Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), announced Tuesday the 96 skaters who have been invited to attend Canada’s national under-17 development camp, July 29 to August 4 in Calgary. Sixteen of the players selected are recent graduates of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association.
Below are the names of those selected and their respective OMHA Minor Midget AAA team.
Stephen Dhillon – Buffalo Regals
Olivier Lafreniere – York Simcoe Express
Jake Lawr – Halton Hurricanes
Dylan Wells – Niagara North Stars
Sam Dunn – Central Ontario Wolves
Tyler Nother – Halton Hurricanes
Jake O’Donnell – Clarington
Matthew Timms – Hamilton
Jonathan Ang – Markham Waxers
Connor Bunnaman – Guelph Jr. Gryphons
Nicholas Caamano - Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs
Jonah Gadjovich – Whitby Wildcats
Matthew Hotchkiss – Whitby Wildcats
Cameron Morrison – York Simcoe Express
Brandon Saigeon – Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs
The development camp will serve as part of Canada’s new under-17 structure, focusing on player development. Scouts will continue to watch these players, along with other 1998-born players across the country, and 66 will be selected to represent Canada at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, which is scheduled for Oct. 31 to Nov. 8 in a yet-to-be-determined location. The tournament will be the first to feature three Canadian national teams (Black, Red and White). From 1986 to 2014, Canada was represented by five regional teams: Atlantic, Ontario, Pacific, Quebec and West.
The 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will bring together the top players in the world born in 1998 or later. The under-17 program is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence. Many players who compete at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge go on to represent Canada with the National Men’s Under-18 Team, National Junior Team and National Men’s Team.