Friday, April 03, 2009
Hockey Canada and the Canadians Hockey League announced yesterday the 22 players that will make up Canada’s National Men’s Under 18 Team that will compete at the 2009 IIHF World Under 18 Championship in North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota from April 9-19. BC’s Brett Connolly (Prince George, BC), Stefan Elliott (North Vancouver, BC), Landon Ferraro (Vancouver, BC) and Curtis Hamilton (Kelowna, BC) have been selected to the 22 man roster.
Connolly had a sensational year with Prince George Cougars of the WHL finishing the season with 30 goals. In the 2007-08 season he was a member of the Major Midget League Champions, Cariboo Cougars.
Elliott had a great season for the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL finishing with 16 goals and 39 assists positioning himself as a potential top prospect in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He was a member of the 2006-07 Major Midget League Champions, Vancouver North West Giants.
Ferraro had a break-out season this year with the Red Deer Rebels finishing with 37 goals in 68 games. He was also a member of the 2006-07 North West Giants Championship team.
Hamilton finished the 2008-09 season with 20 goals and 28 assists with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL. Prior to his WHL career, he was a member of the Okanagan Rockets of the Major Midget League and in the 2006-07 season he finished with 26 goals and 27 assists in only 37 games of action.
All four (4) players excelled in the BC Hockey High Performance Program. The objective of the BC Hockey High Performance Program is to increase the chances of athletes from BC to compete provincially, nationally and internationally with the ultimate goal of being selected to Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team or National Senior Team.
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