Saskatchewan steps into the international hockey spotlight today as the Subway Super Series takes over our province the next two days.
The series features the Canadian Hockey League in a six game series with Russia, and is used by many as a tune up for the upcoming World Junior Hockey Championships.
Four Moose Jaw Warriors will put on the team WHL Thursday night when the series comes to the Friendly City. Quinton Howden, Dylan McIlrath, Cody Beach, and Joel Edmundson will have the chance to take on the Russians in front of their hometown crowd.
This is Cody Beach's first Subway Super Series, and he says as the game's have inched closer he's gotten more and more excited.
"It's a great opportunity for myself and for all the guys involved. You always want to play in a big rivalry which is Canada versus Russia, and this is a chance to do that. As they days go by it's gotten more exciting."
The Subway Super Series is tied at two thru four games. Russia swept the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League to open the series, but the Ontario Hockey League pulled off back-to-back wins even the series at two.
If the WHL can pull of a pair of wins it would clinch the series for the CHL, and Beach says he likes that pressure being on their shoulders.
"There's no better feeling than being in control of the destiny of the Subway Super Series, and hopefully in the end were holding up a cup."
Joel Edmundson was added to the roster Tuesday morning, and after hearing the news, the second year Warrior says nothing to took the smile off of his face.
"I've never been a guy to make the top teams. I've never played Under 17's or Under 18's, so being named to team WHL is a huge honour for me."
Edmundson will play Thursday night, taking the place of Edmonton defenceman Griffin Reinhart who sustained an injury last weekend. He says it's going to be wild stepping onto the ice in the series in his home rink.
"All my friends and family will come out and watch. Everyone from Moose Jaw is excited to come to the rink and I think it'll be a great game. The people of Moose Jaw will respect it and have a lot of fun with it."
Morgan Rielly was initially announced to the roster back in October, but will miss the game due to his recent knee injury. Brandon blueliner Ryan Pulock will take his spot in Thursday's game.
The WHL portion of the Subway Super Series opens tonight in Regina and then will shift to Moose Jaw for the finale tomorrow night.