Spokane goaltender, other WHL players named to Team Canada
SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Chiefs goaltender Dustin Tokarski is one of 22 players named to Canada's junior national team for the World Junior Championships.
The WHL, of which Spokane is a part, boasts 12 of the 22 players named to the top junior Canadian team that starts playing in the championships later this month in Ottowa.
Tokarski, from Watson, SK, ranks second in the WHL in goals against average.
The Western Hockey League apparently boasts some of the best goaltenders around, if not some of the best players period. It's the fourth time in the last five years that both goaltenders have been from the WHL. The other goaltender taken was Chet Pickard, from the Tri-City Americans.
Over the past 10 years, 37 WHL players have helped Team Canada capture four consecutive Gold Medals.
Defenseman Jared Spurgeon attended the selection camp but did not make the final roster.