Dunn, Smith invited to Hockey Canada’s National U17 Development Camp
GIVANI SMITH – 1st round, 13th overall in 2014
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Date of Birth: February 27th, 1998
Position: Left Wing
SAM DUNN – 3rd round, 46th overall in 2014
Hometown: Bewdley, Ontario
Date of Birth: March 11th, 1998
Position: Right Defence
CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, announced Tuesday the 96 skaters who have been invited to attend Canada’s national under-17 development camp, July 29 to Aug. 4 at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary.
All 96 skaters have been drafted or listed by CHL teams, including 35 from the Ontario Hockey League, 32 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and 29 from the Western Hockey League. The roster includes 36 defencemen and 60 forwards.
The players invited to camp were selected by Ryan Jankowski, Hockey Canada’s head scout of men’s national teams, together with regional scouts Donald Audette (Quebec), Brad McEwen (West), Kevin Mitchell (Atlantic) and Darryl Woodley (Ontario) with input from Hockey Canada regional branch representatives. Players were evaluated throughout the season with their club teams, and at three regional under-16 events: the Western Canada U16 Challenge, OHL Gold Cup and QMJHL Excellence Challenge.
Defenceman Sean Day of the Mississauga Steelheads is the only current OHL player listed in the group, with the other 34 players representing prospects chosen in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.
OHL Prospects Invited to Hockey Canada U17 Development Camp:
Matt Cairns (Peterborough Petes)
Cole Candella (Belleville Bulls)
Jakob Chychrun (Sarnia Sting)*
Sam Dunn (Barrie Colts)
Nicolas Hague (Mississauga Steelheads)
Victor Mete (Owen Sound Attack)*
Keaton Middleton (Saginaw Spirit)
Tyler Nother (London Knights)
Jake O’Donnell (Sarnia Sting)
Reagan O’Grady (Kingston Frontenacs)*
Logan Stanley (Windsor Spitfires)*
Matthew Timms (Peterborough Petes)
Jonathan Ang (Peterborough Petes)*
Travis Barron (Ottawa 67’s)*
William Bitten (Plymouth Whalers)*
Logan Brown (Niagara IceDogs)*
Connor Bunnaman (Kitchener Rangers)
Nicholas Caamano (Plymouth Whalers)
Zack Dorval (Kingston Frontenacs)
Tye Felhaber (Saginaw Spirit)*
Jonah Gadjovich (Owen Sound Attack)
Matthew Hotchkiss (Guelph Storm)*
Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Adam Mascherin (Kitchener Rangers)*
Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)*
Cameron Morrison (North Bay Battalion)
Christopher Paquette (Niagara IceDogs)
Michael Pezzetta (Sudbury Wolves)*
Zach Poirier (North Bay Battalion)*
Cliff Pu (Oshawa Generals)*
Taylor Raddysh (Erie Otters)*
Anthony Salinitri (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)*
Brandon Saigeon (Belleville Bulls)*
Givani Smith (Barrie Colts)*
*first round pick in 2014 OHL Priority Selection
Sixteen under-17 goaltenders have been invited to the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence goaltending camp, June 11-14 in Calgary. From this camp, 12 netminders will be added to the under-17 development camp to complete the roster.
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.
“At Hockey Canada, we are very excited about the possibilities that lie ahead within our national teams with the changes we have instituted at the under-17 level,” said Scott Salmond, senior director, hockey operations with Hockey Canada. “It is our intention to identify potential national team players at an earlier age and have them play together more often.”
Canada’s national under-17 development camp roster, by branch:
B.C. Hockey – 8
Hockey Alberta – 13
Saskatchewan Hockey Association – 2
Hockey Manitoba – 5
Ontario Hockey Federation – 32
Hockey Eastern Ontario – 4
Hockey Quebec – 24
Hockey Newfoundland & Labrador – 2
Hockey Nova Scotia – 6
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.
Since the first under-17 tournament (then known as the Quebec Esso Cup) in 1986, more than 1,300 NHL draft picks have played in the tournament, including 10 of the last 13 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).