The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will take place from November 2-9 in Saskatchewan and Alberta this fall.
Amongst the 66 players selected to compete for one of the three Canadian teams are three Manitobans – Carson Lambos, Tyler Brennan and Conner Roulette. All three players are originally from Winnipeg and are currently playing in the Western Hockey League. Additionally, one player dressing for the Manitoba-based Winnipeg ICE squad, Matthew Savoie has also cracked the Canadian team.
Lambos and Savoie have spent the first few games of the 2019-20 WHL season with the recently relocated Winnipeg ICE. Lambos (2003) has four goals and nine points in 10 games, while Savoie (2004) is pointless in just four contests thus far. Brennan (2003) has suited up for two games for the Prince George Cougars, posting a 1.11 goals against average and a .950 save percentage. Roulette (2003) has four goals in eight games for the Seattle Thunderbirds.
Back in late July, 112 Canadian players under the age of 17 were invited to participate in a week-long development camp in Calgary, AB., aimed to prepare the players for the upcoming competition. Besides Lambos, Brennan and Roulette, defenceman Hudson Thornton of Winnipeg was also invited to tryout for the squad.
The 66 successful tryout candidates have been divided between Canada’s three teams (Canada Black, Red and White) competing at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, which runs in early November from Swift Current, SK and Medicine Hat, AB. Pre-tournament games will occur on October 31 in Medicine Hat, Brooks and Shaunovan.