N.A. Juniors Game Night: 12/16

WHL
Swift Current Broncos 1 @ Vancouver Giants 8
C James Wright, VAN: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 13-16-29, +20, 14 PIM

Wright’s 13th goal of the season matched his career-high, set last year in 60 games.

Around the WHL: Spokane, playing without Dustin Tokarski while he is preparing for the WJCs with Team Canada, dropped a 3-2 decision to Medicine Hat.

Team Canada notes: Understandably, Tokarski didn't get much sleep Sunday night awaiting Canada's final decision on who would make the team (Ottawa Citizen):

“I think I slept maybe two hours at most,” defenseman Tyler Myers says. “A bunch of us ordered pizza and watched TSN really late, then my roommate and I (goalie Dustin Tokarski, who also made the team) stayed up until 4:30, just waiting and wondering. We woke up again around seven, and just hoped we’d get the knock on the door instead of the phone call. At about 7:45, we got the knock. It was (captain) Thomas Hickey. He had our suitcases. It was an amazing feeling. It’s just a dream to be part of this team.”

Canada, who's players received military training yesterday as part of a team-building exercise (Tokarski pictured), opens exhibition play Friday vs. tournament co-favorite Sweden and possible Bolt (if the season in Tampa continues this way), Victor Hedman. It hasn't been announced yet whether Tokarski or Chet Pickard will get the start, though there have been several articles talking about the battle for No.1 between the two WHL U.S. Division rivals. Tokarski will wear No.30 for Canada, while fellow Lightning prospect Dana Tyrell will wear No.16. Tyrell normally favors No.19, but that has been claimed by returning center John Tavares (the likely No.1 pick in the 2009 draft, which makes him an obvious possibility for Tampa Bay).