WU17HC All-Time Starting Six: Ontario

It’s the end of an era at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. The 2014 tournament, underway this week in Cape Breton, N.S., will be the final time Canada is represented by five regional teams – Atlantic, Ontario, Pacific, Quebec and West.

Beginning next season, three national teams, comprised of the 66 best under-17 players from across the country, will wear the Maple Leaf at the tournament.

With that in mind, HockeyCanada.ca asked Al Coates, a former general manager of the Calgary Flames and Canada’s National Men’s Team, and a two-time Stanley Cup winner (with Calgary in 1989 and Anaheim in 2007) to select his All-Time Starting Six for each of the five Canadian regions, based on their impact on hockey and contribution to the game.

ONTARIO
GOLD – 8 (1992, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011)
SILVER – 2 (2000, 2010)
BRONZE – 3 (2001, 2002, 2012)

FORWARDS

Corey Perry
U17 year and finish: 2002 – bronze medal
NHL Entry Draft: Anaheim Ducks, 2003 (1st round, 28th overall)
NHL statistics: 615 GP; 242-265—507   
Individual accomplishments: OHL First All-Star Team (2003-04), 2004-05); CHL Second All-Star Team (2003-04); CHL First All-Star Team (2004-05); Memorial Cup MVP (2005); Memorial Cup All-Star Team (2005); Hart Memorial Trophy (2010-11); Rocket Richard Trophy (2010-11); NHL First All-Star Team (2010-11); NHL All-Star Game (2008, 2011, 2012)
Team accomplishments: Memorial Cup (London Knights – 2005); Stanley Cup (Anaheim Ducks – 2007)
Team Canada experience: Eight Nations Cup (summer U18) – 2002 (gold); IIHF World Junior Championship – 2005 (gold); Olympic Winter Games – 2010 (gold); IIHF World Championship – 2010 (seventh place), 2012 (fifth place)

Brendan Shanahan
U17 year and finish: 1986 – fourth place
NHL Entry Draft: New Jersey Devils, 1987 (1st round, 2nd overall)
NHL statistics: 1,524 GP; 656-698—1,354
Individual accomplishments: NHL First All-Star Team (1993-94, 1999-2000); NHL Second All-Star Team (2001-02); King Clancy Memorial Trophy (2002-03); NHL All-Star Game (1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2007); Hartford Whalers captain (1995-96); Hockey Hall of Fame (2013)
Team accomplishments: Stanley Cup (Detroit Red Wings – 1997, 1998, 2002)
Team Canada experience: IIHF World Junior Championship – 1987 (disqualified); Canada Cup – 1987 (first place); IIHF World Championship – 1994 (gold), 2006 (fourth place); World Cup of Hockey – 1996 (second place); Olympic Winter Games – 1998 (fourth place), 2002 (gold)

Eric Staal
U17 year and finish: 2001 – bronze medal
NHL Entry Draft: Carolina Hurricanes, 2003 (1st round, 2nd overall)
NHL statistics: 729 GP; 277-380—657  
Individual accomplishments: OHL Second All-Star Team (2002-03); CHL First All-Star Team (2002-03); AHL All-Star Classic (2005); NHL Second All-Star Team (2005-06); NHL All-Star Game (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011); NHL All-Star Game MVP (2008); Carolina Hurricanes captain (2010-13)
Team accomplishments: Stanley Cup (Carolina Hurricanes – 2006)
Team Canada experience: Six Nations Cup (summer U18) – 2001 (gold); IIHF World Under-18 Championship – 2002 (sixth place); Olympic Winter Games – 2006 (seventh place), 2010 (gold); IIHF World Championship – 2007 (gold); 2008 (silver); 2013 (fifth place, captain)

HONOURABLE MENTION: Jeff Carter (2002); Mike Richards (2002); Taylor Hall (2008); Rick Nash (2001); John Tavares (2006); Joe Thornton (1995)

DEFENCEMEN

Drew Doughty
U17 year and finish: 2006 – fifth place
NHL Entry Draft: Los Angeles Kings, 2008 (1st round, 2nd overall)
NHL statistics: 404 GP; 55-150—205   
Individual accomplishments: OHL All-Rookie Team (2005-06); OHL First All-Star Team (2006-07, 2007-08); CHL First All-Star Team (2007-08); OHL Outstanding Defenceman (2007-08); NHL All-Rookie Team (2008-09); NHL Second All-Star Team (2009-10)
Team accomplishments: Stanley Cup (Los Angeles Kings – 2012)
Team Canada experience: Memorial of Ivan Hlinka (summer U18) – 2006 (gold); IIHF World Under-18 Championship – 2007 (fourth place); IIHF World Junior Championship – 2008 (gold, Top Defenceman, Media All-Star Team); IIHF World Championship – 2009 (silver); Olympic Winter Games – 2010 (gold)

P.K. Subban
U17 year and finish: 2006 – fifth place
NHL Entry Draft: Montreal Canadiens, 2007 (2nd round, 43rd overall)
NHL statistics: 242 GP; 37-104—141  
Individual accomplishments: OHL First All-Star Team (2008-09); AHL All-Rookie Team (2009-10); AHL First All-Star Team (2009-10); AHL President’s Award (2009-10); AHL All-Star Classic (2010); NHL All-Rookie Team (2010-11); NHL First All-Star Team (2012-13); James Norris Memorial Trophy (2012-13)
Team accomplishments: none
Team Canada experience: IIHF World Junior Championship – 2008 (gold), 2009 (gold, Media All-Star Team)

HONOURABLE MENTION: Bryan Marchment (1986); Luke Richardson (1986); Marc Staal (2004); Steve Staios (1990)

GOALTENDER

Manny Legace
U17 year: 1990
NHL Entry Draft: Hartford Whalers, 1993 (8th round, 188th overall)
NHL statistics: 365 GP; 187-99-41; 2.41 GAA; .912 SV%; 24 SO
Individual accomplishments: OHL First All-Star Team (1992-93); AHL First All-Star Team (1995-96); Harry “Hap Holmes Memorial Award – AHL fewest goals against (1995-96); Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award – AHL outstanding goaltender (1995-96); NHL All-Star Game (2008)
Team accomplishments: Stanley Cup (Detroit Red Wings – 2002)
Team Canada experience: IIHF World Junior Championship – 1993 (gold, Top Goaltender, Media All-Star Team); National Men’s Team – 1993-94; Olympic Winter Games – 1994 (silver)

HONOURABLE MENTION: Jamie Storr (1992)

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