Winnipeggers Anthony Kehrer and Seth Jarvis of the Midget Prep Nationals were chosen to strut their stuff at this summer’s national camp. Jarvis – a 16-year-old right winger – put up 32 goals and 60 points in 32 CSSHL games this past season before joining the Portland Winterhawks to close out his 2017-18 season. Jarvis will play out his junior hockey career in the WHL with Portland.
Kehrer, a defenceman, collected five goals and 17 points in 23 games for the Midget Nationals. The 16-year-old has committed to play NCAA at the University of Wisconsin beginning in the 2020-21 season. He will spend time with the Sioux City Musketeers in preparation for Division I college hockey
Kehrer’s WHL rights are owned by Manitoba’s own Brandon Wheat Kings. Alongside Kehrer, the Wheat Kings have two other prospects attending the U-17 development camp, as both Ridly Greig and Vinny Iorio were also chosen to participate.
Iorio hails from Coquitlam, B.C., while Greig was born in Lethbridge, AB.
In all, 111 players from across the country received invites to the development camp, however, only 28 invitations were sent to players currently belonging to Western Hockey League teams. Kehrer, Jarvis, Greig and Iorio will round out the four goaltenders, 10 defencemen and 14 forwards hand selected from the WHL to attend the Hockey Canada camp.
In total, 12 goaltenders, 36 defencemen and 63 forwards will make up six teams for the annual end of July spectacle. These players will undergo vigorous on/off-ice training, exhibition games, development sessions, body/health classes and workouts over the week-long development camp.
66 of the 111 will be named to three national teams representing Canada at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in November. Players will be chosen to play on either Team Canada White, Team Canada Red or Team Canada Black. The tournament runs from November 3rd to 10th in Saint John, NB.