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Zack Terry and Daniil Chayka chosen to represent their countries at the Under-17 World Challenge

CALGARY, Alta. – A pair of Storm rookie defenceman will represent their countries at the upcoming U-17 World Hockey Challenge. Zack Terry will dress for Canada while Storm first round pick Daniil Chayka will suit up for the Russians. Last year, forward Tag Bertuzzi was chosen to play for team black.  Recording 4 points, 1G and 3 assists in 5 games played, Bertuzzi finished second on his team in scoring.

“We are proud of both Zack and Daniil for being chosen to represent their countries at this prestigious event,” Head coach and GM George Burnett said. “It will be a great development experience for both of them to play amongst the very best in their age group and we wish them the best of luck.”

Since the first World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in 1986, more than 1,600 NHL draft picks have played in the tournament, including 15 of the last 18 first-overall selections… a list that includes NHL stars Alexander Ovechkin, Patrick Kane, John Tavares and Connor McDavid.  During this time, a number of former Storm players have also competed at the prestigious Under-17 tournament including Jeff O’Neill, Drew Doughty, Robby Fabbri, Garrett McFadden, Givanni Smith and current Storm players Isaac Ratcliffe, Ryan Merkley, Owen Lalonde and Cam Hillis.


Hockey Canada announced its 66-player roster selected to represent Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, set for Nov. 3-10 in Saint John and Quispamsis, N.B.

The 66 players will be divided into three teams – Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red, and Team Canada White – and will compete against the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the United States in their quest for a gold medal.

CHL Players on Canadian Teams:

Name S/C Ht. Wt. Born Hometown Club Team
Goaltenders
Sebastian Cossa L 6’4¾” 211 11/21/02 Fort McMurray, Alta. Edmonton (WHL)
Will Cranley L 6’3” 169 02/26/02 Peterborough, Ont. Ottawa (OHL)
Dylan Garand L 5’11¾” 170 06/07/02 Victoria, B.C. Kamloops (WHL)
Defence
Michael Bianconi L 5’11¾” 156 05/19/02 Vaughan, Ont. Flint (OHL)
Lukas Cormier L 5’8½” 157 03/27/02 Sainte-Marie-de-Kent, N.B. Charlottetown (QMJHL)
Aidan de la Gorgendiere L 5’11½” 179 02/22/02 Langley, B.C. Saskatoon (WHL)
Charlie DesRoches R 5’9½” 158 04/24/02 Days Corner, P.E.I. Saint John (QMJHL)
Jamie Drysdale R 5’10¾” 163 04/08/02 Toronto, Ont. Erie (OHL)
Kaiden Guhle L 6’2” 189 01/18/02 Sherwood Park, Alta. Prince Albert (WHL)
Daemon Hunt L 5’11¾” 199 05/15/02 Brandon, Man. Moose Jaw (WHL)
Lleyton Moore L 5’7½” 164 02/27/02 Saskatoon, Sask. Niagara (OHL)
Jake Murray L 6’2¼” 191 04/11/02 Oakville, Ont. Kingston (OHL)
Ryan O’Rourke L 6’0” 180 05/16/02 Pickering, Ont. Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
Jérémie Poirier L 5’11½” 189 06/02/02 Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Que. Saint John (QMJHL)
Luke Prokop R 6’3¼” 204 05/06/02 Edmonton, Alta. Calgary (WHL)
Michael Renwick R 5’10¾” 170 01/26/02 Mississauga, Ont. Hamilton (OHL)
Donovan Sebrango L 6’0” 179 01/12/02 Ottawa, Ont. Kitchener (OHL)
Nolan Seed L 5’11¼” 168 04/24/02 Newboro, Ont. Owen Sound (OHL)
Ronan Seeley L 5’10¾” 177 08/02/02 Olds, Alta. Everett (WHL)
Zack Terry L 6’1” 187 04/05/02 Oakville, Ont. Guelph (OHL)
Jack Thompson R 5’11½” 172 03/19/02 Courtice, Ont. Sudbury (OHL)
William Villeneuve R 6’0½” 157 03/20/02 Sherbrooke, Que. Saint John (QMJHL)
Forwards
Charles Beaudoin R 5’11½” 177 02/21/02 Bromont, Que. Shawinigan (QMJHL)
Xavier Bourgault R 5’10½” 152 10/22/02 Montmagny, Que. Shawinigan (QMJHL)
Mavrik Bourque R 5’9¼” 160 01/08/02 Plessisville, Que. Shawinigan (QMJHL)
Cameron Butler R 6’3¾” 197 06/09/02 Ottawa, Ont. Peterborough (OHL)
Quinton Byfield L 6’3½” 213 08/19/02 Newmarket, Ont. Sudbury (OHL)
Kyle Crnkovic L 5’6” 153 02/10/02 Chestermere, Alta. Saskatoon (WHL)
Will Cuylle L 6’1¾” 200 02/05/02 Toronto, Ont. Windsor (OHL)
Elliot Desnoyers L 5’10¼” 184 01/21/02 Saint-Hyacinthe, Que. Moncton (QMJHL)
William Dufour R 6’1½” 187 01/28/02 Quebec City, Que. Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL)
Luke Evangelista R 5’10¼” 158 02/21/02 Oakville, Ont. London (OHL)
Jack Finley R 6’4¾” 207 09/02/02 Kelowna, B.C. Spokane (WHL)
Jean-Luc Foudy R 5’10½” 165 05/13/02 Scarborough, Ont. Windsor (OHL)
Ridly Greig L 5’10¼” 152 08/08/02 Lethbridge, Alta. Brandon (WHL)
Patrick Guay L 5’8¼” 163 04/29/02 Magog, Que. Sherbrooke (QMJHL)
James Hardie L 5’10¼” 162 01/18/02 Innisfil, Ont. Mississauga (OHL)
Seth Jarvis R 5’8¾” 166 02/01/02 Winnipeg, Man. Portland (WHL)
Hendrix Lapierre L 5’11” 169 02/09/02 Gatineau, Que. Chicoutimi (QMJHL)
Josh Lawrence L 5’7¼” 168 01/28/02 Fredericton, N.B. Saint John (QMJHL)
Matthew Maggio R 5’9½” 172 11/25/02 Tecumseh, Ont. Ottawa (OHL)
Connor McClennon R 5’7½” 152 06/25/02 Wainwright, Alta. Kootenay (WHL)
Logan Morrison R 5’9¾” 145 07/09/02 Guelph, Ont. Hamilton (OHL)
Payton Mount R 5’8” 182 01/19/02 Victoria, B.C. Seattle (WHL)
Jake Neighbours L 5’11¼” 200 03/29/02 Airdrie, Alta. Edmonton (WHL)
Cole Perfetti L 5’9¼” 185 01/01/02 Whitby, Ont. Saginaw (OHL)
Jacob Perreault R 5’10¼” 197 04/15/02 Hinsdale, Ill. Sarnia (OHL)
Riley Piercey L 6’2½” 187 03/20/02 Mississauga, Ont. Barrie (OHL)
Dylan Robinson L 6’1” 169 07/01/02 Pickering, Ont. Oshawa (OHL)
Theo Rochette L 5’9½” 154 02/20/01 Donnacona, Que. Chicoutimi (QMJHL)
Pier-Olivier Roy L 5’8¾” 161 03/09/02 Lac-Etchemin, Que. Gatineau (QMJHL)
Justin Sourdif R 5’10¼” 166 03/24/02 Surrey, B.C. Vancouver (WHL)
Cameron Tolnai L 6’0¼” 178 02/14/02 Oakville, Ont. Ottawa (OHL)
Tyler Tullio R 5’8¾” 159 04/05/02 Lakeshore, Ont. Oshawa (OHL)
Reid Valade R 5’9½” 162 03/14/02 Caledon, Ont. Kitchener (OHL)
Evan Vierling L 5’11½” 153 06/20/02 Aurora, Ont. Flint (OHL)
Ozzy Wiesblatt R 5’9¼” 195 03/09/02 Calgary, Alta. Prince Albert (WHL)

