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By the numbers: Canada at the World U17 Hockey Challenge

A closer look at the 66 players who will wear the Maple Leaf in Medicine Hat and Swift Current

Jason La Rose
October 16, 2019

The 66 Canadians are set for the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Medicine Hat, Alta., and Swift Current, Sask., so let’s take a look at a few facts and figures:

1 – player who did not receive an invite to Canada’s national under-17 development camp in July (Olen Zellweger)

2 – under-age players; Matthew Savoie and Shane Wright are the second and third 15-year-olds to represent Canada at the tournament, joining Joe Veleno (2015)

3 – sons of former NHLers; the fathers of Mason McTavish (Dale), Cole Sillinger (Mike) and Chase Stillman (Cory) combined for 1,278 points (519-759—1,278) in 2,083 games with 14 different teams

4 – players drafted first overall in their respective CHL drafts (Dylan Guenther – Edmonton, WHL, 2018; Joshua Roy – Saint John, QMJHL, 2019; Matthew Savoie – Winnipeg, WHL, 2019; Shane Wright – Kingston, OHL, 2019)

4 – members of the Don Mills Flyers (Liam Arnsby, Brandt Clarke, Brennan Othmann, Shane Wright), Toronto Marlboros (Jack Beck, Ethan Del Mastro, Wyatt Johnston, Danny Zhilkin) and OHA Edmonton (Corson Ceulemans, Kyle Masters, Sean Tschigerl, Olen Zellweger) during the 2018-19 season, most of any minor hockey team

6’0½” 175 – average height and weight of the players; Kaleb Lawrence (6’5½” 224) is the largest player, and Justin Robidas (5’6¾” 175) is the smallest

14 – points (in 10 games) for Zachary L’Heureux; the Moncton Wildcats forward has six goals and eight assists to lead all Canadians who cracked the U17 roster, two points up on Cole Sillinger (5-7—12 in 11 GP).

14 – players who helped Quebec win the gold medal at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. (William Blackburn, Zachary Bolduc, Olivier Boutin, Nathan Gaucher, Jacob Guévin, Zachary L’Heureux, James Malatesta, Olivier Nadeau, Maxime Pellerin, Guillaume Richard, Justin Robidas, William Rousseau, Joshua Roy, Dovar Tinling)

24 – players from Ontario, more than any other province (Quebec – 18; Alberta – 8; B.C. – 4; Nova Scotia – 4; Manitoba – 3; New Brunswick – 2; Saskatchewan – 2; Newfoundland & Labrador – 1)

47 – Canadian Hockey League teams, out of 60, represented with players or prospects (OHL – 20/20; QMJHL – 14/18; WHL – 13/22); the Olympiques de Gatineau (QMJHL), Remparts de Québec (QMJHL), Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL), Cataractes de Shawinigan (QMJHL) and Foreurs de Val-d’Or (QMJHL) have three apiece

1,048 – population (according to the 2016 Census of Canada) of Davidson, Sask., hometown of defenceman Nolan Allan and the smallest of any player

5,829 – kilometres (according to Google Maps) from Medicine Hat to Mount Pearl, N.L., hometown of Zach Dean and the furthest of any community with a U17 representative

For more information:

Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 284-6484 


Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 777-4567


Jeremy Knight
Manager, Corporate Communications
Hockey Canada

(647) 251-9738


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