Codey Burki and second year center Andrew Clark named to CHL challenge
Calgary, Alberta -- The Canadian Hockey League has announced the roster of players for Team WHL who will compete in the 2006 ADT Canada Russia Challenge next month in B.C. and the Eastern Division leading Brandon Wheat Kings will be well represented.
Among the eighteen forwards named were Colorado Avalanche second round draft choice Codey Burki and second year center Andrew Clark. Nine defencemen were chosen inlcuding 19-year old Dustin Kohn. Sharing the netminding will be Leland Irving of the Everett Silvertips and Tri-Cities' Carey Price, who beat out Brandon's Tyler Plante.
A 19-year old native of Winnipeg, Burki is currently fifth in league scoring with eleven goals and 20 points in fourteen games. In 207 career WHL games, Brandon's former first round bantam draft choice has 49 goals and 116 points entering Friday night's game against the Bruins in Chilliwack.
A second round draft choice of the National Hockey League's New York Islanders, Kohn has two goals and 15 points in fourteen games this season and is third in scoring among WHL blueliners. In 204 career games, the former Calgary Hitmen has 96 points including seventeen goals.
Clark meanwhile is a former Manitoba Junior Hockey League Rookie All Star with the Neepawa Natives and is off to a terrific start this season. An 18-year old Brandon product, Clark is tied for eighth in WHL scoring this season with seven goals and 19 points and enters weekend play having scored at least a point in six of his last seven games.
Clark and Burki are two of five Manitobans to be selected. Joining them will be Brandon product Ryan White and St. Lazare's Brodie Dupont of the Calgary Hitmen as well as Medicine Hat's Darren Helm of St. Andrews.
The WHL All Stars, coached by Medicine Hat's Will Desjardins, Don Hay of Vancouver and Curtis Hunt of the Regina Pats.
The six game series, that begins with games between Russia and both the QMJHL and Ontario Hockey League all stars, will conclude with games on November 29th in Chilliwack and November 30th in Kamloops. All six games will be televised on Rogers Sportsnet.
Following is a list of the remaining players on the WHL All Star roster:
Zack Boychuk, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Nick Drazenovic, Prince George Cougars
Colton Gillies, Saskatoon Blades
Zach Hamill, Everett Silvertips
Adam Hobson, Spokane Chiefs
Riley Holzapfel, Moose Jaw Warriors
Spencer Machacek, Vancouver Giants
Ben Maxwell, Kootenay Ice
Kenndal McArdle, Moose Jaw Warriors
Ryan Russell, Kootenay Ice
Devin Setoguchi, Prince George Cougars
Brandon Sutter, Red Deer Rebels
J.D. Watt, Vancouver Giants
Karl Alzner, Calgary Hitmen
Keaton Ellerby, Kamloops Blazers
Taylor Ellington, Everett Silvertips
Cody Franson, Vancouver Giants
Scott Jackson, Seattle Thunderbirds
Brendan Mikkelson, Vancouver Giants
Kris Russell, Medicine Hat Tigers
Ty Wishart, Prince George Cougars
Clark, Kohn and Burki and the Wheat Kings will continue their 6-game west coast road trip Friday night in Chilliwack against the Bruins. Friday's game will be the first of three in three nights for the Wheats, who play in Kelowna on Saturday and Kamloops on Sunday night against Dean Clark's Blazers.