It’s that time of year again as preparations for the 2018 World Junior Championship near the final stages. The CIBC Canada Russia series is the last main event leading up to selection camp for each national team in December. Each league in the CHL creates essentially an all-star team of Canadians to play two games against a select team from Russia. It’s a final audition to get on the short list for the upcoming selection camps.
The WHL announced that Ty Lewis has been selected to play for Team WHL when they kick off the Series on November 6th in Moose Jaw, Sask. The second game will be the following night on November 7th in Swift Current, Sask. This is a huge recognition to Lewis and the blazing hot start he’s had to begin the season in that he’s the only undrafted player on the WHL roster and he’s never been on one of the Hockey Canada teams before.
— Brandon Wheat Kings (@bdnwheatkings) October 17, 2017
On the OHL side, Conor Timmins was selected as well. This was expected as Timmins had attended the World Junior Summer Showcase in August and could be an invite to the selection camp if he has a strong showing and next couple of months. This is the first Hockey Canada event for him other than the aforementioned showcase as well. Timmins will play on Thursday, November 9th in Owen Sound, ON and on Monday, November 13th in Sudbury, ON.
— xyz Soo Greyhounds (@OHLHoundPower) October 18, 2017
The Russian team hasn’t been announced yet but it is anticipated that Igor Shyvryov could be named to that roster and would set up a very interesting Avs prospects showdown if it does occur. Stay tuned for an update on that and viewing options when the series gets closer.