About the Male U17 Program
The U17 program is a partnership with club teams, the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), Branches and Hockey Canada designed to introduce players to International High Performance Hockey which involves a series of short term camps and competitions just as our national teams are exposed to at a higher level. It is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence and a pre-cursor to Canada’s Under 18, World Junior and Men’s National Teams. The U17 program has produced hundreds of NHL draft picks.
Starting in the 2014 – 2015 season, the U17 Program is solely run by the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence. Instead of five (5) Canadian Regional teams (Quebec, Ontario, Pacific, Atlantic and West), the top 100 players from across Canada will be invited to attend one (1) evaluation camp. From this camp, three (3) teams will be selected to represent Canada at the 2018 World U17 Hockey Challenge. The teams will not be based on region. Now the players identified as being the best fit to represent Canada, regardless of where they play, will be selected.
The U17 program has changed to a National focus with the concept of the best of the best players from Canada on teams representing Canada at the U17 World Hockey Challenge. The focus of BC Hockey will now be in regards to the U16 program and the development of the U15 Program. All programming below U17 is at the discretion of BC Hockey but objectives at each level will be clearly defined for the Program of Excellence. The Branches will create programming to meet the objectives and ultimately create a program that will identify and train players for participation on U16 Team BC. This process will provide the national program with the best opportunity to identify players for participation at U17.
Hockey Canada is creating a scouting resource to assist branches with the criteria that the National program uses to identify National team players. The system emphasizes the importance of selecting the proper players for U16 events as these will be the basis of selection for Hockey Canada’s U17 camp.
For more information on the Male U17 Program, please visit the Hockey Canada website.
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