Three local players are among the 100 Hockey Canada have invited to attend their national U17 development camp in Calgary next month.
Madoc defender Benjamin Danford and Belleville’s Braedyn Rogers are joined by Tweed striker Christopher Brown.
Danford was a first-round pick by the Oshawa Generals in last month’s OHL draft, while Rogers was a second-round pick by Owen Sound. Both played for the Quinte AAA Under 16 Red Devils.
Brown was a first round pick by the Soo Greyhounds. He played for the North York Rangers in the GTHL.
In a Hockey Canada press release, Director of Player Staff Allen Millar said, “The U17 National Development Camp is the first phase in inducting these athletes into the excellence program and it is a great opportunity for them to develop and grow as players learn what it takes to carry the Maple Leaf. We look forward to supporting the continued development of these young players during this camp and to begin building our three national under-17 teams for the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge this fall.”
After camp, players will continue to be evaluated through the start of the 2022-23 season before 66 will be named to one of Canada’s three national teams – Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red and Team Canada White – that will compete in 2022 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge scheduled for November 5-12 in Langley and Delta, BC.