brandon Wheat Kings, Calgary Hitmen, Moose Jaw Warriors, Portland Winterhawks, Prince Albert Raiders, Regina Pats, Spokane Chiefs, and Vancouver Giants are each represented by a single player. The 16 players consist of one goaltender, five defencemen, and 10 forwards.
The 16 players on Team Manitoba bring the total number of WHL players of the four Western Canadian provinces to 74 out of 80 possible players. Of the six remaining players, two are eligible to be selected at the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft, including Strathclair, Man. product Conor Geekie.
WHL talent on the team also extends to the province’s coaching staff, led by Brandon Wheat Kings scout Garth Mitchell, who will serve as the Head Coach of the team. Dan Bonar, who played for the Wheat Kings before serving in front-office roles with the Calgary Hitmen and Giants will act as the Head Scout for the team. Brian Elder, another product of the Wheat Kings, will serve as the Goalie Consultant.
The players and staff will continue the province’s pursuit of their first gold medal in men’s hockey. At the 2015 edition of the tournament in Prince George, B.C., Manitoba claimed bronze, their third-ever time reaching the podium, earning silver in 2007 and bronze in 1991. Overall, the four provinces from Western Canada have won 20 of the 39 medals awarded in men’s hockey since the sport was introduced in 1967, including seven gold medals, seven silver, and six bronze.
Placed in a pool with Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan, Manitoba will begin its tournament Saturday, February 16 (4:00 p.m. MT) against British Columbia.
|Position||Name||Hometown||WHL Team||Draft Selection|
|Goaltender||Tyler Brennan||Winnipeg, Man.||Prince George Cougars||1 – 21|
|Defence||Aidan Brook||Roblin, Man.||Seattle Thunderbirds||4 – 76|
|Defence||Tayem Gislason||Winnipeg, Man.||Prince Albert Raiders||6 – 119|
|Defence||Carson Lambos||Winnipeg, Man.||Kootenay ICE||1 – 2|
|Defence||Rory Neill||Winnipeg, Man.||Calgary Hitmen||3 – 62|
|Defence||Hudson Thornton||Winnipeg, Man.||Prince George Cougars||2 – 33|
|Forward||Eric Alarie||Winnipeg, Man.||Moose Jaw Warriors||1 – 22|
|Forward||Roux Bazin||Treherne, Man.||Victoria Royals||8 – 170|
|Forward||Skyler Bruce||Winnipeg, Man.||Kootenay ICE||2 – 29|
|Forward||Trentyn Crane||Winkler, Man.||Victoria Royals||5 – 103|
|Forward||Cabrel LaBossiere||Lorette, Man.||Brandon Wheat Kings||3 – 59|
|Forward||Grady Lane||Virden, Man.||Spokane Chiefs||8 – 156|
|Forward||Justin Lies||Flin Flon, Man.||Vancouver Giants||3 – 56|
|Forward||Dawson Pasternak||Winnipeg, Man.||Portland Winterhawks||4 – 85|
|Forward||Conner Roulette||Winnipeg, Man.||Seattle Thunderbirds||2 – 34|
|Forward||Colby Wotton||Foxwarren, Man.||Regina Pats||7 – 136|
— Hockey Manitoba (@hockeymanitoba) December 19, 2018