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Major Midget League Players Named to Team Canada Rosters for 2016 World U17 Hockey Challenge
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Hockey Canada finalized the three (3) Canadian team rosters participating at the 2016 World U17 Hockey Challenge in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario from October 27, 2016 to November 5, 2016.  Among those selected are two (2) former and two (2) current BC Major Midget League (MML) players.

The players selected to represent their country during the seven (7) day competition have been assigned to one (1) of three (3) teams; Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red and Team Canada White.

Former MML players named to rosters are:



MML Team

WHL Team

Luka Burzan


Valley West Hawks

Moose Jaw Warriors

Jackson Leppard

North Vancouver

Vancouver North West Giants

Prince George Cougars

Current MML players named to rosters are:



MML Team

WHL Team

Eli Zummack


Okanagan Rockets

Spokane Chiefs

Jackson Shepard

North Vancouver

Valley West Hawks

Kamloops Blazers

Burzan and Zummack will play together on Team Canada Black, while Leppard and Shepard have been named to Team Canada White.

Burzan finished the 2015-2016 campaign with the Valley West Hawks with 47 points in just 29 games.  Earlier this year, he helped Team Canada capture silver at the 2016 Youth Olympic Games.  In his rookie season with the Warriors, Burzan has netted three (3) goals and three (3) assists so far.

In his only year in the MML, Leppard netted 31 points in 34 games for the Vancouver North West Giants during the 2015-2016 season.  Leppard was selected eighth overall in the 2015 Western Hockey League (WHL) Bantam Draft by the Prince George Cougars.  He played two (2) games with the team last season and in two (2) so far this season.

In his second season with the Okanagan Rockets, Zummack posted 52 points from 14 goals and 38 assists last season and has 15 points in just six (6) games so far this season.  He was drafted thiry-sixth overall in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft by the Red Deer Rebels, and was transferred to the Spokane Chiefs in January 2016.

Shepard has started the 2016-2017 season with the Kamloops Blazers and has notched three (3) points in the first nine (9) games.  Last season, he played with the MML Vancouver North West Giants, scoring 42 points off 13 goals and 29 assists in 37 games.  He was named to the Valley West Hawks roster this season, but has yet to play a game due to his WHL play.

Burzan, Leppard, Zummack and Shepard competed on Team BC at the 2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, bringing home the bronze medal.

Full Team Canada rosters can be found here.  The players were selected following a development camp in July in Calgary, Alberta.

The World U17 Hockey Challenge features the three (3) Canadian teams, along with teams from Russia, the United States, Finland, the Czech Republic and Sweden.  Team Canada Black, Team Canada White, the Czech Republic and the United States will play in Group A, while Team Canada Red, Finland Russia and Sweden will comprise Group B.

Tournament action gets underway on Sunday, October 30, 2016 when Team Canada Red takes on Finland, followed by Team Canada Black facing the 2015 champions, Team Canada White.  The gold medal game will be played on Saturday, November 5, 2016. All preliminary-round games, the quarter-finals and placement games will be available via webcast at  Hockey Canada’s broadcast partners, TSN and RDS, will televise the gold-medal game on Saturday, November 5, 2016, as well as the semifinal and bronze-medal games.  The 2016 World U17 Hockey Challenge schedule can be found on the Hockey Canada website.

The World U17 Hockey Challenge is presented by Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) and the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF).  Since the first World U17 Hockey Challenge (then known as the Quebec Esso Cup) in 1986, more than 1,600 National Hockey League (NHL) draft picks have played in the tournament, including 13 of the last 16 first-overall selections, including Burnaby Winter Club product Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Burnaby, BC) in 2011.

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