Hockey Canada will gather the best and brightest under-17 hockey players next month in Calgary.
They announced a list of 112 players that will attend the week-long development camp, including 12 goalies, 36 defencemen and 64 forwards.
Of those 112 players, 66 will be selected to represent Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge this fall.
Among the 12 goaltenders that received an invite to the July camp was Tees native Drew Sim. Sim, who plays at Delta Hockey Academy was selected by the Vancouver Giants in the third round of the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft. Red Deer Rebels defenceman Kyle Masters and forward Jayden Grubbe also earned invites to the camp.
“The national under-17 development camp is the first step these athletes take in their Team Canada career,” noted Shawn Bullock, director of men’s national teams in a press release.
“Ultimately, these players will learn what it takes to wear the Maple Leaf in international competition. We are here to support their development by providing the on- and off-ice experiences they need to achieve the dream of representing their country.”
At camp, players will be split into six teams for on- and off-ice training, fitness testing, intrasquad games and classroom studies.
The prospective players will be monitored early in the 2019-20 season before 66 are named to one of three Canadian teams. Team Canada Red, White and Black will compete against the top countries in the world at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, scheduled for Nov. 2-9 in Medicine Hat and Swift Current.