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World Juniors: Seeley, Zellweger to Team Canada Development Camp

July 21, 2021 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Everett Silvertips News Release


EVERETT, Wash. - The Everett Silvertips (@WHLSilvertips), two-time Western Conference champions and eight time U.S. Division champions of the Western Hockey League, announced in conjunction with Hockey Canada that defensemen Ronan Seeley and Olen Zellweger have been named to Hockey Canada's National Junior Team summer development camp, July 28-Aug. 4 at the Seven Chiefs Sportsplex (on the Tsuut'ina Nation) near Calgary.

Both players, joining Silvertips general manager and head coach Dennis Williams (Team Canada assistant coach), and Silvertips alumnus and hockey operations senior manager Tyler Dietrich, will be among 51 players invited to attend the camp, spanning eight days to provide various on and off-ice sessions and intrasquad games against the program's Men's Summer Under-18 Team for two days. The event serves as preparation for Team Canada roster selection for the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship, in Edmonton and Red Deer coming up in December and January.

Seeley, who turns 19 on Aug. 2, this past season tied for the Silvertips lead among defensemen with 17 points (5g-12a) in 23 games and led the entire program with a +18 rating. He earned six power play points, four power play assists, and scored a game-winning goal as part of a Silvertips team that won the U.S. Division with a 19-4 record (38 points).

The native of Olds, Alberta has 51 points (9g-49a) and a +51 rating in 138 career WHL games, all with the Silvertips, and has skated for two U.S. Division championship clubs. He has Team Canada experience at the 2018 World U17 Hockey Challenge, suiting up in five games for Canada-White. Seeley was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the seventh round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.

Zellweger, a 2003-born defenseman ranked 45th by NHL Central Scouting (North American skaters) and 54th overall by TSN ahead of the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, appeared in 11 games this past season for the Silvertips and earned 13 points (2g-11a), five power play assists, and one game-winning goal. He left the Silvertips for the remainder of the shortened season to help Team Canada capture the gold medal at the Under-18 World Championships, where he tied the program's lead among defensemen with eight points (1g-7a) in seven games.

The native of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta has 25 points (4g-21a) and a +25 rating in 70 career WHL games, all with the Silvertips, and was selected in the second round by the Silvertips in the 2018 WHL Draft. With Team Canada-Red at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, he earned a pair of assists in five games.

Team Canada at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship will be led behind the bench by Head Coach Dave Cameron along with Williams in the assistant coach role, in addition to Michael Dyck, Louis Robitaille, goaltending consultant Olivier Michaud, and Program of Excellence management group lead Allan Millar.

COMING UP:

- PRE-SEASON NHL HOCKEY: The "Three Rink Rush" and the Silvertips host a battle between the Seattle Kraken and Edmonton Oilers at Angel of the Winds Arena on Oct. 1.

- OPENING NIGHT in downtown Everett: the Silvertips host the Portland Winterhawks at Angel of the Winds Arena, Oct. 8 at 7:05 p.m. | TIPS TICKET PACKAGE INFO

- The Silvertips will open their 19th season in the WHL on Oct. 2, visiting the Kelowna Rockets at 7:05pm.

- Silvertips pre-season: Opens Sept. 10 vs. Spokane at 6pm as part of the Silvertips Pre-Season Classic at Angel of the Winds Arena. Ticket information will be announced soon.

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