The WHL announced the rosters for the rebranded 2017 WHL Cup Wednesday morning, and the Cougars are represented by three prospects.
Forward Tyson Phare will play on Team BC, and forwards Stanley Cooley and Boston Maxwell will play on Team Saskatchewan.
Phare was the Cougars’ first round pick, 18th overall, in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft. Cooley was selected in the third round, 62nd overall, and Maxwell was picked in the 4th round, 84th overall. Previously known as the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, the tournament features the highest-rated players in the under-16 age category from the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Of the 80 players scheduled to compete at the event, 72 were selected in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft. FULL TEAM ROSTERS
The tournament will take place from Wednesday, October 18 through Sunday, October 22 in Calgary.
About the WHL Cup
The majority of players participating in the event will have been selected in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft or have since been listed by WHL Clubs. The WHL Cup, formerly known as the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, has been sponsored since 2009 by the WHL and has been made possible through financial support provided by the WHL, Hockey Manitoba, BC Hockey, Hockey Alberta, Saskatchewan Hockey Association and Hockey Canada.
This year will mark the seventh year of the event. The first ever WHL Cup was held in Blackfalds, Alta., in 2009 and featured four of the top eight players selected in the 2012 NHL Draft. In 2010, the WHL Cup was not contested due to the Canada Winter Games. In 2011, the Moose Jaw Warriors and Saskatchewan Hockey Association hosted the event at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw, Sask. In 2012, the tournament was hosted in Calgary at Father David Bauer Arena, the home of the WHL. In 2013, the tournament was again hosted in Calgary at Father David Bauer Arena. In 2014, the WHL Cup was not contested due to the Canada Winter Games. Since 2015, the WHL Cup has been hosted in Calgary at the Markin MacPhail Centre.
Team Alberta is a five-time champion of the WHL Cup, hoisting the trophy in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016, while Team British Columbia won the event in 2012.
(Player, WHL Club – NHL Draft/Current NHL Club – Branch Team)
Matt Dumba, Red Deer Rebels – Minnesota Wild – Team Alberta
Derek Pouliot, Portland Winterhawks – Vancouver Canucks – Team Saskatchewan
Griffin Reinhart, Edmonton Oil Kings – Vegas Golden Knights – Team BC
Morgan Reilly, Moose Jaw Warriors – Toronto Maple Leafs – Team BC
Jake Virtanen, Calgary Hitmen – Vancouver Canucks – Team BC
Jayce Hawryluk, Brandon Wheat Kings – Florida Panthers – Team Manitoba
Connor Bleackley, Red Deer Rebels – St. Louis Blues – Team Alberta
Brayden Point, Moose Jaw Warriors – Tampa Bay Lightning – Team Alberta
Ryan Gropp, Seattle Thunderbirds – New York Rangers – Team BC
Haydn Fleury, Red Deer Rebels – Carolina Hurricanes – Team Saskatchewan
Mathew Barzal, Seattle Thunderbirds – New York Islanders – Team BC
Nick Merkley, Kelowna Rockets – Arizona Coyotes – Team Alberta
Jansen Harkins, Prince George Cougars – Winnipeg Jets – Team BC
Brendan Guhle, Prince Albert Raiders – Buffalo Sabres – Team Alberta
Ethan Bear, Seattle Thunderbirds – Edmonton Oilers – Team Saskatchewan
Tyler Benson, Vancouver Giants – Edmonton Oilers – Team Alberta
Brett Howden, Moose Jaw Warriors – Tampa Bay Lightning – Team Manitoba
Sam Steel, Regina Pats – Anaheim Ducks – Team Alberta
Kale Clague, Brandon Wheat Kings – Los Angeles Kings – Team Alberta
Nolan Patrick, Brandon Wheat Kings – Philadelphia Flyers – Team Manitoba
2015 WHL Cup All-Star Team
G – Matthew Thiessen, Tri-City Americans – Altona, MB – Team Manitoba
D – Ty Smith, Spokane Chiefs – 2018 NHL Top Prospect – Team Alberta
D – Jett Woo, Moose Jaw Warriors – 2018 NHL Top Prospect – Team Manitoba
F – Carson Focht, Tri-City Americans – 2018 NHL Top Prospect – Team Saskatchewan
F – Eric Florchuk, Victoria Royals – Ft. Saskatchewan, AB – Team Alberta
F – Eli Zummack, Spokane Chiefs – 2018 NHL Top Prospect – Team BC
2016 WHL Cup All-Star Team
G – Byron Fancy (Team Alberta) – Claresholm, AB – Red Deer Rebels
D – Kaeden Korczak (Team Saskatchewan) – Yorkton, SK – Kelowna Rockets
D – Braden Schneider (Team Saskatchewan) – Prince Albert, SK – Brandon Wheat Kings
F – Logan Barlage (Team Saskatchewan) – Humboldt, SK – Swift Current Broncos
F – Peyton Krebs (Team Alberta) – Okotoks, AB – Kootenay ICE
F – Joshua Williams (Team British Columbia) – Langley, BC – Medicine Hat Tigers