RED DEER, AB (League Release) – Rookie Everett Silvertips forwards Ty Mappin and Tyler Sandhu were among the players named this afternoon when Hockey Alberta and BC Hockey announced the 22-player roster that will represent Team Pacific at the 2013 World Junior Under 17 Hockey Challenge. The event runs from December 29, 2012 to January 4, 2013 in Victoriaville/Drummondville, Quebec.
Sandhu (Richmond, BC) is currently tied for fourth on the Silvertips with five goals and 14th among all WHL rookies with nine total points so far this season. Originally a second-round bantam pick of Portland, Sandhu was acquired in a trade with the Winterhawks in May. Mappin (Big Valley, AB) was Everett’s first-round selection (7th overall) in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft. The skilled 5-foot-11, 170-pound centerman has scored one goal and assisted on four others in 19 games for the Silvertips this year.
Team Pacific is comprised of 11 players from BC and 11 players from Alberta. Hockey Alberta and BC Hockey each identified 34 U17 male athletes (4 G, 12 D, 18 F) from their respective provincial evaluation camps to participate in the joint regional camp in July. From the regional camp, these players were evaluated during the first part of their club’s team season by the Team Pacific evaluators. 18 of the 22 players selected to Team Pacific currently play in the Western Hockey League.
“With this being the first year of the combined regional camp, it made for a unique evaluation process,” said Team Pacific Head Coach Jason Becker. “Wade Klippenstein, the Pacific region head scout, has done a great job in creating a fair and positive evaluation process.”
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“Wade and his staff have done a terrific job evaluating every kid, getting the reports done and giving the coaches the best information possible to help us create the team we wanted,” added Becker. “They have done all the ground work and now it will be up to the Team Pacific staff to put together the best team possible on the ice.”
The 2013 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge brings together the top players in the world born 1996 or later. The tournament is made up of 10 teams; five (5) from Canada – Quebec, Ontario, Pacific (Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Yukon), Atlantic (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island) and West (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nunavut) and five (5) international teams including the United States.
Team Pacific will be competing in Group A at the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge with Team West, Sweden, Finland and Russia. Group B will comprise of the U.S., Slovakia, Ontario, Team Atlantic and Quebec. Team Pacific will play an exhibition game against the United States on December 28 before they play their first preliminary round contest against defending gold medalist Russia on December 29.
The Under 17 program is the first stop in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence. Many players who compete at the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge go on to represent Canada with the National Men’s Under 18 Team, National Junior Team and National Men’s Team.
For more information on the 2013 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca/wu17.