By Scott Billeck
On Friday in Winnipeg, stars such as Jermaine Loewen, Nolan Patrick and Brett Howden were named to Hockey Manitoba’s final roster for the 2013 Under-16 Team Manitoba. The U-16 Team Manitoba contingent will compete at the Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup in Calgary from Oct. 31 – Nov. 3.
The 20-man roster has some big names on it including two top-five WHL draft picks in Brandon’s Patrick, Moose Jaw’s Howden and Kamloops Blazers’ prospect Loewen.
1 Brett Evans – Parkland Rangers (MMHL)
35 Ryan Kubic – Winnipeg Thrashers (MMHL)
2 Connor Bowey – Winnipeg Monarchs (WPG M-AAA)
3 Brady Pouteau – Pembina Valley Hawks (MMHL)
4 Dean Stewart – Central Plains Capitals (MMHL)
5 Liam Schioler – Shattuck St. Mary’s (U-16)
11 Darby Gula – Eastman Selects (MMHL)
14 Eric Lavoie -Winnipeg Sharks (WPG M-AAA)
6 Dylan Thiessen – Winnipeg Wild (MMHL)
7 Kevin Jakisch – Winnipeg Monarchs (WPG M-AAA)
8 Connor Barley – Winnipeg Thrashers (MMHL)
9 Vince Loschiavo – Winnipeg Thrashers (MMHL)
10 Tanner Kaspick – Brandon Wheat Kings (MMHL)
12 Linden McCorrister – Peguis Interlake Lightning (MMHL)
13 Jermaine Loewen – Interlake Lightning (MMHL)
15 Nathan Halvorsen – Winnipeg Wild (MMHL)
16 Ty Lewis – Brandon Wheat Kings (MMHL)
17 Dawson Martin – Winnipeg Wild (MMHL)
18 Brett Howden – Eastman Selects (MMHL)
19 Nolan Patrick -Winnipeg Thrashers (MMHL)
U-16 Team Manitoba looks to rebound off a poor performance at the 2012 Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup where the team finished 0-4-0 placing fourth out of four teams. Previous to 2012, Team Manitoba came home with silver medals in 2009 and 2011 losing to Team Alberta on both occasions in the gold medal final. Leading U-16 Team Manitoba on the bench is head coach will be Doug Sinclair, currently coaching as an assistant with the Winnipeg Thrashers (MMHL), joined by assistant coaches Wayne Bartley, Rob Smith and Dennis McNish.
Captaining Team Manitoba will be Nolan Patrick, who was taken fourth overall in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. Assistant captains will be Brett Howden and Tanner Kaspick.
“They are good leaders,” said Team Manitoba head coach Doug Sinclair. “Nolan is not a very verbal leader, he is more of an on-ice leader. I know when the chips are down in a game — having seen him play — he brings it on the ice in all of these big games, so we are kind of looking for a lead by example.
“Brett Howden is a very verbal leader, he is great on the bench. Out assistants are two guys who played Midget last year and maybe have a little more maturity and experience. As a group we are happy with out captains.”
(with files from Hockey Manitoba)