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BC Players Invited to National U17 Development Camp
Monday, June 20, 2016
Hockey Canada announced that 11 BC players have been invited to attend the National U17 Development Camp from July 26 – August 1, 2016 in Calgary, Alberta.
BC players invited to the National U17 Development Camp include:
2015-2016 Team/Minor Hockey Association
Seth Bafaro
Kamloops, BC
Okanagan Hockey Academy
Luka Burzan
Surrey, BC
Valley West Hawks
Ethan Cap
North Vancouver, BC
Vancouver North West Giants
Ryan Chyzowski
Kamloops, BC
Thompson Blazers
Gianni Fairbrother
North Vancouver, BC
Burnaby Winter Club
Matthew Leduc
Richmond, BC
Burnaby Winter Club
Jackson Leppard
North Vancouver, BC
Vancouver North West Giants
Tyler Popowich
Surrey, BC
Okanagan Hockey Academy
Jackson Shepard
North Vancouver, BC
Vancouver North West Giants
Luke Zazula
Langley, BC
Delta Hockey Academy
Eli Zummack
Kelowna, BC
Okanagan Rockets
Bafaro tallied 17 points (4 goals, 13 assists) while playing for Okanagan Hockey Academy’s White Prep team this season. His Western Hockey League (WHL) rights are owned by the Tri-City Americans.
Burzan helped the Hawks to a BC Major Midget League (MML) Championship with 47 points (16 goals, 31 assists) in 29 regular season games. He was drafted sixth overall by the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors.
Cap scored 17 points (3 goals, 14 assists) from the blue line for the Giants. He was drafted eleventh overall by the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL.
Chyzowski, a first round draft pick of the WHL’s Medicine Hat Tigers, scored 22 points (14 goals, 8 assists) for the Blazers in 31 games this season.
Fairbrother spent the season playing for Burnaby Winter Club’s “Elite 15” team that competed in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL). He scored a total of 18 points (5 goals, 13 assists) in 35 games, earning the CSSHL’s Elite 15 “Top Defenseman” award. His WHL rights are owned by the Everett Silvertips.
Leduc also played for Burnaby Winter Club’s Elite 15 team, and tallied a total of 15 points (1 goal, 14 assists) in 26 games. He was drafted in the second round by the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs.
Leppard was drafted eighth overall by the Prince George Cougars. He spent the 2015-2016 season with the Vancouver North West Giants, where he scored 14 goals and 17 assists for a total of 31 points in 34 games.
Popowich was drafted third overall by the Vancouver Giants in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. He suited up for Okanagan Hockey Academy’s White Prep team this season and scored 42 points (15 goals 27 assists) in 33 CSSHL games.
Shepard scored 42 points (13 goals, 29 assists) in 37 games for the Giants this season. He was a second round draft pick of the Kamloops Blazers.
Zazula played for Delta Hockey Academy’s Prep team this season, and notched a total of 26 points (6 goals, 20 assists) in CSSHL play this season. He was selected in the fourth round of the WHL Bantam Draft by the Kamloops Blazers.
Zummack, a second round draft pick of the Red Deer Rebels, finished fifth in the MML in scoring this season, tallying 52 points (14 goals, 38 assists) in 37 games for the Okanagan Rockets.
From July 26, 2016 to August 1, 2016, 111 players will participate in practices and a mini-tournament on one (1) of six (6) teams at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park.  From the development camp, 66 players will be selected to represent Canada on one (1) of three (3) national teams – Black, Red and White – at the 2016 World U17 Hockey Challenge taking place October 28, 2016 – November 5, 2016 in Sault Ste. Marie, ON.
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