KENT, December 15, 2016 – Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Russ Farwell this morning announced Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, has selected center Mathew Barzal as one of 22 players who will play for Team Canada at the 2017 World Junior Championship.
The 2017 World Junior Championship is December 26, 2016, to January 5, 2017, in Toronto and Montreal.
Barzal played for Canada at the 2016 World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland, and had a goal and two assists in five games.
Barzal has 19 points on two goals and 17 assists in 13 games this season since returning from the New York Islanders. Barzal was selected by the Islanders in the first round, 16th overall, of the 2015 NHL Draft. He appeared in two games with the Islanders this season.
The 22-player Team Canada roster was announced Friday morning. There are seven players from the WHL on the Team Canada roster.
Last season Barzal had 27 goals and 61 assists for 88 points in 58 games. In four seasons with the T-Birds Barzal has played 174 games and has 55 goals and 163 assists for 218 points. Barzal is in third place on the T-Birds all-time career assists behind only Glen Goodall (290) and Victor Gervais (237).
The T-Birds have back-to-back home games this weekend. They play the Prince George Cougars on Friday at ShoWare Center at 7:35pm. They host the Tri-City Americans at 7:05pm on Sunday at ShoWare Center.
T-Birds single game tickets for the 2016-17 season are currently on sale. Fans can purchase single game tickets online or at the ShoWare Center box office.
T-Birds season tickets are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825