Two former London Junior Knights teammates were of the 66 players named to represent Team Canada in the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge.
Ryan Suzuki, the first overall pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection of the Barrie Colts and Aidan Prueter, a second round pick of the Saginaw Spirit will represent the country from November 5-11 in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John BC.
Suzuki says representing his country is a dream come true.
“It’s definitely an honour every time you get to put on that jersey. My brother actually got a chance to do that a few times in U-17, U-18 and hopefully the World Juniors coming up(in December). I’ve dreamed of playing for Team Canada all my life so it’s definitely an honour wearing that jersey.”
Prueter talks about the selection process.
” In August they had a camp held in Calgary for a week. They evaluated you with off ice testing, how you did in practice, on ice testing and then there was a couple games to finish it off”.
The 66 players representing the country will be split up into three teams, Canada Red,White and Black.
More than 1600 draft picks of the NHL have played in this tournament, which begun in 1986