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Posts tagged ‘world under-17 hockey challenge’
Posted: January 3rd, 2014

Dylan Strome

NORTH SYDNEY, Nova Scotia – Erie Otters rookie Dylan Strome had two goals and an assist to lead Ontario to a 6-3 win against Sweden on Friday in the fifth-place game at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Strome assisted on Kingston winger Lawson Crouse’s go-ahead goal with 14 seconds left in the first period. Then Strome handed Ontario (3-1-1) a 4-2 lead 4:58 left into the second period before capping the victory with another goal midway through the third period.
Strome finished the tournament with a team-leading 12 points (six goals, seven assists in five games.

Posted: January 2nd, 2014

SYDNEY, Nova Scotia – Dylan Strome scored a goal, but the Erie Otters rookie and Ontario couldn’t overcome a four-goal third period in a 6-2 loss to the United States on Thursday in the final preliminar game at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Ontario (2-1-1) failed to qualify for today’s semifinals after finishing third in Group B behind the U.S. (4-0-0) and Russia (3-1-0). Ontario finishes tournament play today at 1 p.m. in the fifth-place game against Sweden (2-1-1), the third-place team in Group A.
Strome leads Ontario and ranks among the top five overall with nine points (four goals and five assists).

Posted: January 1st, 2014

SYDNEY, Nova Scotia – Erie Otters rookie Dylan Strome had a goal and assist, and London F Mitchell Marner’s second hat trick of the tournament completed a two-goal comeback in the third period. But Ontario still lost to Russia 6-5 in a shootout in a preliminary-round game at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge tonight.
Strome has three goals and a team-leading seven points in three games for Ontario (2-0-1), which stands second in Group B entering Friday’s 6 p.m. matchup with the first-place United States (3-0-0). Ontario needs to win in regulation to win the group, and finish at least second in the group to reach Friday’s semifinals. The gold-medal and bronze-medal games are set for Saturday.

Posted: December 30th, 2013

SYDNEY, Nova Scotia – Erie Otters rookie Dylan Strome had a goal and an assist in unbeaten Ontario’s 5-1 win against Atlantic tonight in the preliminary round of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. He has two goals and three assists for Ontario (2-0-0), which faces Russia (0-1-0) at 6 p.m. on New Year’s Day. Strome had a goal and two assists in an 8-1 win against Germany in Sunday’s opener.

Posted: December 11th, 2013

The Erie Otters have begun making arrangements to fill in roster spots during international tournament time.
Defense prospect Cole Mayo joined the team Tuesday to fill in for departing D Adam Pelech, who along with C Connor McDavid leave Thursday to join Team Canada for the IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be held from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Malmo, Sweden. The club also plans to recall D Jesse Saban, another 2013 OHL draft pick, after Christmas break. Goaltending prospect Daniel Dekoning joins the team in St. Catharines, Ontario, on Thursday to fill in for World Junior-bound G Oscar Dansk.
However, there are no plans to recall any forward prospects to replace RW Andre Burakovsky, who will join Dansk on Team Sweden for World Juniors, and rookie C Dylan Strome, who will represent Ontario at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge from Dec. 29 to Jan. 4 in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Fs Quentin Maksimovich, Patrick Murphy and Travis Wood will fill in those spots, while veterans like C Kyle Pettit will take on greater roles.

On Tuesday, head coach Kris Knoblauch shared his thoughts on the team’s moves and this week’s games…

* On not overlooking Mississauga & Niagara: “I think it’s just fundamentals – doing things that are important, really stressing defense. If our defense is good, we’ll get opportunities offensively. If we’re just looking at the offensive side of the game, we’ll probably still get offensive chances, but we’ll probably be giving up a lot of chances against. We don’t want to get into a running match. Defense is very important.
“We kind of have two weekends of back-to-back games – middle of the week and two at the end (of the week). Certainly, you look at the ones on the weekend being more important just because (they’re) division rivals and the importance on those (games). The games on the weekend are important. But if you let the games get away that you should have won, those are just as important. We’re just looking at the two games this week against Niagara and Mississauga.

* On Mayo and Saban: Right now, Cole is not expected to play (in games) this week. That’s our plan. Certainly hope it stays that way. But if there was an injury or something did happen, we would need an extra defenseman. It’s just good to have those players. It is for depth, but also we wanted to call those guys up throughout the year at different times – this being one of them, and (Saban) after Christmas – where those guys are having the opportunity to practice with us so they can get comfortable with the speed of our game.
They’re working on their skills. We’re very happy with how they have improved. They’re getting lots of responsibilities. (Mayo) is getting power-play time, top pairing defensively, penalty kill, everything. So we’re very happy. But that level he’s playing at and the level we’re at is different. I think it’s just like sending our players to World Juniors or spending extra time in the American Hockey League at the beginning of the season or NHL camp. They learn a lot from that. Hopefully (Mayo) learns a little bit with the time spent with us.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: November 19th, 2013

Erie Otters rookie Dylan Strome headlines Team Ontario’s roster for the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, set for Dec. 29-Jan. 4 in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia…

* denotes starters



Oscar Dansk*
Devin Williams

Scratches: G Daniel Dekoning (healthy), RW Joel Wigle (upper body), LW/D Travis Wood (healthy), C Quentin Maksimovich (healthy)



Blaisdell-Schmidt or Gilbert (game-time decision)

