Mitchell & Gourley Named to Team Canada for World U17s

CALGARY, Alta. – The three Canadian team rosters are set for the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, coming up October 30 to November 7 in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, B.C.  Defencemen Ian Mitchell (Spruce Grove Saints) and Jarrod Gourley (Brooks Bandits) were both named to Team Canada White.

The 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge brings together the top players in the world born in 1999 or later. The three Canadian teams will be joined by the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, and the United States, forming two groups of four teams. All eight teams will qualify for the quarter-finals, with the winners advancing to the semifinals, and losers facing off in placement games.

The 22-game tournament will officially kick off November 1st at the Encana Events Centre in Dawson Creek with Team Canada Black taking on Team Canada White, while Team Canada Red opens its tournament against Finland at the North Peace Arena in Fort St. John. Both cities will also host two pre-tournament games on October 30th.

Six CJHL players were named to one of the three teams in an announcement made yesterday by Hockey Canada.  The Canadian players have been assigned to one of three teams – Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red, and Team Canada White.

The following are the CJHL players named to the team:

Ian Blacker            Oakville Blades                     OJHL

Jarrod Gourley       Brooks Bandits                      AJHL

Jacob McGrath      St. Michaels Buzzers             OJHL

Greg Meireles        Ottawa Jr. Senators              CCHL

Griffen Mendel       Penticton Vees                     BCHL

Ian Mitchell           Spruce Grove Saints             AJHL