Chiefs Prospect Graham Sward Named to Team BC for Canada Winter Games

WHL Network
Larry Brunt

On Wednesday, BC Hockey announced Team British Columbia’s roster for the upcoming 2019 Canada Winter Games, including Spokane Chiefs prospect Graham Sward.

The Chiefs selected Sward, an Abbotsford, B.C. native, with their first-round pick (17th overall) in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft. Through five games with Spokane during the 2018 preseason, the 15-year-old defenseman posted one assist and was tied for third on the team in +/- at +6. Following the Chiefs’ preseason, Sward joined the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds of the BCMML where he has accumulated six points (two goals, four assists) in 15 games played.

Sward will be one of 18 WHL players on the Team British Columbia as they look to capture their second Canada Winter Games gold medal in three tournaments. The WHL will be represented by two goaltenders, five defensemen, and 11 forwards on the province’s roster at the games, which will be held in Red Deer, Alta. from February 15 to March 3, 2019, though the men’s hockey tournament takes place from Saturday, February 16 to Friday, February 22.

British Columbia opens the tournament Saturday, February 16 (4 p.m. MT) against Manitoba, followed by games against Saskatchewan and Alberta.

The province’s history in men’s hockey at the Canada Winter Games includes two medals of each color, with their last medal a golden performance at the 2011 edition of the tournament in Halifax, N.S.

Position Name Hometown Team Draft Selection
G Keegan Maddocks Langley, BC Victoria Royals 8 – 165
G Thomas Milic Coquitlam, BC Seattle Thunderbirds 3 – 51
D Nolan Bentham Victoria, BC Victoria Royals 1 – 13
D Elias Carmichael Langley, BC Kelowna Rockets 2 – 40
D Tyson Galloway Kamloops, BC Calgary Hitmen 2 – 25
D Ty Gibson Victoria, BC Everett Silvertips 3 – 64
D Graham Sward Abbotsford, BC Spokane Chiefs 1 – 17
F Michael Abgrall Richmond, BC Edmonton Oil Kings 4 – 67
F Caedan Bankier Surrey, BC Kamloops Blazers 3 – 49
F Jake Chiasson Abbotsford, BC Brandon Wheat Kings 1 – 15
F Cage Newans Qualicum Beach, BC Victoria Royals 7 – 147
F Carson Latimer Surrey, BC Edmonton Oil Kings 3 – 48
F Trevor Wong Vancouver, BC Kelowna Rockets 1 – 18
F Steel Quiring Vernon, BC Kelowna Rockets 5 – 89
F Matthew Seminoff Coquitlam, BC Kamloops Blazers 5 -93
F Logan Stankoven Kamloops, BC Kamloops Blazers 1 – 5
F Kobe Verbicky Victoria, BC Edmonton Oil Kings 2 – 23
F Finlay Williams North Vancouver, BC Swift Current Broncos 3 -54
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