Reid Gow of Killarney, Landon Peel of Virden, Brayden Cuthbert of Brandon and Sutton Olson of Deloraine will play for Team West at the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Winnipeg and Portage. Brandon Wheat Kings defenceman Ryan Pulock of Grandview was also selected. Gow has two goals and four assists in 16 games this season with the Spokane Chiefs. Peel has three goals and one assist in eight games with the Swan Valley Stampeders. Cuthbert has one assist in 19 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors. Olson has 12 goals and nine assists in 18 games with the Southwest Cougars while Pulock has one goal and five assist in 18 games with the Wheat Kings.




CJRB Sports Director Clayton Dreger asked Cougars forward Sutton Olson how it felt to named to Team West.



There are 11 players from Manitoba and 11 from Saskatchewan playing for Team West. The Manitobans include goaltender Chris Driedger of Winnipeg. The defencemen are Gow, Peel, Pulock and Justin Hamonic of Winnipeg. The forwards include Olson, Cuthbert, Brendan Harms of Steinbach, Daniel Asham of Headingley, Brendan Leipsic of Winnipeg and Brett Stovin of Stony Mountain. Garth Mitchell of Elkhorn is the head coach



Co-chair Craig Heisinger talked about the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge which will take place from December 29th-January 4th at MTS IcePlex and MTS Centre in Winnipeg and at the PCU Centre in Portage.



Brett Stovin, Sutton Olson, Brendan Harms & Justin Hamonic

Team West has won two gold medals at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. The first was in 1998 in Swift Current and the second was in 2005 in Lethbridge. Manitoba last hosted the event in 2002 when it took place in Selkirk and Stonewall.