Chilliwack Chiefs selected for World Junior A Challenge

Chilliwack Chiefs selected for World Junior A Challenge

Harrison Blaisdell and Corey Andonovski will skate for Team Canada West in a six-team tournament.

Chilliwack Chiefs Harrison Blaisdell and Corey Andonovski will play for Team Canada West at the upcoming World Junior A Challenge.

The Canada West and East rosters were announced Tuesday for the tournament which runs Dec. 10-16 in Truro, NS.

The BCHL is supplying 15 skaters, the bulk of the 22-man Canada West contingent.

Blaisdell and Andonovski, both forwards, will be joined up front by Angus Crookshank (Langley), Ethan de Jong (Prince George), Brendan Budy (Langley), Rylan Van Unen (Merritt), Brett Stapley (Vernon), Carter Turnbull (Powell River), Ross Armour (Trail) and Kyle Johnson (Prince George).

The only non-BCHLers in the forward ranks are Chrystopher Collin (Flin Flon, SJHL), Dylan Holloway (Okotoks, AJHL) and Riese Gaber (Steinbach, MJHL).

The defensive corps includes Seth Barton (Trail), Jonny Tychonick (Penticton) and Ryan O’Connell (Penticton).

Both Team Canada West goaltenders are BCHLers, Victoria’s Zach Rose and Powell River’s Mitch Adamyk.

This year’s World Junior A Challenge pits the two homegrown entries against the United States, the Czech Republic, Russia and Switzerland.

Canada West opens against the Czech Republic on Dec. 10.

Nine of the 11 gold-medal games at the World Junior A Challenge have featured at least one Canadian team. Team Canada West has won four times — in 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2015. The team won silver medals in 2008, 2009, and 2012, and bronze in 2013.

See hockeycanada.ca for more info.