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Four BC Players Named to Canada’s National Junior Team

Thursday, December 15, 2016
 
Hockey Canada has named the 22 players who will represent Team Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec and four (4) BC players have made the list.
 
Player
Pos.
Hometown
Current Team
Mathew Barzal
F
Coquitlam, BC
Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
Tyson Jost
F
Kelowna, BC
University of North Dakota (NCAA)
Dante Fabbro
D
Coquitlam, BC
Boston University (NCAA)
Noah Juulsen
D
Abbotsford, BC
Everett Silvertips (WHL)
 
Barzal, a product of Burnaby Winter Club, suited up for the Vancouver North East Chiefs of the BC Major Midget League (MML) during the 2012-2013 season. In 34 games, he recorded 103 points (29 G, 74 A). He then moved on to the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Seattle Thunderbirds and was drafted sixteenth overall in the 2015 National Hockey League (NHL) Draft by the New York Islanders. Barzal was a member of the 2016 National Junior Team.
 
Jost, a first round pick of the Colorado Avalanche in 2016, played for Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy before joining the MML’s Okanagan Rockets. In 36 games, Jost tallied 44 goals and 44 assists for 88 points en route to a bronze medal at the TELUS Cup. Jost then joined the Penticton Vees (BCHL), scoring 149 points (65 G, 84 A) in 97 games. He is now playing at the University of North Dakota in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. 
 
Fabbro currently plays for the Boston University Terriers in the Hockey East Conference after a successful career with the Penticton Vees where he scored 100 points (18 G, 82 A) in 91 games. A Nashville Predators first round draft pick, Fabbro grew up playing for Burnaby Winter Club and the MML Vancouver North West Giants.
 
Juulsen played for the MML Fraser Valley Thunderbirds during the 2012-2013 season, tallying 25 points (6 G, 19 A) in 25 games. The 6’3” defenseman grew up playing for the Abbotsford Minor Hockey Association and was a first-round draft pick of the Montreal Canadiens in 2015.
 
“We’ve had a great selection camp, and I can see this group of players really beginning to work together and getting better every day,” said Dominique Ducharme, Head Coach of Canada’s National Junior Team. “It’s never easy to make the difficult decisions of releasing players, and that’s a testament to Canada’s depth of talent. We are looking forward to continuing to work with these players to fine-tune our game and be ready when we start the tournament on Boxing Day.”
 
The puck will officially drop on the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, a Canadian holiday tradition, on December 26, 2016 in Montreal and Toronto. The players will don the maple leaf on home ice for the first time since 2015 when Canada won gold in front of a sold-out crowd of over 19,000 fans at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. This year, gold will be won in Montreal.
 
Canada plays three (3) pre-tournament games as part of the RBC Road to the World Juniors prior to opening the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto on Boxing Day against Russia at 5:00PM PT. Team Canada will then face its United States rivals on New Year’s Eve at 12:30PM PT to close out preliminary-round action from Toronto before moving to the Bell Centre in Montreal. Extensive coverage of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship is planned by TSN and RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, including Canada’s three (3) pre-tournament games; check local listings for details.
 
For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Junior Team, and the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter, as well as #WorldJuniors.
 
For more information about BC Hockey, please visit the BC Hockey website at www.bchockey.net or email info@bchockey.net or follow along through social media at www.facebook.com/BCHockeySource, www.twitter.com/BCHockey_Source, www.youtube.com/BCHockeySource or www.instagram.com/BCHockeySource.


 
 

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