Petes defenceman Matt Spencer has been invited to the Hockey Canada National Junior Team Development Camp in Toronto from July 30 to August 2 and in Plymouth, Michigan from August 3-6. Additionally, three Petes prospects have been named to the Canadian National Under-17 Development Camp (July 26-August 1), including Hunter Jones, Declan Chisholm, and Chad Denault.
Spencer was selected by the Petes with the third overall pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection and was Tampa Bay’s second round, 44th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He has played 191 OHL games, scoring 12 goals and 57 assists for 69 points along with 143 penalty minutes.
Internationally, the Oakville native won a bronze medal with Team Canada at the 2014 U-18 World Hockey Championship, a gold medal at the 2014 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament, was an alternate captain of Team Ontario at the 2013 World U-17 Hockey Championship, and was captain of the OMHA and OHL Cup champion Oakville Rangers in 2012/13.
Spencer is one of 41 players selected for the summer development camp, including 13 other defenceman who will be competing for a spot on Canada’s National Junior Team. Nick Ritchie was the last Pete to represent Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championship, winning gold in 2014.
Three Petes prospects are among 111 players who will suit up in Calgary from July 26 to August 1 for the Under-17 Development Camp. Declan Chisholm (2nd
round, 24th overall), Chad Denault (3rd round, 49th overall), and Hunter Jones (5th round, 89th overall) each had strong showings at the OHL Gold Cup in April, which was the first step in the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence. The 2016 World U-17 Hockey Challenge takes place in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, from October 30 to November 5, 2016.
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