Thursday February 11, 2016
LILLEHAMMER, Norway – Team Canada named defenceman Ty Smith (Lloydminster, Alta./Spokane Chiefs) captain for the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games, with forward Benoît-Olivier Groulx (Gatineau, Que./2016 QMJHL Draft prospect) and defenceman Jett Woo (Winnipeg, Man./Moose Jaw Warriors) serving as alternate captains.
Canada’s roster features 12 draft eligible OHL and QMJHL prospects along with five players selected in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.
The 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games run Feb. 12-21, in Lillehammer, Norway.
“We feel that so far, Ty Smith, Benoît-Olivier Groulx, and Jett Woo have exemplified the type of role models we want for our team to have the identity that we’re looking for as we look towards playing our Canadian Way,” said head coach Martin Raymond of the selection. “We feel that these three young men will continue to provide strong examples to our young players as we move forward. We are all very excited to begin the tournament in a few days.”
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