Local hockey product Zach Whitecloud was named to the 24-man lineup for the upcoming World Hockey Championship in Finland. This past season he registered a career high 19 points (8g,11a) for the Vegas Golden Knights. The 6-2, 209 lb defensemen signed with Vegas in March of 2018, after finishing his collegiate career. He made his NHL debut later that year (April 5, 2018) against the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers. Zach skated with the Brandon AAA U18 Wheat Kings in the 2013-14 season, and followed that up by playing two seasons with the MJHL’s Virden Oil Capitals.
Former Brandon Wheat King goaltender Logan Thompson was also named to the team. Thompson started 19 games in net for the Vegas Golden Knights this past season. The 25-year netminder had an impressive .914 save % in his stint with the Knights and picked up 1 shutout along the way.
Also named to the team were Strathclair’s Morgan Geekie and Travis Sanheim of Elkhorn.
Canada opens the 2022 IIHF World Championship against Germany on May 13.