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From U17s to the NHL
242 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge alumni earn spots on NHL rosters to open 2017-18 season
Jason La Rose
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October 5, 2017
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The 100th season of NHL hockey faced off Wednesday night, and the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge is well-represented among the league’s 31 teams – in total, 242 U17 alumni were included on season-opening rosters.

The Colorado Avalanche led the way with 12, one ahead of the Arizona Coyotes, Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks and Washington Capitals. Every team has at least three alumni on its roster.

The list includes 43 players with a U17 gold medal on their résumé; the 2009 Ontario entry that won gold in Port Alberni, B.C., has eight members in the NHL (Gudbranson, F. Hamilton, McKegg, Seguin, Skinner, Smith-Pelly, Spooner, Toffoli), more than any other championship team.

Three players from the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, B.C. – Filip Chytil, Martin Necas and Owen Tippett – are the youngest alumni starting the year in the big leagues, while three from the 1995 tournament in Moncton, N.B., remain active – Roberto Luongo, Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton.

The full list of U17 alumni on season-opening NHL rosters includes:

ANAHEIM (10)
Andrew Cogliano (ONT 2004), Cam Fowler (USA 2008), Ryan Getzlaf (WST 2002), John Gibson (USA 2010), Korbinian Holzer (GER 2005), Ondrej Kase (CZE 2012), Corey Perry (ONT 2002), Rickard Rakell (SWE 2010), Nick Ritchie (ONT 2012), Logan Shaw (ATL 2009)

ARIZONA (11)
Adam Clendening (USA 2009), Lawson Crouse (ONT 2014), Max Domi (ONT 2012), Louis Domingue (QUE 2009), Anthony Duclair (QUE 2011-2012), Christian Fischer (USA J2014), Clayton Keller (USA J2014), Brad Richardson (ONT 2002), Tobias Rieder (GER 2009), Luke Schenn (WST 2006), Dylan Strome (ONT J2014)

BOSTON (8)
Anders Bjork (USA 2013), Matt Grzekcyk (USA 2011), Brad Marchand (ATL 2005), Charlie McAvoy (USA J2014), Riley Nash (PAC 2006), David Pastrnak (CZE 2012), Ryan Spooner (ONT 2009), Frank Vatrano (USA 2011)

BUFFALO (8)
Nathan Beaulieu (ATL 2009), Jack Eichel (USA 2013), Evander Kane (PAC 2008), Jake McCabe (USA 2010), Kyle Okposo (USA 2005), Ryan O’Reilly (ONT 2008), Sam Reinhart (PAC 2012), Rasmus Ristolainen (FIN 2010-2011)

CALGARY (6)
Sam Bennett (ONT 2013), Dougie Hamilton (ONT 2010), Freddie Hamilton (ONT 2009), Curtis Lazar (PAC 2012), Sean Monahan (ONT 2011), Matthew Tkachuk (USA J2014),

CAROLINA (9)
Justin Faulk (USA 2009), Haydn Fleury (WST 2013), Noah Hanifin (USA J2014), Janne Kuokkanen (FIN N2014), Martin Necas (CZE 2015), Victor Rask (SWE 2010), Jeff Skinner (ONT 2009), Jordan Staal (ONT 2005), Teuvo Teravainen (FIN 2011)

CHICAGO (7)
Ryan Hartman (USA 2011), John Hayden (USA 2012), Patrick Kane (USA 2005), Duncan Keith (PAC 2000), Brandon Saad (USA 2009), Brent Seabrook (PAC 2002), Jonathan Toews (WST 2005),

COLORADO (12)
Tyson Barrie (PAC 2008), Jonathan Bernier (QUE 2005), Chris Bigras (ONT 2012), J.T. Compher (USA 2012), Matt Duchene (ONT 2008), Erik Johnson (USA 2005), Tyson Jost (CAN-W N2014), Nathan MacKinnon (ATL 2011-2012), Matt Nieto (USA 2009), Mikko Rantanen (FIN 2013), Colin Wilson (USA 2006), Nikita Zadorov (RUS 2012)

