A new era for the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge begins this fall in Sarnia-Lambton, Ont.; three Canadian national U17 teams (Black, Red and White) will join five international teams to chase a gold medal at the RBC Centre from Nov. 2-8.
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 chosen in the first round.
The first step towards the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge comes July 29-Aug. 5 at WinSport's Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, when 96 of Canada's top young defencemen and forwards take the ice at the first national U17 development camp.
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.
Samuel Guilbault scored the lone goal in a five-round shootout and Brody Willms was perfect on five chances, with a little help from his posts, to help White finish as the last team standing at Canada’s national U17 development camp.
Michael O’Leary’s second goal of the game with nine seconds left was the difference as Gold survived a wild final four minutes – including giving back a two-goal lead – to score a win over Blue in the third-place game at U17 camp.
Brandon Saigeon found the back of the net twice, Miguel Picard scored on a penalty shot, Tyler Benson and Julien Tessier had goals of their own and Green recorded its first win at U17 camp, beating Blue in the fifth-place game.
Red recorded six goals in seven chances with the power play, added one shorthanded and scored the game’s final seven goals in a one-sided win over Blue. Nolan Patrick led the way offensively, scoring twice and adding one assist.
Connor Bunnaman and Dillon Dubé broke a 5-5 tie with goals nine seconds apart midway through the third period, leading White to a victory over Gold in a game it trailed 3-0 after nine minutes and led 5-3 late in the second period.
Tyson Jost finished with four points, scoring twice and adding two assists, and Tanner Kaspick had a goal and a helper for Gold, which scored the game’s last five goals to earn a win over Green at the national U17 development camp.
Charles-Olivier Ouimet scored the game-winner on the power play with 1:58 to go and Taylor Raddysh added a goal and an assist to help Blue to a win in its first game at U17 camp despite giving away a pair of two-goal leads.
Ryely McKinstry opened the scoring midway through the first period in front of a hometown crowd and eight different players recorded at least one point as White topped Green in its opener at the national U17 development camp.
Sam Steel scored the game-winner midway through the second period, and Jake O’Donnell added a goal and an assist to help Black earn the first win at the national U17 development camp, beating Red despite being outshot 36-23.