In July, 112 players were invited to participate in Canada’s national under-17 development camp and introduced to the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence. The players chosen to represent Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge were selected by Brad McEwen (Whitewood, Sask.), head scout for Hockey Canada, with assistance from U17 POE management group lead Martin Mondou (Grand-Mère, Que./Shawinigan, QMJHL), as well as regional scouts Carl Bouchard (Quebec), Barclay Branch (Ontario), Barclay Parneta (West), Darren Sutherland (Atlantic), and Darrell Woodley (Ontario).

“Any time you bring together the best young players in the country there are bound to be difficult decisions when selecting players, and we feel the 66 young men we chose exemplify the core values of the Program of Excellence,” said McEwen. “We believe that these players possess a willingness to learn and grow as they progress through our program and represent Canada, and give us the best chance to compete for a gold medal this November.”

The tournament opens Saturday, Nov. 3 at the qplex in Quispamsis when Finland takes on Sweden at 3:30 p.m. AT, followed by Team Canada Red, silver-medallist last year, facing off against Russia at 7:30 p.m. AT. The United States will kick off the action at Harbour Station in Saint John on Sunday, Nov. 4 when it plays the Czech Republic at 12 p.m. AT, followed by an all-Canadian match-up between Team Canada Black and Team Canada White at 4 p.m. AT.

TSN and RDS, the official broadcasters for Hockey Canada, will air both semifinals on Friday, Nov. 9, as well as the bronze- and gold-medal games on Saturday, Nov. 10; please check local listings for details. Media accreditation for the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge for Harbour Station in Saint John and qplex in Quispamsis can be requested online.

After a successful ticket launch, full-event ticket packages for the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge are sold out. A $99 Harbour Station ticket package is now available for purchase at the Harbour Station box office and includes all preliminary-round games in Saint John, as well as both semifinals and the bronze- and gold-medal games. Single-game tickets are also available for purchase starting at $13 at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets.

The communities of Saint John and Quispamsis will receive the net proceeds from all ticket and ticket-package sales as a legacy of the event to support grassroots hockey within their communities as part of their hosting agreement with Hockey Canada. Additionally, recent editions of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge have resulted in as much as $6 million in economic impact within the host communities.

More than 1,700 NHL draft picks have suited up since the inception of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (previously known as the Quebec Esso Cup) in 1986, including 13 first-overall draft picks since 2001 (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; and Auston Matthews, 2016).

For more information on the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter.

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