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BRAMPTON, Ont. – Barclay Goodrow of the Brampton Battalion has been named to play for the Ontario Hockey League team in the first game of a two-game set in the Canada-Russia Super Series, it was announced Tuesday.
Goodrow, who has played both right and left wing in his four seasons with the Battalion, was one of 34 players selected to the rosters for the games, to be played at Guelph on Nov. 8 and at Sarnia on Nov. 12.
“Obviously, it’s a great honour,” said Goodrow. “I get to play with all of the top players in the league, which is good, and some players I used to play minor hockey against and with. It’s definitely an honour to be named to a team like that.”
Each of the Canadian Hockey League’s three member leagues hosts two games, with the CHL rosters made up of players eligible to play for Canada in the 2013 World Junior Championship at Ufa, Russia, from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5.
A resident of Aurora, Ont., Battalion captain Goodrow has scored six goals and earned three assists for nine points in 13 games.
Sam Carrick, the Troops’ captain last season and now with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL, played in the series a year ago, helping Team Ontario extend its all-time record to 18 wins in as many games against the Russians.
“Sam has played in it the last two years,” noted Goodrow. “He definitely told me a lot about it. Maybe I’ll get the chance to talk to him soon so he can tell me what to expect. If I play my game, things should go well.”
Stan Butler, Battalion director of hockey operations and head coach, worked with Mark Hunter, general manager of the London Knights, and Kevin Prendergast, head scout for Hockey Canada, in selecting the OHL rosters.
“On behalf of the Battalion coaching staff, I want to congratulate Barclay on this opportunity in the Subway Super Series,” said Butler. “This is a great opportunity for him to showcase his skills in front of the Hockey Canada brass.”
Steve Spott of the Kitchener Rangers is head coach of the OHL team, with Scott Walker of the Guelph Storm assisting for the first game and Jacques Beaulieu of the Sarnia Sting assisting for the second. Spott is to serve as head coach of the 2013 Canadian national junior team.
“Team OHL has had a great record against the Russians in the series,” said Goodrow. “I think we’ll have a good team this year, so hopefully we can keep it going.”
The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is to host the first two Canada-Russia games at Boisbriand, Que., on Nov. 5 and Val d’Or, Que., on Nov. 7. The Western Hockey League hosts two games in British Columbia, at Vancouver and Victoria on Nov. 14 and 15 respectively.
All games are to be telecast nationally on Rogers Sportsnet.