Brandon, MB. — When the World U18 Championships open up in Finland on Thursday, Team Canada will have three Wheat Kings on the roster.
Four days after naming John Quenneville to the team, Hockey Canada has confirmed that forward Jayce Hawryluk and defenceman Ryan Pilon have been added.
A 5’10” 190 lb. Roblin native, who led the Wheat Kings in scoring with 24 goals and 64 points in 59 games this past season, has been given clearance to play after missing the final game of Brandon’s second round playoff series against Edmonton with an upper body injury.
Acquired from the Lethbridge Hurricanes in November, Pilon has just completed his second season in the Western Hockey League. In 66 games this past season, the 6’2″ 212 lb Duck Lake, Saskatchewan product had seven goals and 35 points.
Both Hawryluk and Pilon were members of the Canadian team that won the Gold Medal at the prestigious Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic last sunmmer.
Joining the three Wheat Kings on the national team roster are Carlyle, Saskatchewan’s Hadyn Fleuy (Red Deer Rebels) and Travis Sanheim of Elkhorn (Calgary Hitmen).
While Quenneville is currently skating with the team, Hawryluk and Pilon will join Team Canada later today.
The Canadians are the defending champion at the world championship, having won its third gold medal last year in Sochi, Russia.
Canada will open the tournament on Thursday against Sweden.