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29 Nov 2015
Four Winterhawks to play in Subway Series
Four Winterhawks -- the most of any team in the Western Hockey League -- will play for the WHL in the Subway Super Series.
Forwards Taylor Leier, Brendan Leipsic and Nic Petan and defenseman Derrick Pouliot from Portland have been named to the squad.
Games are Nov. 27 at Red Deer and Nov. 28 at Lethbridge against the Russian national junior team.
"It's great for those guys," Winterhawks coach/general manager Mike Johnston says.
And the good news for the Hawks is that none of those players will miss a WHL game.
"They'll play Wednesday and Thursday, and fly into Spokane on Friday, which is where we play (the Chiefs) that night," Johnston says.
Johnston says he and the rest of the team will keep an eye on how Leier, Leipsic, Petan and Pouliot do in the series.
"We'll watch the games on TV, for sure," Johnston says. "All of our guys will probably watch."
Leier was a fourth-round pick of the NHL Philadelphia Flyers in 2012.
Leipsic was a third-round pick of the Nashville Predators in the same draft.
Petan went to the Winnipeg Jets in the second round this year.
Pouliot was a first-rounder, No. 8 overall, in 2012, selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
This season with the Hawks, Leier has 22 points in 18 games, Leipsic 18 points in 13 games, Petan 37 points in 18 games and Pouliot a D-man high 15 points in 14 games.