NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) announced on Sunday that
defenceman Ryan Ellis (Freelton, Ont./Windsor, OHL) was named captain with Canada’s National Junior Team at
the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, NY (USA) from through .
Ellis will be taking part in his third World Junior Championship, having won gold in 2009 and silver in
2010. He is only the seventh player in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence history to represent
Canada at three IIHF World Junior Championships, joining Jay Bouwmeester (2000-02), Jason Spezza (2000-02),
Jason Botterill (1995-97), Martin Lapointe (1991-93), Eric Lindros (1990-92) and Trevor Kidd (1990-92).
The native of Freelton, Ont. is also the co-leading top scoring defenceman of all-time with Canada’s National
Junior Team, with 14 points (tied with Alex Pietrangelo).
Ellis is the 31st captain all-time with Canada’s National Junior Team, since 1982 and the start of the
Program of Excellence (Note - two captains in 1998) and the 11th captain from Ontario and 10th from the
Ellis serves as captain of the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires, and won Memorial Cups with Windsor in 2010 and in
Hockey Canada’s senior director of hockey operations and national teams Scott Salmond, along with head
coach Dave Cameron (Kincora, PEI/ Mississauga St. Michael’s, OHL) and the coaching staff also announced the
alternate captains: Jared Cowen (Allan, Sask./ Spokane, WHL), Calvin de Haan (Carp, Ont./Oshawa, OHL) and
Brayden Schenn (Saskatoon, Sask./Brandon, WHL).
Canada’s National Junior Team will continue to be based in Niagara Falls, Ont. through ,
before moving to Buffalo. All of Canada’s on-ice sessions at Niagara Falls’ Gale Centre are open to the
public free of charge. The full on-ice schedule is posted at www.HockeyCanada.ca
Canada’s National Junior Team will play in three pre-competition games in southern Ontario prior to the
2011 IIHF World Junior Championship, December 26 to January 5 in Buffalo, N.Y., including games against
Switzerland (December 20 in Oshawa), against Sweden (December 21 in Toronto) and against Finland (December 23
in Kitchener). While the games in Oshawa and Kitchener are sold out, there are still tickets available
for the game in Toronto on December 21.
Canada will play its first game of the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship on Boxing Day, December 26 in
Buffalo versus Russia, a game that will be broadcast LIVE by TSN/RDS and on The FAN Radio Network (check
Canada has medaled at twelve straight IIHF World Junior Championships, including gold medal performances
in 2005, 2006, 2007, 20, silver medals in 1999, 2002, 2003, 20 and bronze medals in