Hockey Canada Announces Roster for 2011 World Jr. Championship
Panthers prospects Gudbranson and Howden to represent Team Canada later this month
Wednesday, 12.15.2010 / 2:00 PM ET / World Juniors
|Forward Quinton Howden and Defenseman Erik Gudbranson
GUDBRANSON INTERVIEW (nhl.com)
TEAM CANADA VIDEO FEATURE w/ HOWDEN (nhl.com)
HOCKEY CANADA WEBSITE
Gudbranson (6-4, 211 lbs), Florida’s first pick in this past year's draft, attended training camp with the Panthers before being returned to his junior club the Kingston Frontenacs (OHL). The 18-year-old defenseman serves as Kingston’s assistant captain and has recorded 11 points (3-8-11) with 55 PIM in 21 games.
Howden, 18, (6-3, 192 lbs), the Panthers third first-round choice in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, also attended training camp with the Panthers before being returned to his junior club, the Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL). The 18-year old forward ranks fourth among WHL leaders with 22 goals and places tied for first on his junior team with 40 points (22-18-40).
Canada will begin their exhibition schedule this Monday against Sweden in Oshawa, Ontario before taking on Sweden Tuesday in Toronto. Their exhibition schedule will close next Thursday in Kitchener, Ontario against Finland. Team Canada’s first game of the 2011 World Jr. Championship will take place on Dec. 26 against Russia at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo.
The Florida Panthers will be at the World Jr. Championship in Buffalo throughout the tournament. For all the latest news and scores, fans should check in regularly at www.floridapanthers.com.
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