First-overall pick Aaron Ekblad, who represented Ontario in 2012 and 2013, led a group of 80 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge alumni selected at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia, including a record-setting 22 who had their names called in the first round.
Jean-François Houle, Sheldon Keefe and Dan Lambert will serve as head coaches for Canada's first-ever under-17 national teams when the puck drops this fall at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
From first-overall selections like Mats Sundin, Joe Thornton and John Tavares to 12th-rounders like Kyle Galloway and Xavier Majic, more than 1,400 NHL draft picks have taken the ice at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge since 1986.
The first step towards the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge comes July 29-Aug. 5 in Calgary, when 96 of Canada's top young defencemen and forwards take the ice at the U17 development camp.
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