The Kingston Frontenacs will be well represented when the Subway Super Series makes a stop at the Rogers K-Rock Centre next month.
Kingston players Roland McKeown, Spencer Watson and Lawson Crouse were named to Team OHL’s roster Tuesday.
The game between Team OHL and Team Russia will be played on Nov. 17, the fourth game in the six-game Subway Super Series that begins in Western Canada in Saskatoon and Brandon, Man.
Frontenacs head Paul McFarland and assistant coach John Goodwin will work the bench with Guelph’s Scott Walker, who will be the head coach.
McFarland coached in the Super Series last year as an assistant for his then head coach D.J. Smith of the Oshawa Generals.
McFarland said playing in the Super Series is a big deal for McKeown, Crouse and Watson.
“It is a great opportunity. To play amongst some of the other talent in this league gives you confidence you belong and that you should be there,” McFarland said.
“It is a great accomplishment for these three players. Hopefully a stepping stone to making the world junior team some day.”
The 18-year-old McKeown will play in both Ontario stops — in Peterborough on Nov. 13 and then the game in Kingston.
McKeown had a taste of playing the Russians in the summer in Sherbrooke, Que., as part of the national junior camp.
“They are a tough bunch. Very speedy, very skilled. We are taking the game very seriously,” McKeown said of the Russians.
“Any time it is Canada versus Russia it’s obviously very special. It is a privilege to play in these type of games.”
McKeown said he enjoys the aspect of getting to play alongside players from other teams in the OHL.
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