FILE — Coldstream’s Cole Sanford will play for CIS all-star team against Canadian junior hockey prospects.

FILE — Coldstream’s Cole Sanford will play for CIS all-star team against Canadian junior hockey prospects.

Coldstream product returns to World Junior Prospects challenge

Coldstream native Cole Sanford is on the roster as one of seven returning players.

Coldstream native Cole Sanford is on the roster as one of seven returning players highlighting the U SPORTS Men’s Hockey All-Stars roster set to face Hockey Canada’s World Junior Prospects in Victoria from Dec. 12-14.

This will mark the fourth-straight year Canada’s National Junior Team Prospects have faced off against the U SPORTS All-Stars, all of whom have CHL major junior experience. Since a U SPORTS national all-star team began participating in December 2015, the teams have split the last six contests. Last December, reigning Defenceman of the Year Jason Fram of the Alberta Golden Bears scored with 6.5 seconds remaining to secure back-to-back victories for U SPORTS for the first time.

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New this year, the event will feature a three-game series against Team Canada’s World Junior Prospects vying for roster spots at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship being held in Vancouver and Victoria from Dec. 26, 2018 to Jan. 5, 2019. Games are scheduled at The Q Centre, home of the British Columbia Hockey League’s (BCHL) Victoria Grizzlies.

Mark Howell, head coach of the Calgary Dinos, was named as the team’s bench boss in October, joined by returning assistant and Ottawa Gee-Gees head coach Patrick Grandmaître, along with UNB Reds head coach Gardiner MacDougall, and Regina Cougars head coach Todd Johnson.

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