COLUMBUS (10)
Gabriel Carlsson (SWE J2014), Pierre-Luc Dubois (CAN-B N2014), Nick Foligno (USA 2004), Scott Harrington (ONT 2010), Jack Johnson (USA 2004), Seth Jones (USA 2011), Sonny Milano (USA 2013), Ryan Murray (WST 2010), Lukas Sedlak (CZE 2010), Zach Werenski (USA J2014)

DALLAS (3)
Stephens Johns (USA 2009), Brett Ritchie (ONT 2010), Tyler Seguin (ONT 2009)

DETROIT (3)
Trevor Daley (ONT 2000), Dylan Larkin (USA 2013), Xavier Ouellet (QUE 2010)

EDMONTON (11)
Laurent Brossoit (PAC 2010), Leon Draisaitl (GER 2012), Jussi Jokinen (FIN 2000), Zack Kassian (ONT 2008), Oscar Klefbom (SWE 2010), Connor McDavid (ONT 2013), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (PAC 2010), Darnell Nurse (ONT 2012), Kris Russell (PAC 2004), Ryan Sttome (ONT 2010), Kailer Yamamoto (USA N2014)

FLORIDA (9)
Aaron Ekblad (ONT 2012-2013), Jonathan Huberdeau (QUE 2010), Roberto Luongo (QUE 1995), Michael Matheson (QUE 2011), Jared McCann (ONT 2013), Jamie McGinn (ONT 2005), Alex Petrovic (PAC 2009), Mark Pysyk (PAC 2009), Owen Tippett (CAN-W 2015)

LOS ANGELES (5)
Jeff Carter (ONT 2002), Drew Doughty (ONT 2006), Adrian Kempe (SWE 2013), Nick Shore (USA 2009), Tyler Toffoli (ONT 2009)

MINNESOTA (9)
Jonas Brodin (SWE 2010), Matt Dumba (PAC 2011), Tyler Ennis (PAC 2012), Joel Eriksson Ek (SWE 2014), Mikael Granlund (FIN 2008), Kyle Quincey (ONT 2002), Eric Staal (ONT 2001), Ryan Suter (USA 2002), Jason Zucker (USA 2009)

MONTREAL (10)
Karl Alzner (PAC 2005), Phillip Danault (QUE 2010), Jacob de la Rose (SWE 2012), Jonathan Drouin (QUE 2012), Brendan Gallagher (PAC 2009), Charles Hudon (QUE 2011), Artturi Lehkonen (FIN 2011), Victor Mete (CAN-R N2014), Al Montoya (USA 2002), Carey Price (PAC 2004)

NASHVILLE (5)
Pontus Aberg (SWE 2010), Viktor Arvidsson (SWE 2010), Samuel Girard (CAN-B N2014), Miikka Salomaki (FIN 2010), P.K. Subban (ONT 2006)

NEW JERSEY (6)
Jesper Bratt (SWE N2014), Will Butcher (USA 2012), Taylor Hall (ONT 2008), Kyle Palmieri (USA 2008), Steven Santini (USA 2012), Damon Severson (WST 2011)

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (10)
Josh Bailey (ONT 2006), Anthony Beauvillier (QUE J2014), Johnny Boychuk (PAC 2001), Casey Cizikas (ONT 2008), Cal Clutterbuck (ONT 2004), Thomas Hickey (PAC 2006), Josh Ho-Sang (ONT 2013), Adam Pelech (ONT 2011), Ryan Pulock (WST 2011), John Tavares (ONT 2006)

NEW YORK RANGERS (9)
Pavel Buchnevich (RUS 2012), Filip Chytil (CZE 2015), J.T. Miller (USA 2010), Rick Nash (ONT 2001), Kevin Shattenkirk (USA 2006), Brady Skjei (2011), Brendan Smith (ONT 2006), Marc Staal (ONT 2004), Mika Zibanejad (SWE 2010)

