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Seattle Thunderbirds goalie Calvin Pickard has been chosen to compete for Team WHL against Team Russia Nov. 16-17 in Canada. - CHARLES CORTES, Kent Reporter
Seattle Thunderbirds goalie Calvin Pickard has been chosen to compete for Team WHL against Team Russia Nov. 16-17 in Canada.
— image credit: CHARLES CORTES, Kent Reporter

Seattle Thunderbirds goalie Calvin Pickard has been picked to play for Team Western Hockey League against Team Russia in the 2011 Subway Super Series Nov. 16-17 in Saskatchewan, Canada.

This marks the ninth straight year that teams of Canadian Hockey League All-Stars have competed against Team Russia in preparation for the World Junior Hockey Championships.

The series is part of the player evaluation process prior to Team Canada’s final selection camp in December.

Team WHL will face Team Russia Nov. 16 in Regina and Nov. 17 in Moose Jaw.

The players for Team WHL were selected by a special committee of WHL general managers along with Kevin Prendergast, Hockey Canada’s head scout for the Canadian National Junior Team, as part of the selection process for the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championships.

Pickard, who is from Winnipeg, Manitoba, was one of two goalies picked for the team. The other goalie is Tyler Bunz of the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Pickard is not expected to miss any T-Birds games because of his selection. Seattle is off Nov. 16-17 but has games on Nov. 18-19.

"He should be back for both of those games," said T-Birds spokesman Ian Henry in an email. "He might not play in both our games but he should be in uniform for them."

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