RED DEER - Nine members of the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup-winning Team Alberta squad are set to suit up for Team Canada this fall.
Goaltender Carl Stankowski, defencemen Sean Comrie, Ty Smith and Jonathan Tychonick, and forwards Elijah Brown, Eric Florchuk, Tristen Nielsen, Josh Tarzwell and Chase Wouters are among the 66 players named to represent Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Smith and Nielsen are also among the players selected who already have international experience, winning a silver medal with Team Canada at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games.
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.
Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence officially begins with the under-17 development camp in July, and runs through the men’s high-performance camps and teams up to, and including, Canada’s National Junior Team.
The 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge runs Oct 27 - Nov 5 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.