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By the numbers

A closer look inside Canada’s national under-17 development camp

Jason La Rose
July 29, 2015

As Canada’s under-17 hopefuls arrive in Calgary on Wednesday, take a look at a few facts and figures:

1 – under-age player; Joseph Veleno is the youngest player attending, and first player born in the 2000s (01/13/2000) to take part in a Hockey Canada national team camp

3 – players drafted first overall in their respective CHL drafts (David Levin – Sudbury, OHL, 2015; Stelio Mattheos – Brandon, WHL, 2014; Joseph Veleno – Saint John, QMJHL, 2015)

4 – members of the Grenadiers de Châteauguay, silver medallists at the 2015 TELUS Cup, Canada’s National Midget Championship (Maxime Comtois, Kyle Jessiman, Antoine Morand, William Poirier)

5 – Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (QMJHL) draft picks, more than any other CHL team (Antoine Crête-Belzile, Shaun Miller, Anthony Poulin, Jacob Stewart, Joël Teasdale)

6 – members of the Toronto Marlboros, 2015 OHL Cup champions (C.J. Clarke, MacKenzie Entwistle, Ben Jones, Jacob McGrath, Ryan McLeod, Matthew Strome)

6’0” 182 – average height and weight of the players attending camp; goaltender Aidan Hughes (6’3” 246) is the largest player, and forward Adam Dawe (5'6" 149) is the smallest

7 – members of the Okanagan Hockey Academy (White), CSSHL Prep Division champions, more than any other team (Jordan Bellerive, Jordan Hollett, Griffin Mendel, Michael Rasmussen, Brendan Semchuk, Jonathan Smart, Scott Walford)

17 – players who helped Ontario win the gold medal at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C. (Ian Blacker, Brendan Bonello, Jakob Brahaney, Hayden Davis, Michael DiPietro, Zach Gallant, Joseph Garreffa, Brady Gilmour, Ben Jones, Ryan McLeod, Greg Meireles, Brett Neumann, Markus Phillips, Isaac Ratcliffe, Nick Suzuki, Owen Tippett, Reilly Webb)

45 – players from Ontario, more than any other province (Quebec – 21; Alberta – 12; B.C. – 11; Manitoba – 6; Nova Scotia – 6; Saskatchewan – 4; New Brunswick – 2; Newfoundland & Labrador – 1; P.E.I. – 1; Arizona – 1)

54 – Canadian Hockey League teams, out of 60, with draft picks attending camp (WHL – 21/22; OHL – 19/20; QMJHL – 14/18); teams not included are Baie Comeau (QMJHL), Barrie (OHL), Gatineau (QMJHL), Quebec (QMJHL), Seattle (WHL), Sherbrooke (QMJHL)

59 – staff members who will participate in camp (Hockey Canada staff, directors of operations, head coaches, assistant coaches, goaltending coaches, video coaches, skills coaches, fitness coaches, scouts, equipment managers, athletic therapists, mental skills coaches and doctors)

110 – players attending, two more than last year’s inaugural under-17 camp

187 – population (according to the 2001 Census of Canada) of Calahoo, Alta., hometown of defenceman Ian Mitchell and the smallest of any player attending camp

For more information:

Dominick Saillant
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
[email protected]


Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
[email protected]


Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
Office: 403-777-4567
Mobile: 905-906-5327
[email protected]


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