OTTAWA (6)
Derick Brassard (QUE 2004), Logan Brown (CAN-R N2014), Cody Ceci (ONT 2010), Dion Phaneuf (PAC 2002), Mark Stone (WST 2009), Kyle Turris (PAC 2006)

PHILADELPHIA (9)
Sean Couturier (ATL 2008-2009), Robert Hagg (SWE 2012), Travis Konecny (ONT J2014), Scott Laughton (ONT 2011), Samuel Morin (QUE 2012), Michal Neuvirth (CZE 2005), Nolan Patrick (CAN-R N2014), Travis Sanheim (WST 2013), Jordan Weal (PAC 2009)

PITTSBURGH (5)
Ian Cole (USA 2006), Phil Kessel (USA 2004), Tom Kuhnhackl (GER 2008-2009), Kris Letang (QUE 2004), Greg McKegg (ONT 2009)

SAN JOSE (5)
Logan Couture (ONT 2006), Joonas Donskoi (FIN 2008), Barclay Goodrow (ONT 2010), Kevin Labanc (USA 2012), Joe Thornton (ONT 1995)

ST. LOUIS (5)
Ivan Barbashev (RUS 2012), Brayden Schenn (WST 2008), Jaden Schwartz (WST 2009), Chris Thorburn (ONT 2000), Scottie Upshall (PAC 2000)

TAMPA BAY (6)
Braydon Coburn (WST 2001-2001), Alex Killorn (QUE 2006), Slater Koekkoek (ONT 2011), Vladislav Namestnikov (RUS 2009), Brayden Point (PAC 2013), Mikhail Sergachev (RUS 2014)

TORONTO (9)
Connor Carrick (USA 2011), Eric Fehr (WST 2001), Martin Marincin (SVK 2009), Patrick Marleau (WST 1995), Mitch Marner (ONT J2014), Auston Matthews (USA J2014), William Nylander (SWE 2013), Morgan Rielly (PAC 2011), James van Riemsdyk (USA 2006)

VANCOUVER (11)
Alex Biega (QUE 2005), Alex Burmistrov (RUS 2008), Sam Gagner (ONT 2006), Markus Granlund (FIN 2010), Erik Gudbranson (ONT 2009), Bo Horvat (ONT 2012), Derrick Pouliot (WST 2011), Daniel Sedin (SWE 1997), Henrik Sedin (SWE 1997), Brandon Sutter (PAC 2006), Jake Virtanen (PAC 2013)

VEGAS (8)
William Carrier (QUE 2011), Cody Eakin (WST 2008), Marc-André Fleury (QUE 2002), Erik Haula (FIN 2008), Brendan Leipsic (WST 2011), Brayden McNabb (WST 2008), Calvin Pickard (WST 2009), Griffin Reinhart (PAC 2011)

WASHINGTON (11)
Andre Burakovsky (SWE 2012), Brett Connolly (PAC 2009), Philipp Grubauer (GER 2008), Evgeny Kuznetsov (RUS 2009), Dmitri Orlov (RUS 2008), Brooks Orpik (USA 1997), Alex Ovechkin (RUS 2002), Devante Smith-Pelly (ONT 2009), Chandler Stephenson (WST 2011), Jakub Vrana (CZE 2012), Tom Wilson (ONT 2011)

WINNIPEG (6)
Joel Armia (FIN 2010), Bryan Little (ONT 2004), Adam Lowry (PAC 2010), Josh Morrissey (PAC 2012), Nic Petan (PAC 2012), Jacob Trouba (USA 2011)

For more information:

Vacant
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 

 

Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
[email protected]

 

Spencer Sharkey
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4567 / 905-906-5327 (mobile)
[email protected]

 

Katie Macleod
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427 / 403-612-2893 (mobile)
[email protected]

 

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