(Sault Ste Marie, ON) – Eight players have been nominated to compete for their country at the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario on November 1-5, 2016.
Peetro Seppälä (Kouvola, Finland) was nominated by Finland. The big and mobile 6’1, 180 lbs defenceman played this season for Kouvola A Juniors in the Finnish Junior league after suffering an early season injury. The two-way defenceman can be used in all situations for the national team.
Elijah Brown (Edmonton, Alberta) was nominated by Canada. The 5’9 forward is in his first season with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL after being their 1st round selection in the 2015 Bantam Draft. He will bring speed and play making ability to the Canada White roster.
Anderson Macdonald (Saint John, New Brunswick) was nominated by Canada and the 6’2, 200 lbs forward will bring his early season experience as a 1st round selection of with the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the QMJHL where he has 8 goals already. He was also with the Canada Youth Olympic silver medal team and will provide a big, power scoring threat for Canada White.
Andrew Coxhead (Fall River, Nova Scotia) was nominated to play for Canada and the 6’2, 185 lbs forward, who was a 1st round selection of the Quebec Remparts, will bring a two-way power forward game to the Canada Black lineup as he has this season in the QMJHL.
Dawson Baker (Baltimore, Ontario) was nominated to play for Canada after a stellar start to the season with Trenton of the OJHL. The Sudbury Wolves forward has scored 8 points in 6 games and brings rugged combination of intensity and skill to the Canada Black lineup.
Hunter Jones (Brantford, Ontario) was nominated to play for Canada after an unbelievable start to the season with Stoufville of the OJHL. The 6’3 athletic goalie was a selection of Peterborough of the OHL and with a late birthday is not eligible for the draft until 2019. He will backstop for Canada Black.
Nathan Dunkley (Campbellford, Ontario) was nominated to play for Canada after a strong start to the season with the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL. The 5’11 forward has 8 points so far after being the 1st round selection in last spring’s draft. He will bring skill and intensity to the Canada Red lineup.
Noah Dobson (Summerside, Prince Edward Island) was also nominated to play for Canada at the U17 Worlds. The 6’2 lanky defenceman will bring his skill and intelligence to the Canada Red lineup after playing for the Acadie Bathurst Titan of the QMJHL, who selected him in the 1st round last spring.