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Burroughs and Lawrence Named to Team Canada Roster for U17 Hockey Challenge

October 16, 2019 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) - Owen Sound Attack News Release

Attack forwards Ethan Burroughs and Kaleb Lawrence have been selected to represent Canada at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Burroughs and Lawrence, two second round picks in this year's OHL Priority Selection, will head to Medicine Hat and Swift Current for the tournament taking place from November 2nd to 9th.

Burroughs is currently tied for 7th in scoring among rookies in the OHL, with 3 goals and 5 assists in 9 games played this season. His +6 rating is the highest in the league for a 2003 born player. The former Halton Hurricane has been a fixture in the Attack lineup.

The 6'5 Lawrence has played in three games this season for the Attack, but led all scorers at Hockey Canada's under-17 development camp this past summer in Calgary. The forward from Orleans, Ontario notched four goals with three assists in three games at the camp.

Attack General Manager Dale DeGray is happy for his two players to be recognized: "Ethan and Kaleb have come in and done everything we've asked of them so far. Ethan is excelling already and our coaching staff is willing to play him in every game situation, which says a lot about his level of play." He adds: "Kaleb had a great summer with the program, he has a ton of talent and great hands for a big kid, and it's great that he's getting this opportunity."

The Owen Sound Attack are pleased to have two of our players represent the club on a national stage and wish Ethan and Kaleb the best of luck as they head west later this month.

More details on the World U-17 Hockey Challenge:

Hockey Canada announced Wednesday the 66 players selected to represent Canada at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, set for Nov. 2-9 in Medicine Hat, Alta., and Swift Current, Sask.

The 66 players will be divided into three teams - Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red and Team Canada White - and will compete against the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the United States in their quest for a gold medal.

In July, 112 players were invited to participate in Canada's national under-17 development camp and introduced to the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence. The players chosen to represent Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge were selected by Brad McEwen (Whitewood, Sask.), head scout for Hockey Canada, with assistance from U17 Program of Excellence management group lead Martin Mondou (Grand-Mère, Que./Shawinigan, QMJHL), as well as regional scouts Rob Simpson (Ontario), Jason Smart (West), Darren Sutherland (Atlantic), Shaun Sutter (West) and Darrell Woodley (Ontario).

"After a successful development camp with the top young players in the country, there were many difficult decisions made to select the 66 players that will compete at this year's World Under-17 Hockey Challenge," said McEwen. "We feel this group exemplifies the values of the Program of Excellence and will represent Canada with pride as we compete for a gold medal this November."

The tournament opens with all three Canadian teams in action Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. MT; Team Canada Red takes on Russia at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex in Swift Current and Team Canada Black faces off against Team Canada White at the Canalta Centre in Medicine Hat.

TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will air the semifinal in Medicine Hat on Friday, Nov. 8, as well as the bronze and gold medal games on Saturday, Nov. 9; please check local listings for details. Media accreditation for the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge can be requested online.

Prior to the start of play, the teams will take to the ice for pre-tournament games Thursday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. MT. Team Canada Black will match up against Finland at the Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre in Shaunavon, Sask., Sweden will play the Czech Republic at the Centennial Regional Arena in Brooks, Alta., Team Canada White will face off against Russia at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex in Swift Current and Team Canada Red will meet the United States at the Canalta Centre in Medicine Hat.

After a successful ticket launch, event organizers have announced that single-game tickets will be available for purchase starting at $10 for youth and $15 for adults on Oct. 16, and can be purchased online at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets.

Medicine Hat and Swift Current will receive the net proceeds from all ticket sales as a legacy of the event to support grassroots hockey within their communities. Additionally, recent editions of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge have resulted in as much as $6 million in economic impact within the host communities.

More than 1,800 NHL draft picks have suited up since the inception of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (previously known as the Quebec Esso Cup) in 1986, including 14 first-overall draft picks since 2001 (Ilya Kovalchuk, 2001; Rick Nash, 2002; Marc-André Fleury, 2003; Alexander Ovechkin, 2004; Erik Johnson, 2006; Patrick Kane, 2007; John Tavares, 2009; Taylor Hall, 2010, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 2011; Nathan MacKinnon, 2013; Aaron Ekblad, 2014; Connor McDavid, 2015; Auston Matthews, 2016; Jack Hughes, 2019).

For more information on the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter.


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