Special to The Standard
SCUGOG: Port Perry’s Ty Dellandrea will be representing Canada, against the top young hockey players in the world, at next week’s World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Sault Ste. Marie.
Surviving through an extensive process that began in July, with 111 of the country’s top 16-year-old hockey players taking part in a week-long development camp, last week Dellandrea was announced as one of the 66 players chosen by Hockey Canada, to don the maple leaf at the upcoming competition, seen as a precursor for many, of the future stars of the the annual World Junior Hockey Championships.
“I’m honoured to be selected to represent Canada at the World Under-17 Challenge,” Dellandrea commented through social media.
This week, the Canadian contingent will be split into three squads; Team Canada White, Red and Black, which will square off against the top young players from the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, and the United States in their quest for gold.
“These are the 66 best players in the country who are, by-and-large, making their first appearance in international competition, as part of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence. They have been selected not only based on their current ability, but also on their potential to represent Canada at under-18 and junior competition in the coming years,” Shawn Bullock, senior manager of hockey operations and men’s national teams for Hockey Canada, said in a press release. “This is a skilled group of high-performers with long-term international potential, and we look forward to working with them at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and in the future.”
Check next week’s Standard, for a full schedule of Dellandrea’s games at the competition.