Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Jaden Schwartz gets another chance at gold, while Ryan Murray's going to the World Juniors for the first time.

Schwartz, who's family's originally from Kamsack, made the club last year, but suffered an ankle injury that kept him out of most of the tournament, including the loss to Russia in the gold medal game one year ago.

The 19-year-old is in his 2nd season with the Colorado College Tigers, playing with his older brother Rylan. After putting up 76 points in 46 games (34g-42a) as a 16-year-old with the SJHL's Notre Dame Hounds, Jaden led the USHL in scoring as a 17-year-old, with 83 points (33g-50a) in 60 games with the Tri-City Storm. That led to a first round, 14th overall draft selection by the St. Louis Blues, and, despite playing in just 30 of his team's 45 games, Schwartz led Colorado College in scoring as a freshman, with 47 points (17g-30a). This season, brother Rylan has a one-point edge for the team scoring lead (14g-5a-19p), while Jaden's been the set-up man with 5g-13a-18p.

Murray is the younger brother of Yorkton Terrier forward Nathan Murray.

Ryan's in his third season with the Everett Silvertips (WHL), and has spent most of this season out of the lineup with injury. The defenseman has 7 points in 11 games in his 18-year-old season. Murray's eligible for the upcoming NHL draft, and is pegged as a sure-fire first rounder, with many predicting he could go in the top five.

He had 46 points (6g-40a) in 70 games last season, and was among the last cuts to make Canada's Junior team as a 17-year-old. His 16-year-old campaign in Everett saw him play in 52 games, where he put up 27 points (5g-22a), while posting a remarkable +33 rating.

Murray and Schwartz are the only two Saskatchewan-born players to crack this year's World Junior Roster.

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