A number of former WHL players will don the famous maple leaf jersey for pre-Olympic tournament action as Team Canada gears up for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
In total, 12 WHL Alumni will suit up for Canada, next month, as the men’s national team participates in two tournaments in Russia.
The Sochi Open takes place from Aug. 5-9th in Sochi, Russia, and will feature Team Canada, the Russian Olympic team and a number of KHL teams including Kunlun Red Star Bejing, SKA St. Petersburg, HC Sochi and Metallurg Magnitogorsk.
The 2017 Tournament of Nikolai Puchkov takes place in St. Petersburg later in the month.
Canada will ice a different roster at each of the two tournaments.
Former WHL players representing Canada at the Sochi Open include Gilbert Brulé (Vancouver Giants), Bud Halloway (Seattle Thunderbirds), Rob Klinkhammer (Lethbridge Hurricanes, Seattle Thunderbirds, Portland Winterhawks, Brandon Wheat Kings), Brandon Kozun (Calgary Hitmen), Ben Maxwell (Kootenay ICE), Brandon McMillan (Kelowna Rockets) and Linden Vey (Medicine Hat Tigers).
WHL Alumni participating in the Tournament of Nikolai Puchkov include Greg Scott (Seattle Thunderbirds), James Wright (Vancouver Giants), Cam Barker (Medicine Hat Tigers), Stefan Elliott (Saskatoon Blades) and Craig Schira (Regina Pats, Vancouver Giants).