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Pickard chosen for Subway Super Series

The 2010 Subway Super Series will take place Nov. 8-18 and marks the eighth straight year that teams of CHL All-Stars have competed against Team Russia in preparation for the World Junior Hockey Championships.

Pickard will be one of two goalies on Team WHL as they face Team Russia in Games 5 and 6 of the series. Game 5 is Wednesday, November 17, in Kamloops, British Columbia. Game 6 is Thursday, November 18, in Prince George, British Columbia. The first two games of the series are hosted by the QMJHL with the OHL hosting Games 3 and 4.

Team WHL was selected by a special committee of WHL General Managers along with Kevin Prendergast, Hockey Canada's head scout for the Canadian National Junior Team, as part of the selection process for the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championships.

The complete Team WHL roster consists of 32 players - two goalies, 10 defensemen and 20 forwards. Top NHL prospects for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Red Deer) and Ty Rattie (Portland) will compete in the series along with 2012 NHL Draft top prospect Ryan Murray (Everett). Team WHL also features four first round draft picks from the 2010 NHL Draft, Ryan Johansen (Portland), Brett Connolly (Prince George), Mark Pysyk (Edmonton) and Quinton Howden (Moose Jaw). Defenseman Jared Cowen (Spokane) is the sole returning player from Team Canada's 2010 silver medal team and was selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

For more information about the event and tickets please visit

T-Birds single game tickets for the 2010-11 season are available online at the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday game days at 10 a.m. and Sunday game days at noon.

T-Birds Group tickets are currently on sale. Group tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.

Team WHL Roster - Kamloops, BC - November 17, 2010

Goaltenders (2)

Calvin Pickard, Seattle

Kent Simpson, Everett

Defense (6)

*Matt MacKenzie, Calgary

*Mark Pysyk, Edmonton

Ryan Murray, Everett

Austin Madaisky, Kamloops

Stefan Elliott, Saskatoon

Jared Cowen, Spokane

Forwards (12)

Chase Schaber, Kamloops

*Linden Vey, Medicine Hat

*Quinton Howden, Moose Jaw

Brandon Herrod, Prince Albert

Byron Froese, Red Deer

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Red Deer

Carter Ashton, Regina

Jordan Weal, Regina

Curtis Hamilton, Saskatoon

Darian Dziurzynski, Saskatoon

Brendan Shinnimin, Tri-City

*Brendan Gallagher, Vancouver

Team WHL Roster - Prince George, BC - Nov. 18, 2010

Goaltenders (2)

Calvin Pickard, Seattle

Kent Simpson, Everett

Defense (6)

*Matt MacKenzie, Calgary

*Mark Pysyk, Edmonton

Tyson Barrie, Kelowna

Brayden McNabb, Kootenay

Brett Ponich, Portland

Neil Manning, Vancouver

Forwards (11)

Scott Glennie, Brandon

Jimmy Bubnick, Calgary

Ryan Howse, Chilliwack

*Linden Vey, Medicine Hat

*Quinton Howden, Moose Jaw

Ryan Johansen, Portland

Brad Ross, Portland

Ty Rattie, Portland

Brett Connolly, Prince George

Cody Eakin, Swift Current

*Brendan Gallagher, Vancouver

*Players competing in both games

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