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Foudy & Cuylle Among 66 Players to Represent Canada at U17s

October 16, 2018 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) - Windsor Spitfires News Release

(Windsor, ON) - Rookie forwards Jean-Luc Foudy and Will Cuylle are among the 66 players chosen today to represent Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, November 3rd to 10th in Saint John and Quispamsis, New Brunswick.

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 tournament opens Saturday, November 3rd in Quispamsis when Finland takes on Sweden at 3:30 p.m.

More than 1,700 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 13 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; and Auston Matthews, 2016).

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