Matthew Greenfield*
Jordan DeKort

Scratches: LW Jimmy Soper, D Dmitri Sergeev, LW Matia Marcantuoni

Referees: Seth Ferguson, Pat Myers; Linesmen: Cory Piche, Mike Harrington

Posted: August 14th, 2013

Five Erie Otters picks in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection – C Dylan Strome (1st round), D Jesse Saban (2nd), D Cole Mayo (3rd), LW Sean Kohler (6th) LW and Patrick Fellows (7th) – will join 63 other players at Team Ontario’s Under-17 Provincial Camp today through Sunday at General Motors Centre in Oshawa, Ontario.
They are vying for spots on the team that will play in the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, which is set for Dec. 27-Jan. 5 in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Posted: June 28th, 2013

Erie Otters C Connor McDavid, 16, and D Adam Pelech, 18, will join 32 other CHL players – including 11 other OHL players – at Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Development Camp, set for Aug. 4-10 in Brossard, Quebec, and Lake Placid, N.Y.
They will head to Brossard for two days of practices Aug. 4-5 at the Montreal Canadiens’ practice facility before heading to Lake Placid for exhibition games against Finland Aug. 7, Otters G Oscar Dansk and Sweden Aug. 8 and the United States Aug. 10.
McDavid and Pelech will be joined by G Jake Paterson (Saginaw), Ds Matt Finn (Guelph) and Darnell Nurse (Sault Ste. Marie) and Fs Max Domi (London), Brendan Gaunce (Belleville), Bo Horvat (London), Scott Laughton (Oshawa), Sean Monahan (Ottawa), Ryan Rupert (London), Kerby Rychel (Windsor) and Tom Wilson (Plymouth).
* 5 Otters heading to Ontario camp: Five of the Otters’ picks in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection – Fs Dylan Strome (1st round), Sean Kohler (6th round) and Patrick Fellows (7th round) and Ds Jesse Saban (2nd round) and Cole Mayo (3rd round) have been invited to Team Ontario’s Under-17 Provincial Camp, set for Aug. 14-18 at General Motors Centre in Oshawa, Ontario. They will join 63 other players hoping to earn spots on the team that will play in the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge from Dec. 27, 2013, to Jan. 5, 2014, in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Posted: June 16th, 2012

The Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League are proud to announce that defenseman Adam Pelech (Pell-eck) is one of 28 players who will represent Team Canada at the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge in August.

A native of Toronto, Pelech rebounded after an early-season injury and was a steady influence on the blue line, collecting 20 points in 44 games. He was the first player in OHL history to receive the Ivan Tennant and Bobby Smith Awards for academic excellence in April.

At the Otters Annual Awards Banquet in April, Pelech took home Player of the Year and Defenseman of the Year honors, joining Chris Campoli as the only defensemen to be named as Otters Player of the Year.

Pelech has had considerable experience at the international level, winning gold medals with Canada and Team Ontario at the 2011 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka and the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, respectively.

He also helped Canada win a bronze medal at the World Under-18 Championships in the Czech Republic, the country’s first medal at the event since 2008. Pelech served as an assistant captain and was named by opposing coaches as one of Canada’s top three players at the tournament.

The 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge is a collaboration between Hockey Canada, the Canadian Hockey League, Halifax Mooseheads and Halifax Trade Centre Limited, which will see Canada and Russia’s national junior programs face off in four games, two in Russia and two in Canada, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series. The series begins August 9 in Russia and concludes August 14 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Canada’s roster, comprised of three goaltenders, 10 defensemen and 15 forwards, was selected by Kevin Prendergast, head scout of the men’s Program of Excellence for Hockey Canada, along with Hockey Canada senior director of hockey operations and national teams Scott Salmond, and the team’s coaching staff, comprised of head coach Steve Spott, Mario Duhamel, Don Nachbaur and André Tourigny.

- From Erie Otters news release

Posted: June 14th, 2012

The Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League are proud to announce that forward Stephen Harper is one of 40 players invited by Hockey Canada to attend Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp, August 3-6 at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto, Ont.

Harper last played on the international stage at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Windsor, Ont., where he won a bronze medal with Team Ontario. Harper scored two goals in five games during the tournament.

In his first OHL season with the Otters, Harper collected 24 goals and 11 assists, sharing team Rookie of the Year honors with Connor Brown. Harper’s 24 goals were the most among 1995-born players in the OHL last season.

The roster includes four goaltenders, 12 defensemen and 24 forwards. The players, born in 1995 and 1996, were selected by Hockey Canada head scout Kevin Prendergast, in consultation with head coach Todd Gill and assistant coaches Yanick Jean and Scott Walker.

“These players are the cream of the crop of under-18 talent in Canada, and it’s going to be exciting to see them battle for 22 roster spots,” Prendergast said. “As it is every year, there were some tough decisions to get down to 40, and they’ll be even tougher decisions to make to finalize the roster.”

The camp roster includes 17 players from the Ontario Hockey League, 13 from the Western Hockey League and 10 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Of the 40 players who have been invited to the selection camp, 22 will be selected for Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team, which will play in the 2012 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament, scheduled for August 13-18 in Piestany, Slovakia and Breclav, Czech Republic.

Otters defenseman Adam Pelech won a gold medal with Team Canada at last year’s Memorial of Ivan Hlinka.

Also participating in the selection camp is Otters equipment manager Mike Hildenbrand, who is set to begin his third season with the Otters after stints with the Windsor Spitfires and ECHL’s Victoria Salmon Kings.

- From Erie Otters news release