Red Deer’s Harrison Lodewyk is one of 66 players who will represent Canada later this month in a new event coined the Capital City Challenge.
Lodewyk, 16, who plays for the Prince Albert Raiders will be joined by Red Deer Rebels forward Kalan Lind at the event, which takes place from Nov. 26 to Dec. 1 in Ottawa.
The 66 players will be split up into three teams and compete against Canada’s National Women’s Hockey team in a mini-tournament.
“We are excited to unveil the 66 players that will suit up for our three men’s under-17 teams at the Capital City Challenge and have the unique opportunity to compete against Canada’s National Women’s Team in Ottawa,” said Scott Salmond senior vice-president of hockey operations with Hockey Canada in a news release.
“Although this has not been a traditional year for our Program of Excellence and the under-17 group, we are excited to introduce these athletes to an event that replicates short-term, international competition.”
The rosters for the three Canadian teams, Team Red, Team White and Team Black will be unveiled in the coming weeks.
Lodewyk, a five-foot-10, 178-pound forward is off to a slow start in his rookie WHL campaign. He’s yet to record a point through 11 games this season.
Lind, 16, is in his second WHL season, after playing 14 games in a shortened WHL campaign last year. In 15 games this year, he has four goals and two assists.
The Capital City Challenge opens on Nov. 26 at TD Place Arena, home of the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League. Canada’s National Women’s team will face Team Canada White in the tournament opener at 10 a.m. MST, followed by Team Canada Black taking on Team Canada Red at 5 p.m. MST.