CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada announced Wednesday the 66 players selected to represent Canada at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, set for Nov. 2-9 in Medicine Hat, Alta., and Swift Current, Sask.
56 players from across the Canadian Hockey League are included in the announcement and will be divided into three teams – Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red and Team Canada White – and will compete against the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the United States in their quest for a gold medal.
The group includes 15 players from the Western Hockey League, 24 from the Ontario Hockey League, and 17 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Tyler Brennan (Prince George Cougars)
Benjamin Gaudreau (Sarnia Sting)
Jacob Goobie (Charlottetown Islanders)
Nolan Allan (Prince Albert Raiders)
Nolan Bentham (Victoria Royals)
Olivier Boutin (Gatineau Olympiques)
Brandt Clarke (Barrie Colts)
Ethan Del Mastro (Mississauga Steelheads)
Isaac Enright (Niagara IceDogs)
Tyson Hinds (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Jacob Holmes (Soo Greyhounds)
Carson Lambos (Winnipeg ICE)
Jeremy Langlois (Cape Breton Eagles)
Kyle Masters (Red Deer Rebels)
Oscar Plandowski (Charlottetown Islanders)
Connor Punnett (Saginaw Spirit)
Graham Sward (Spokane Chiefs)
Cameron Whynot (Halifax Mooseheads)
Olen Zellweger (Everett Silvertips)
Liam Arnsby (North Bay Battalion)
Jon-Randall Avon (Peterborough Petes)
Jack Beck (Ottawa 67’s)
Zachary Bolduc (Rimouski Oceanic)
Ethan Burroughs (Owen Sound Attack)
Zach Dean (Gatineau Olympiques)
Nathan Gaucher (Quebec Remparts)
Jayden Grubbe (Red Deer Rebels)
Dylan Guenther (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Brett Harrison (Oshawa Generals)
Wyatt Johnston (Windsor Spitfires)
Riley Kidney (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Braeden Kressler (Flint Firebirds)
Zachary L’Heureux (Moncton Wildcats)
Kaleb Lawrence (Owen Sound Attack)
Connor Lockhart (Erie Otters)
James Malatesta (Quebec Remparts)
Landon McCallum (Sudbury Wolves)
Max McCue (London Knights)
Mason McTavish (Peterborough Petes)
Israel Mianscum (Sherbrooke Phoenix)
Olivier Nadeau (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds)
Maxime Pellerin (Victoriaville Tigres)
Francesco Pinelli (Kitchener Rangers)
Justin Robidas (Val-d’Or Foreurs)
Conner Roulette (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Joshua Roy (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Matthew Savoie (Winnipeg ICE)
Cole Sillinger (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Logan Stankoven (Kamloops Blazers)
Chase Stillman (Sudbury Wolves)
Sean Tschigerl (Calgary Hitmen)
Kai Uchacz (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Ryan Winterton (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs)
Danny Zhilkin (Guelph Storm)
In July, 112 players were invited to participate in Canada’s national under-17 development camp and introduced to the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence. The players chosen to represent Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge were selected by Brad McEwen, head scout for Hockey Canada, with assistance from U17 Program of Excellence management group lead Martin Mondou (Shawinigan Cataractes), as well as regional scouts Rob Simpson (Ontario), Jason Smart (West), Darren Sutherland (Atlantic), Shaun Sutter (West) and Darrell Woodley (Ontario).
“After a successful development camp with the top young players in the country, there were many difficult decisions made to select the 66 players that will compete at this year’s World Under-17 Hockey Challenge,” said McEwen. “We feel this group exemplifies the values of the Program of Excellence and will represent Canada with pride as we compete for a gold medal this November.”
The tournament opens with all three Canadian teams in action Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. MT; Team Canada Red takes on Russia at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex in Swift Current and Team Canada Black faces off against Team Canada White at the Canalta Centre in Medicine Hat.
Prior to the start of play, the teams will take to the ice for pre-tournament games Thursday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. MT. Team Canada Black will match up against Finland at the Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre in Shaunavon, Sask., Team Canada White will face off against Russia at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex in Swift Current and Team Canada Red will meet the United States at the Canalta Centre in Medicine Hat.
After a successful ticket launch, event organizers have announced that single-game tickets will be available for purchase starting at $10 for youth and $15 for adults on Oct. 16, and can be purchased online at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets.
Medicine Hat and Swift Current will receive the net proceeds from all ticket sales as a legacy of the event to support grassroots hockey within their communities. Additionally, recent editions of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge have resulted in as much as $6 million in economic impact within the host communities.
For more information on the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter.