Dubnyk and Cogliano named to Team Canada
Edmonton Oilers draft choices Devan Dubnyk and Andrew Cogliano have been named to Canada's 2006 National Junior Team. The Oilers prospects are two of the 22 players that will represent Canada at the 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship tournament beginning on December 26th at Vancouver, Kamloops and Kelowna, British Columbia.
Dubnyk, the Oilers first choice, 14th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, is one of two goaltenders named to the roster and is making his debut with Team Canada. The 6'5", 194-pound native of Regina, Saskatchewan has played 29 games for the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League this season and has a 15-14-0 record with a 2.39 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage.
One of four collegians named to the roster, Cogliano, the Oilers' first selection in 2005, is also making his debut with the Canadian national junior team. In 17 games with the University of Michigan Wolverines, the 5'9", 178-pound centre from Woodbridge, Ontario has scored at more than a point-per-game pace with eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points in his freshman season.
Dubnyk and Cogliano and their Team Canada teammates open the quest for gold when they open the tournament against Finland on Monday, December 26th at 5:00 p.m. (MST) at the PNE Coliseum in Vancouver.