If you watched a game at the World U17 Hockey Challenge this past week in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario you saw more than one former Selects Hockey player out on the ice. Teams from Finland, Sweden, Czech Republic, the United States, and Canada all carried a handful of Selects Alumni on their roster. Together, 66 alumni of our Selects Hockey program hit the ice at the 2016 international competition. The first U17 Hockey Challenge was played in 1986 and the event has since seen more than 1,600 of it’s participants selected in the NHL Draft.
The gold medalists, Team Sweden, had 16 Selects Hockey alumni on their roster alone. Team Canada sent three teams to the international competition, Team Canada-Red (8 Selects alumni), Team Canada-Black (8 Selects alumni), and Team Canada-White (6 Selects alumni). Sweden defeated Team Canada-Black in the final by a score of 2-1. Team USA didn’t medal in the event, but finished with a winning record at 3-2. They carried 13 Selects Hockey alumni on their roster. Team Finland (6 Selects alumni) finished with a 2-3 record and Czech Republic (9 Selects alumni) finished 1-4.
Many of our Selects alumni were individual standouts in this tough international competition. The USA’s Joel Farabee finished 5th in points among all players with 4 goals and 2 assists in five games. Adam Bokvist, a Swedish defenseman and Selects alum, tied for 3rd in goals with 4. His teammate, forward Oskar Back, tied for the tournament lead with 5 assists in 5 games. Aidan Dudas from Team Canada-Black finished just behind Back with four assists of his own.
We believe the international experience we offer these players at a young age helps prepare them for world class events like the World Hockey Challenge and we love to see the proof in action! Congratulations to all of our former players who were selected to play in the event and special congratulations to our alumni on the gold medalist Sweden team!
Check out the entire list of Selects Hockey alumni that played in the 2016 U17 World Hockey Challenge.
Canada Black: (D) Giovanni Vallati, (D) Declan Chisholm, (D) Owen Lalonde, (F) Adam McMaster, (F) Aidan Dudas, (F) Luka Burzan, (F) Dawson Baker, (F) Tyler Popowich
Canada Red: (D) Ryan Merkley, (D) Xavier Bernard, (D) Dawson Barteaux, (F) Riley Damiani, (F) Billy Moskal, (F) Shawn Element, (F) Cameron Hillis, (F) Eric Guest
Canada White: (D) Peter Stratis, (D) Dennis Busby, (D) Justin MacPherson, (F) Jackson Leppard, (F) Raphael Lavoie, (F) Jackson Shepard
United States: (D) Will MacKinnon, (D) Christian Krygier, (D) Jacob Semik, (F) Jack DeBeor, (F) Jake Goldowski, (F) Blade Jenkins, (F) Patrick Giles, (F) Jake Wise, (F) Jonathan Gruden, (F) Oliver Wahlstrom, (F) Erik Middendorf, (F) Tyler Weiss, (F) Joel Farabee
Finland: (D) Jesper Rannisto, (D) Mikko Kokkonen, (D) Iivari Rasanen, (F) Kalle Matikainen, (F) Samuel Salonen, (F) Arttu Nevesaari
Sweden: (G) Lucas Jagbring, (D) Adam Bokvist, (D) William Fransson, (D) Filip Johansson, (D) Axel Andersson, (D) Simon Lundmark, (D) Rasmus Sandin, (F) Oskar Back, (F) Filip Hallander, (F) Jonatan Berggren, (F) Nils Hoglander, (F) Jacob Olofsson, (F) Lukas Wernblom, (F) Linus Nassen, (F) Marcus Westfalt, (F) Carl Jakobsson
Czech Republic: (G) Tomas Vlk, (D) Filip Bernath, (D) Frantisek Klejna, (F) Matej Pekar, (F) Vojtech Kropacek, (F) Matej Blumel, (F) Michael Kvasnica, (F) Ondrej Pavel, (F) Tomas Koblizek