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Greg Chase is Ready to Play Russia Again

By Ian Esplen on November 25, 2013
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Calgary Hitmen centre Greg Chase considers his father Kyle Chase the biggest influence in his hockey career. “He coached me up until midget and he was always pushing me and working with me after practices,” Chase said. 

Many Canadian kids dream of the opportunity to lace up their skates and play Russia just once. For Greg Chase of the Calgary Hitmen, he is looking forward to living that dream for a second time.  

Chase first played the Russians when he was part of Team Pacific during the 2012 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge. His team would come out with a 4-3 victory – something he is hoping to duplicate as part of Team WHL. 

Chase knows that his team will have to stay on their toes to win again this year. “It was definitely fast,” he said of last year’s game, “they [the Russians] are a skilled team that can score on you at any minute.”

Chase received the big news from his GM Mike Moore while he was cooling down after a game against the Edmonton Oil Kings

“It was pretty special. I never really thought I’d be a part of that team with all the skill and talent we have in the WHL. It came as a bit of a shock, but it was also great to get that recognition for the hard work I’ve put into my game in the last year.”

And while he is unsure what kind of a role he will play for Team WHL, Chase is focused on continuing to play the same skilled game, with the aggressive, hard working edge that he brings to the Calgary Hitmen.

Chase credits his strong WHL season start to having a really good first pro camp with the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers selected the Sherwood Park, Alta. native with the 188th pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. 

You can watch Greg Chase and the rest of Team WHL in action against the Russians on Nov. 27 and 28. 

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By Ian Esplen| November 25, 2013
Categories:  Major Junior

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