Monday, October 25, 2010

Future Nanooks Defensemen Nolan Kaiser Selected to WJAC Canada West

The roster for the World Junior A Championships from Western Canada will feature Nanooks recruit Nolan Kaiser. The defense side of the roster is clearly dominated by the Camrose Kodiaks, featuring Nolan and 3 other teammates. He will be joined by UAA recruit Sam Mellor, so hopefully the rivalry doesn't start early. 7 AJHL members (5 from Camrose alone) were selected, compared to 8 BCHL players, 3 from the MJHL, and 1 from the SJHL.

There are 21 players on the roster total, 11 of them will play NCAA hockey, 3 of them are NHL draft picks from 2010, and most of them will still be eligible for the 2011 NHL draft (Kaiser included).

The Canada West team starts with a pair of games versus Canada East and the U.S. on November 5th and 6th before beginning group play on November 8th versus Switzerland, and on November 10th versus Russia. The semi-finals are on the 12th, and the gold medal game will be on the 14th.

Congratulations are in order to Nolan Kaiser, and the rest of those selected to the WJAC West Roster.

For those interested, those on the roster that I could find that have committed to an NCAA Division 1 program are (last name only):

Kaiser (Alaska)
Jardine (Ohio State)
Gallacher (Ohio State)
Lalleggia (Denver)
Lidgett (Colgate)
Dias (Cornell)
Downing (UNH)
Walchuk (Northern Michigan)
Mellor (UAA)
O'Donnell (North Dakota)
MacMillan (North Dakota)

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