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29 WHL-drafted players invited to Hockey Canada U-17 camp

Hockey Canada announced today the 111 players invited to the U-17 development camp. 29 of those 111 players were drafted by WHL teams and 25 of those have signed WHL standard player agreements.

Prince Albert, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Portland, Lethbridge, Kamloops and Kelowna all had two prospects invited, while the Vancouver Giants and Brandon Wheat Kings lead the way with three. One of those for Vancouver, Joel Sexsmith was acquired from the Swift Current Broncos in a trade deadline deal.

These 111 invitees will attend the camp in Calgary from July 21st-27th. From there the players will be scouted throughout the year until the list of 111 is knocked down to 66 players who will play on Canada White, Red or Black teams at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge November 3rd-10th in Saint John and Quispamis, New Brunswick.

Goalies Team Signed?
Garin Bjorklund Medicine Hat Yes
Sebastian Cossa Edmonton Yes
Dylan Garand Kamloops Yes
Bryan Thomson Lethbridge Yes


Defense Team Signed?
Tom Cadieux Tri-City Yes
Aidan De La Gorgendiere Saskatoon Yes
Kaiden Guhle Prince Albert Yes
Ryan Helliwell Portland No
Daemon Hunt Moose Jaw Yes
Vincent Iorio Brandon Yes
Anthony Kehrer Brandon No
Ronan Seeley Everett Yes
Joel Sexsmith Vancouver Yes

-Kehrer is listed as born in the U.S. He has already committed to the University of Wisconsin.

-Ryan Helliwell has committed to the University of Notre Dame.


Forwards Team Signed?
Ethan Bowen Kelowna No
Noah Boyko Lethbridge Yes
Kyle Crnkovic Saskatoon Yes
Ethan Ernst Kelowna Yes
Jack Finley Spokane Yes
Ridly Greig Brandon Yes
Seth Jarvis Portland Yes
Ben King Swift Current Yes
Connor McClennon Kootenay Yes
Payton Mount Seattle Yes
Jake Neighbours Edmonton Yes
Josh Pillar Kamloops Yes
Luke Prokop Calgary Yes
Cole Shepard Vancouver No
Justin Sourdif Vancouver Yes
Ozzy Wiesblatt Prince Albert Yes

-Ethan Bowen has committed to the University of North Dakota.

-Cole Shepard has committed to play for Harvard.

Payton Mount (Brian Liesse)

-Ethan Ernst was the latest Bantam pick invited to the camp. He was taken 61st overall by Kelowna in 2017.


2017 WHL first round picks that were not invited.

-Kaden Kohle – Tri-City

-Cohner Saleski – Prince Albert

-Tyson Phare – Prince George

-Ethan Rowland – Red Deer.



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