Swift Current Broncos sniper Cody Eakin will have an excellent opportunity to impress some of Canada’s World Junior Team’s staff next month.
Eakin, 19, has been tabbed to represent the Western Hockey League at the 2010 Subway Series to play in one of Team WHL’s two games against Team Russia.
Team WHL will play the final two games in the six-game series that will also see the Russians face teams from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey League prior to visiting Western Canada.
Team WHL will take on the Russians in game five on Wednesday November 17 in Kamloops and in game six on Thursday November 18 in Prince George. In total, Team WHL will feature two goaltenders, 10 defenseman, and 20 forwards over the two games. Eakin will play in game six in Prince George. The Broncos will play one night later in Red Deer against the Rebels.
Eakin, a draft pick of the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals, has seven goals and five assists in 10 games for the Broncos this season after a 47-goal campaign last season. The Winnipeg native is currently tied for second in the WHL with five powerplay goals.
Fourth-year Kelowna Rockets head coach Ryan Huska has been named head coach of Team WHL. Huska will also be an assistant coach on the Canadian World Junior Team under Dave Cameron of the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors.
Huska will be assisted in the Subway Series by Calgary Hitmen head coach Mike Williamson in both games and by Guy Charron of the Kamloops Blazers in game five and by Dean Clark of the Prince George Cougars in game six.
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.