Sixty-six of Canada’s best young hockey players have been selected to represent their country at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, from October 27 to November 5.
Petes defenceman Declan Chisholm and goalie Hunter Jones will suit up for one of three Canadian teams in the annual tournament.
Chisholm, a 6’0”, 172lbs defenceman from Bowmanville, Ontario, has played three games with the Petes this season, recording an assist and a +2 rating. He was selected by the Petes in the second round, 24th overall in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection. Previously, Chisholm represented Canada at the Youth Olympic Games, winning silver, and also played in the OHL Gold Cup (GTHL Red), and the World Selects Invitational U15 tournament (East Coast Selects).
Jones, a 6’3”, 194lbs goalie from Brantford, Ontario, is currently playing with the OJHL’s Stouffville Spirit. Through five games, he has recorded a 4-0 record, and leads the league in both GAA (1.49) and SV% (.954). Jones, who was selected by the Petes in the fifth round, 89th overall, in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection, backstopped GTHL Blue to a gold medal at the 2016 OHL Gold Cup, and won the 2014/15 hockey city championship with Brantford Collegiate Institute.
The U17 championship is part of the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence, which starts with the U17 selection camps in July and concludes with the World Junior Hockey Championship. Recent Petes players who have played in the U17 tournament include Zach Gallant (2015), and Jonathan Ang, Dylan Wells, and Matt Timms (2014).
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