Orr leads Canucks headed for Premier 12

Baseball Canada announces roster for inaugural Premier12

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada announced the names of 25 players that will represent Canada at the first-ever WBSC Premier12 that will take place Nov. 8-21 in Taiwan and Japan. The event brings together the top 12 ranked nations in the baseball world according to the WBSC ranking system. Canada is currently ranked No. 7 in the world.

Canada’s roster features 17 players that won a gold medal in July at the Pan American Games in Toronto including Andrew Albers, Phillippe Aumont, Kellin Deglan, Tyson Gillies, Shawn Hill, Sean Jamieson, Brock Kjeldgaard, Jordan Lennerton, Chris Leroux, Kyle Lotzkar, Jared Mortensen, Tyler O’Neill, Pete Orr, Jasvir Rakkar, Scott Richmond, Skyler Stromsmoe and Rene Tosoni.

Taylor Green and Dustin Molleken who each represented Canada at the 2013 World Baseball Classic were also named to the Premier12 roster, while Scott Diamond who wore the red and white at the 2009 WBC was named to the squad.

Five Junior National Team alumni will make their Senior National Team debuts at Premier12 in Justin Atkinson, Ethan Elias, Dustin Houle, Gareth Morgan and Ethan Stewart.

After guiding Canada to a gold medal at the Pan Am Games, Ernie Whitt will manage the Senior National Team for the 13th time at Premier12. Also returning to the coaching staff from the Pan Am Games are Larry Walker, Denis Boucher, Paul Quantrill and Greg Hamilton. Former Major Leaguer and 2004 Olympian, Rob Ducey returns to the coaching staff after a stint as coach in 2008 at the Olympic Qualifier and the Beijing Olympic Games.

Canada will compete in Group A at Premier12 along with Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Italy, Netherlands and Puerto Rico, and open the event on Nov. 10 against Cuba at Intercontinental Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan. Canada’s preliminary round games and potential quarter final game will take place in Taichung, while semi-final and medal games will be played at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan.

Group B consists of the Dominican Republic, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, USA and Venezuela.

From Oct. 31-Nov. 3, Canada will hold a brief training camp in Phoenix, Az. at the spring home of the Milwaukee Brewers where they will play Team USA in a three-game exhibition series. 

After arriving in Taiwan on Nov. 5, Canada will play tune-up games against Mexico (Nov. 6) and Venezuela (Nov. 7) before the opener against Cuba.

Team Canada Roster
Team Canada Schedule
Tournament Website

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Adam Morissette

Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston -- Canada's first capital. Morissette has always have been passionate about baseball and has fond memories of attending Montreal Expos games with his father, Mike, and listening to his recollection of watching baseball in Montreal at Jarry Park and stories about Gary Carter, Rusty Staub and Steve Rodgers. Morissette could often be found in a near empty Lynx Stadium watching Joe Siddall, Bert Heffernan, Curtis Pride and Jamie Carroll soaking in a beautiful summer night at the ballpark. He was a member of the provincial championship Orleans Red Sox Little League teams also played with the Ottawa White Sox for the late Lyle Anderson and Todd Burke in OBA Midget and American Legion play and the Capital City Crushers (NCBL), primarily as a catcher. Has also spent time coaching Little League in Orleans and South Ottawa. He wanted to turn his passion into a career and enrolled in Sport Business Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2007. After working for the Ottawa 67's OHL team as the Ticket Coordinator, Morissette jumped at the opportunity to become the Media and Public Relations Coordinator with Baseball Canada in 2010. He loves watching and reading about pro, college or amateur baseball and is a long-time subscriber to Baseball America. Morissette is thrilled about the idea of writing about baseball and is interested in covering any story that his car -- and time -- will allow him to cover.