CALGARY, Alta. – The Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL), in conjunction with Hockey Canada, announced Friday that the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) has been selected to compile an all-star select squad that will represent Canada and compete in the 2019 Junior Club World Cup in Sochi, Russia.
A league-wide team of returning AJHL players will complete in the eight-team international tournament that runs from August 23-31, 2019.
Last year saw the Ottawa Capitals, made up of players and staff from Central Canadian Hockey League (CCHL) take part in the 2018 event, where they went on to capture the bronze medal.
Along with the CJHL selects, club teams from Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.S. will also compete in the nine-day event.
Selected to lead the AJHL squad is Camrose Kodiaks general manager and head coach Boris Rybalka along with Bonnyville Pontiacs GM & head coach Rick Swan.
Joining the team as support staff will be Canmore Eagles athletic therapist Megan Hansen and athletic therapist Josh Armstrong of the Sherwood Park Crusaders.
“Following the success of the CCHL representative team in the 2018 tournament, both on and off the ice, we are looking forward to the event this summer from both a competitive and educational perspective,” stated CJHL President Brent Ladds.
“I am sure that the AJHL will ice a very competitive team, with a very strong coaching and support group having already been selected to work with the team,” added Laads. “We are grateful to Hockey Canada, for all their support to date, with this initiative.”
The opportunity to compete at an international level once again is something the CJHL relishes.
“Canada is synonymous with hockey in the eyes of the Russian community and their hospitality and care to detail on behalf of our team, at last year’s event was greatly appreciated,” summarized the CJHL President.
Players and team staff members will travel to Moscow for a pre-tournament camp from August 16-22, prior to travelling to Socchi for the tournament. The AJHL All-Star roster will be announced in June.
With files from: Charla Flett, Vice–President, Communications (AJHL)