Erie Otters forward Greg McKegg has been selected to represent his native Canada in the IIHF World Under-18 Championship. He will join 21 other players – 12 from the OHL – at the tournament, set for April 13-23 in Minsk and Bobruisk, Belarus.
McKegg will compete in his second international competition. He won a gold medal with Team Ontario in the 2009 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. He’s the fourth player in Otters’ history to play in the World U-18 tournament, joining Ryan O’Reilly (2009), Zack Torquato (2007) and Ryan O’Marra (2005).
Team Canada meets in Toronto today before heading to Europe on Tuesday. Canada will have one exhibition game against Finland on Friday before preparing for the tournament. McKegg was one of the OHL’s top offensive performers this season with a career-high 37 goals and 85 points. He made a league-high, 67-point improvement from the 2008-09 season, his rookie year.
The OHL players are defensemen Geoffrey Schemitsch (Owen Sound), Erik Gudbranson (Kingston), Nathan Chiarlitti (Sarnia), Stephen Silas (Belleville), Ryan O’Connor (Saginaw) and Brock Beukeboom (Sault Ste. Marie) and forwards Steven Shipley (Owen Sound), Michael Sgarbossa (Saginaw), Christian Thomas (Oshawa), John McFarland (Sudbury), Ryan Spooner (Peterborough) and Freddie Hamilton (Niagara).
Check out Canada’s complete roster by clicking the link.
- Victor Fernandes