Josh Thrower will soon be off to the World U17 Hockey Challenge, but heís going to have to wait a little longer to take on his older brother in the WHL.
A few weeks ago, Thrower was named to Team Pacific at the tournament, which is scheduled Dec. 29 to Jan. 4 in Quebec.
Team Pacific is made up of the best under-17 players from B.C. and Alberta and will battle four other teams from Canada (West, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic), as well as squads from Finland, Russia, Sweden and Slovakia.
Tournament alumni includes all-stars like Henrik and Daniel Sedin, Jarome Iginla and Ilya Kovalchuk, as well as young NHL talents like Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin and Logan Couture.
Josh will also be following in the footsteps of his older brother Dalton Thrower, who suited up for Team Pacific in 2010.
Meanwhile, the Thrower family will have to wait for the two brothers to square off against each other on the ice after an upper-body injury left Dalton out of the lineup when his Saskatoon Blades travelled to Calgary to take on Josh and the Hitmen on Friday (Nov. 30).
The pair will have three more chances to face off, but all take place in 2013. Calgary will visit Saskatoon on Feb. 1 and March 5, while the Blades will again travel to the Scotiabank Saddledome on Feb. 27.
Daltonís injuries have limited him to just 13 games this season and he even missed out on a chance to hit the ice at the Pacific Coliseum when the Blades visited the Vancouver Giants on Nov. 18.
Josh Thrower and his Team Pacific teammates will kick off the hockey challenge on Dec. 29, when they take on Team Russia in Drummondville, Que.
For more information on the challenge, visit www.hockeycanada.ca/wu17.