The Saskatchewan Hockey Association and Hockey Manitoba have announced their roster for the 2013 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge, among them is Moose Jaw Warrior rookies Miles Warkentine and Josh Uhrich.
“This is a great opportunity for Josh and Miles to showcase their skills at the international level,” said Warriors General Manager Alan Millar. “Both have worked hard this season and we’re extremely proud of this accomplishment. We wish them and Team West well at this year’s tournament.”
Warkentine was drafted 16th overall in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft, in seven games this season he’s recorded one assist. Last year with the Prince Albert Mintos of the SMAAAHL he had 21 goals and 48 points in 41 games.
Uhrich was the Warriors first pick in the second round of the 2011 Draft, 33rd overall. In 17 games this season he has yet to record a point but has racked up 23 penalty minutes. He spent last year with the Saskatoon Contacts, in 52 games he had 20 points and helped them capture a bronze medal at the Telus Cup.
Warriors Assistant General Manager and Head Scout Rob Maclachlan will also be attending the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge; he is currently serving as the Head Scout for Team West.
The World Under 17 Hockey Challenge will take place from December 29, 2012 to January 4, 2013 in Victoriaville and Drummondville, Quebec. It’s a 27 game tournament and features the best players in the world in the 1996 age group, 18 players who took part in this tournament in the past were selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft that includes Moose Jaw Warriors Morgan Rielly (5th overall, Toronto Maple Leafs).
Team West’s last medal at the Under 17’s was a bronze in 2008; in total they’ve captured three medals the other two were gold’s in 1998 and 2005.