According to tsn.ca, Lightning prospect and Prince George (WHL) forward Dana Tyrell was among the first cuts made by Team Canada in preparation for this month's World Junior Championships. Tyrell, who has 14 goals and 33 points in 30 games for the struggling Cougars, played for Canada this summer during the Junior Summit Series with Russia.
The last Lightning draftee to play for Team Canada in the WJCs was Brad Richards in 2000. Richards had 1 goal and 1 assist in 7 games for Canada during the tournament. He was used in a limited capacity as a power play specialist.
Tri-City Americans 3 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 2 (OT)
G Riku Helenius, SEA: OTL, 34 saves on 37 shots, *First Star*
Helenius was â€œstellarâ€ for Seattle, only allowing one even-strength goal. The overtime winner was a shot through a screen that apparently bounced in off a shin, Helenius told the Seattle Times. It was scored on the power play.
Prince George Cougars 3 @ Chilliwack Bruins 6
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: Did not play
Tyrell is recovering from a minor knee injury and may be ready for this weekend's games.
As expected, Lightning 2007 second round pick Dana Tyrell has been named to Team Canada's 2008 World Junior Championship Selection Camp roster.
Tyrell, who played for Canada in their SuperSeries vs. Russia this past summer, currently has 14 goals and 19 assists for 33 points in 29 games for Prince George of the WHL.
For the full roster, see tsn.ca
The Canadian Press is reporting that Hockey Canada will announce the roster of 35 players who will compete in camp beginning December 14th for spots on the roster for this year's Canadian U20 World Junior Championships team. Lightning prospect Dana Tyrell is likely to make the roster having played for Canada on the highly successful SuperSeries team that steamrolled through that tournament earlier this year.
Russia improved to 2-3 against the CHL by beating up on the WHL 5-1 Wednesday night. They had lost 3 in a row after being the QMJHL in Game 1, including 2 to the OHL. Tyrell skated on a line with Zach Hamill of Everett and Mark Santorelli of Chilliwack. Fadden will play again for WHL tonight against Russia in the final game of the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge Series.
Victoria Grizzlies 6 @ Langley Chiefs 3
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
No matter what his role is, Dana Tyrell's work ethic remains the same.
After playing in the shadows of Devin Setoguchi, Eric Hunter, and Jared Walker last season, Tyrell has broke out in a big way this season with the Prince George Cougars.
"Even if things aren't going for Dana offensively, his work ethic is always the strongest on the ice. He is avery humble young man who plays the same way if he's the main guy or not," said Cougars head coach Drew Schoneck.
"Last year, he wanted to be 'the man', but he had a strong supporting cast of players. This year, he has taken that extra pressure and really been a force for our team in so many ways."
For the full feature by Jason Hills of the Edmonton Sun, which includes several quotes that give evidence as to why the Lightning chose Dana with their first choice in the 2007 draft, click here: Tyrell claws his way into leading role with Prince George Cougars
Prince George Cougars 2 @ Chilliwack Bruins 4
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
The Chilliwack Bruins survived a 16-6 third period shots-on-goal onslaught to defeat Prince George and reigning WHL Player of the Week Dana Tyrell, who saw his 7 game point streak come to an end. Tyrell has at least a point in 13 of 17 games this year. WHL goal leader and LA Kings 2007 second rounder Oscar Moller scored twice for the Bruins. Moller has 20 goals on the year and an astounding 17 in his last 9 games.
Everett Silvertips 4 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 1
D Dane Crowley, EVT: 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM (roughing)
Crowley and Everett improved to 3-1 on their road trip. Crowleyâ€™s goal came on the power play when he one-timed a pass from the point. He earned a secondary assist on the gameâ€™s final goal. Crowley will face Lightning prospect Mitch Fadden and Lethbridge tonight (Wednesday).
(WHL.ca) The BOSTON PIZZA WHL Player of the Week is forward Dana Tyrell of the Prince George Cougars.
Tyrell picked up seven points in three games during the week of October 29th through to November 4th. He scored six goals, one assist and was plus one, helping the Cougars to a 3-0 record in that span.
On Monday, October 29th, the WHL Western Conference leading Vancouver Giants rolled into the CN Centre to face the Cougars. Tyrell picked up 2 power play goals to secure the Cougars 3-0 victory over the Giants. He also was named the games 2nd Star.
Vancouver Giants 0 @ Prince George Cougars 3
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 2-0-2, E, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
The Cougars are starting to pick up steam, led by Tyrell, who scored Prince Georgeâ€™s second and third goals against Vancouverâ€”both on the power play.
The WHL has announced the WHL All-Stars roster that will participate in their two games in the Canada/Russia Challenge. Lightning prospect Mitch Fadden will participate in both games for the WHL while Dana Tyrell will participate in one game for the team. According to the press release, "Team WHL was selected by a special committee of WHL General Managers along with Al Murray, Hockey Canadaâ€™s Head Scout for the Canadian National Junior Team, as part of the selection process for the 2008 World Junior Hockey Championships." The Canada/Russia Challenge is an annual tour through the three Canadian junior leagues by a team of "select" Russian under-20 players. Because Russian Superleague clubs rarely release their best young players to play in the tournament, the Canadians have enjoyed an overwhelming advantage at this event. Last year the Canadian junior leagues went 6-0 in the Challenge.