24 WHL players selected to represent Canada at World U-17 Hockey Challenge

Calgary, AB – Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League announced today the list of 66 players selected to represent Canada at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Sault Ste. Marie, ON, from Oct. 27 through Nov. 5. Of the 66 players, 24 currently play for or have been drafted by one of the WHL’s 22 Member Clubs.

The process, which began with 111 players who took part in a seven-day development camp in late July, will be finalized next week when the 66-player roster is divided to make up the three Canadian teams – Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red, and Team Canada White – who will face the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the United States in their quest for gold.

The player selections were made by Ryan Jankowski, Hockey Canada’s director of player personnel, with assistance from Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence management group lead for under-17, Dale DeGray, and regional scouts Carl Bouchard (Quebec), Barclay Branch (Ontario), Wade Klippenstein (West), Kevin Mitchell (Atlantic), and Darrel Woodley (Ontario).

“These are the 66 best players in the country who are, by-and-large, making their first appearance in international competition as part of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence. They have been selected not only based on their current ability, but also on their potential to represent Canada at under-18 and junior competition in the comings years,” said Shawn Bullock, senior manager of hockey operations and men’s national teams for Hockey Canada. “This is a skilled group of high-performers with long-term international potential, and we look forward to working with them at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and in the future.”

Canada WHL Players – 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Born Hometown WHL Team
Carl Stankowski G 5’9” 160 03/09/00 Calgary, Alta. Seattle
Calen Addison D 5’9” 173 04/11/00 Brandon, Man. Lethbridge
Dawson Barteaux D 6’0” 170 01/12/00 Foxwarren, Man. Regina
Sean Comrie D 5’11” 167 01/30/00 Edmonton, Alta. Brandon
Ty Smith D 5’10” 166 03/24/00 Lloydminster, Alta. Spokane
Jonathan Tychonick D 5’11” 168 03/03/00 Calgary, Alta. Saskatoon
Jett Woo D 6’0” 194 07/27/00 Winnipeg, Man. Moose Jaw
Luke Zazula D 5’7” 164 05/18/00 Langley, B.C. Kamloops
Elijah Brown F 5’9” 159 01/05/00 Edmonton, Alta. Seattle
Luka Burzan F 6’0” 180 01/07/00 Surrey, B.C. Moose Jaw
Caiden Daley F 6’0” 157 02/05/00 Winnipeg, Man. Brandon
Eric Florchuk F 6’0” 162 01/10/00 Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. Victoria
Carson Focht F 6’0” 170 02/04/00 Regina, Sask. Tri-City
Nolan Foote F 6’2” 174 11/29/00 Kelowna, B.C. Kelowna
Brett Kemp F 5’11” 159 03/23/00 Yorkton, Sask. Everett
Jackson Leppard F 6’1” 195 01/18/00 North Vancouver, B.C. Prince George
Koby Morrisseau F 6’2” 190 10/18/00 Grandview, Man. Spokane
Tristen Nielsen F 5’9” 182 02/23/00 Fort St. John, B.C. Calgary
Tyler Popowich F 6’3” 199 04/29/00 Surrey, B.C. Vancouver
Jackson Shepard F 5’7” 156 02/28/00 North Vancouver, B.C. Kamloops
Riley Stotts F 5’11” 164 01/05/00 Winnipeg, Man. Swift Current
Josh Tarzwell F 6’0” 197 02/08/00 Red Deer, Alta. Lethbridge
Chase Wouters F 5’11” 173 02/08/00 Lloydminster, Alta. Saskatoon
Eli Zummack F 5’9” 166 03/22/00 Kelowna, B.C. Spokane



Action gets underway Oct. 27 in Sault Ste. Marie

The Essar Centre and John Rhodes Community Centre will play host to the eight teams who will gut it out during six days of competition in the hopes of securing gold for their country. Team Canada Black, Team Canada White, the Czech Republic and United States will play in Group A, while Team Canada Red, Finland, Russia and Sweden will comprise Group B.

Official tournament action gets underway on Sunday, Oct. 30, when Team Canada Red takes on Finland at 12 p.m. ET, followed by Team Canada Black facing 2015 champions, Team Canada White, at 4 p.m. ET. The gold-medal game will be played at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Essar Centre.

A full-tournament ticket package, which includes tickets to all 17 tournament games at the Essar Centre, is available for purchase online. Tickets to the five tournament games at the John Rhodes Community Centre, as well as all four exhibition games on Oct. 27, will be available at the door.

Since the first World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (then known as the Quebec Esso Cup) in 1986, more than 1,600 NHL draft picks have played in the tournament, including 13 of the last 16 first-overall selections (Ilya Kovalchuk, 2001; Rick Nash, 2002; Marc-André Fleury, 2003; Alexander Ovechkin, 2004; Erik Johnson, 2006; Patrick Kane, 2007; John Tavares, 2009; Taylor Hall, 2010; Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 2011; Nathan MacKinnon, 2013; Aaron Ekblad, 2014; Connor McDavid, 2015; Auston Matthews, 2016).

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