SPOKANE -- Spokane Chiefs defenseman Jared Cowen has been named to Team Canada’s roster that will compete in the 2010 World Junior Hockey Championships that begin on December 26th in Saskatoon and Regina, Saskatchewan.
Cowen is one of 22 players, including seven defensemen, on the roster. In total, there are eight players from the Western Hockey League that will represent Canada. The Canadians have medaled at 11 straight IIHF World Junior tournaments including winning the gold in the last five outings.
Cowen was the Ottawa Senators first round selection, ninth overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. The 6’5” defenseman has scored five goals and 17 points in 27 games this season and has posted a team high +16.
Cowen is an Allan, Saskatchewan native, a 45 minute drive from where the gold medal game will be played in Saskatoon.
Cowen is the second Chief in as many years to be named to Team Canada’s roster. Last year, Chiefs goaltender Dustin Tokarski was in net when Team Canada won the gold medal in Ottawa.