Hockey Canada announced today, the 66 Canadian players chosen to represent Canada at the World U17 Championship – and Mississauga Steelheads goal tender Jacob Ingham is included in the ranks.
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 following is a list of all of the OHL players chosen:
Jacob Ingham – Mississauga Steelheads
Kevin Bahl – Ottawa 67’s
Carter Robertson – Ottawa 67’s
Peter Stratis – Ottawa 67’s
Dennis Busby – Flint Firebirds
Declan Chisholm – Peterborough Pete’s
Connor Corcoran – Windsor Spitfires
Owen Lalonde – Sudbury Wolves
Justin MacPherson – Niagara Ice Dogs
Ryan Merkley – Guelph Storm
Giovanni Vallati – Kitchener Rangers
Riley Damiani – Kitchener Rangers
Eric Guest – Kitchener Rangers
Ty Dellandrea – Flint Firebirds
Aidan Dudas – Owen Sound Attack
Nathan Dunkley – Kingston Frontenacs
Liam Foudy – London Knights
Billy Moskal – London Knights
Barrett Hayton – Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Adam McMaster – North Bay Battalion
Allan McShane – Erie Otters
Serron Noel – Oshawa Generals
Connor Roberts – Hamilton Bulldogs
Akil Thomas – Niagara Ice Dogs
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. The event is hosted by Hockey Canada in collaboration with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) and the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF).
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).
For more information on the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along via social media on Facebook or Twitter.