Canada announces entry for U18 championship

Aaron Vickers2017 Draft Center, International Events

Photo by Nicolas Simoneau

Team Canada has their entry for the 2017 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

Forwards Maxime Comtois, Matthew Strome and Isaac Ratcliffe, defensemen Josh Brook and Ian Mitchell, and goaltender Ian Scott are among the 20 names set to represent Canada at the World Under-18 Championship in Poprad and Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia from April 13-23.

Canada can add up to three more players to its roster before the playoff round starts on April 20.

Comtois, Canada’s highest-ranked player in Future Considerations’ Spring ranking for the 2017 NHL Draft at 21st overall, had 22 goals and 51 points in 64 games with the Victoriaville Tigres this season. He also represented Canada at the tournament in 2016, and had four goals and five points in four games for Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial in August.

Ratcliffe, ranked 23rd, had 28 goals and 54 points in 67 games for the Guelph Storm, and Strome, ranked 27th, had 34 goals and 62 points in 66 games for the Hamilton Bulldogs. Like Comtois, he represented Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial last summer.

Goaltenders

Alexis Gravel (Halifax Mooseheads)
Jake McGrath (Sudbury Wolves)
Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders)

Defensemen

Josh Brook (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Jocktan Chainey (Halifax Mooseheads)
Jared McIsaac (Halifax Mooseheads)
Ian Mitchell (Spruce Grove Saints)
Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs)
Jett Woo (Moose Jaw Warriors)

Forwards

Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Spokane Chiefs)
Maxime Comtois (Victoriaville Tigres)
Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds)
MacKenzie Entwistle (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Liam Hawel (Guelph Storm)
Stelio Mattheos (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Jack McBain (Toronto Jr. Canadiens)
Kyle Olson (Tri-City Americans)
Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm)
Nate Schnarr (Guelph Storm)
Matthew Strome (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)