Former Pats forward Cole Sanford named to roster for 2019 U SPORTS Men’s Hockey All-Star Series

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Nine Western Hockey League Alumni will compete against Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2019 U SPORTS Men’s Hockey All-Star Series.

This will mark the fifth straight year the U SPORTS All-Stars have faced off against Canada’s National Junior Team Prospects, who are vying for roster spots at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship being held in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic from Dec. 26, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020.

“This is an excellent opportunity for U SPORTS to show our continued support for Hockey Canada in helping them best prepare the Canadian World Junior Team for the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic,” said U SPORTS Chiefs Sport Officer Lisette Johnson-Stapley, Chief Sport Officer of U SPORTS. “We are honoured to be invited annually to the Sport Chek Selection Camp, while simultaneously showcasing some of the best talent Canadian university hockey has to offer.”

This year’s all-star roster features six former WHL forwards, a pair of former WHL defencemen, as well as WHL Alumni Todd Johnson, who’ll serve as an assistant coach behind the bench.

WHL Alumni on 2019 U SPORTS Men’s Hockey All-Star Series Roster

Position Name Hometown Last WHL team U SPORTS School
F Trevor Cox Surrey, B.C. Vancouver Giants University of Alberta
F Ryley Lindgren East St. Paul, Man. Swift Current Broncos Mount Royal University
F Grayson Pawlenchuk Edmonton, Alta. Red Deer Rebels University of Alberta
F Steven Owre Edmonton, Alta. Medicine Hat Tigers University of Alberta
F Cole Sanford Vernon, B.C. Regina Pats University of Alberta
F Collin Shirley Saskatoon, Sask. Kamloops Blazers University of Saskatchewan
D Clayton Kirichenko Sherwood Park, Alta. Medicine Hat Tigers University of Alberta
D Ryan Rehill Edmonton, Alta. Kamloops Blazers University of Alberta
Assistant Coach Todd Johnson Regina, Sask. Kootenay ICE University of Regina

As previously announced, this year’s event will feature a two-game series at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, with games scheduled for Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT and Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT. Tickets are available at, starting at $15 plus fees.

Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team has faced various U SPORTS competition on a regular basis since 1988. Since a U SPORTS national all-star team began participating in December 2015, U SPORTS holds a 5-3-1 record.

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