Pysyk selected for Team WHL
Edmonton, AB – The Edmonton Oil Kings are proud to congratulate team Captain Mark Pysyk on his selection for Team WHL in the 2011 SUBWAY® Super Series. This will be Pysyk’s third Team WHL selection after participating in the 2009 & 2010 series. The 2011 SUBWAY® Super Series will take place November 7 – 17 and 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. This season, Canada will be competing for their 14th straight medal at the 2012 tournament hosted by Calgary and Edmonton.
Pysyk attended the Team Canada Development Camp this August – it was the second time Pysyk has been invited to try out for the National U20 Squad and is still looking to solidify a spot on Team Canada this Christmas. The second year Oil Kings Captain played his 200th WHL career game last night in Edmonton and tallied a first star performance with 3 assists to help the Oil Kings to a 4-1 win over Everett. Pysyk, an Edmonton area local remains the face of the modern era franchise – He was the first WHL Bantam draft pick (3rd overall in 2007) and in 2010 became the modern franchise’s first ever NHL 1st round draft pick (selected 23rd overall by the Buffalo Sabres). This last season he was awarded the Greg Tomalty MVP honour for the second straight season and the Oil Kings Top D-man honor for the third straight season.
Team WHL also features three first round draft picks from the 2011 NHL Draft, Duncan Siemens (SAS), Mark McNeill (PA) and Joe Morrow (POR). Moose Jaw Warriors forward Quinton Howden is the sole returning player from Team Canada’s 2011 silver medal team at the World Junior Championships and like Pysyk was selected in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft.
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. Pysyk will be in the lineup for the November 17th game in Moose Jaw. The first two games of the series will be hosted by the QMJHL with the OHL hosting games three and four.
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.
Game tickets for Wednesday, November 16 in Regina are available at the Brandt Centre Box Office, located in the East entrance, or Ticketmaster by calling 543.7800 Toll-free: 1.800.970.7328 or Log onto www.ticketmaster.ca. Game tickets for Thursday, November 17 in Moose Jaw are available at the Mosaic Place Box Office – (306) 624-2050 or http://tickets.mjwarriors.ca/
The 2011 SUBWAY® Super Series is supported by CHL associate sponsors, Bank of Montreal and CCM.
All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet with the two QMJHL games shown on TVA.
For more information about the event and tickets please visit www.subwaysuperseries.com
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