Red Deer’s Nate Danielson was named to Hockey Canada’s U17 Virtual Camp list on Wednesday. (Photo by OIS/Joe Toth. Handout image supplied by OIS/IOC)

Red Deer’s Nate Danielson invited to Hockey Canada U17 virtual camp

Three Red Deer Rebels’ prospects also made the list

Nate Danielson is on the radar to suit up for Canada at the 2020 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

The Red Deer product was one of 113 players named to Hockey Canada’s U17 Virtual Camp roster, which will take place online from July 19-25.

Danielson, 15, was selected by the Brandon Wheat Kings fifth overall in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft. The six-foot, 165-pound forward played last season for the Northern Alberta X-Treme in the Canadian School Sports League. He posted 26 goals and 60 points in 27 games last year.

“The national under-17 development camp is the first stage in introducing these athletes to the Program of Excellence, and it is a great opportunity for them to develop as players and learn what it takes to wear the Maple Leaf,” said Scott Salmond, senior vice-president of national teams with Hockey Canada in a press release.

Danielson has already represented Canada once on the international stage, capturing bronze at the Youth Olympic Games last year.

Three Red Deer Rebels’ prospects will also participate in the virtual camp, designed to foster development for the young players through a variety of online programs. Defencemen Hunter Mayo and Jace Weir were on the list, as well as forward Jhett Larson. Mayo was a second-round pick, 23rd overall by the Rebels in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft.

The Martensville, Sask. native helped his province win its first-ever WHL Cup in October, along with Larson. Larson, a five-foot-eight, 152-pound forward, played last season with the Notre Dame Hounds in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League and was originally an eighth-round pick of the Rebels in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft.

The 16-year-old from Delisle, Sask. posted 37 points in 40 games last season.

Weir played for the Okanagan Rockets in the BC Hockey U18 league last year, producing seven goals and 15 assists in 36 games.

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