John Quenneville will be joined by a couple of his teammates today when Canada opens the world under-18 men’s hockey championship in Finland.
Hockey Canada announced on Wednesday that Wheat Kings forward Jayce Hawryluk and defenceman Ryan Pilon have been added for the championship. Canada’s roster also includes Calgary Hitmen defenceman Travis Sanheim of Elkhorn. Hawryluk and Pilon both played for the Canadian U18 team that won gold in the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament last summer.
The Canadians face Sweden in their first tournament game today after going 1-1 in a pair of exhibition contests.
Hawryluk led the Wheat Kings in scoring this season with 64 points, including 24 goals, in 59 games, then added five goals and seven assists in eight playoff contests. Pilon had seven goals and 36 points in 66 regular-season games before picking up one goal and four points in nine post-season games. Pilon had 25 goals and 58 points in 61 games during the regular season, then paced the team with five goals and 13 points in the playoffs.
Sanheim had five goals and 29 points in 67 games as a rookie, earning a goal and two points in Calgary’s six-game first-round playoff loss to the Kootenay Ice.
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