The roster was chosen by Canada West head coach Tim (Sherwood Park, AJHL) along with assistant coaches Paul Dyck (Steinbach, MJHL), Mike Reagan (Flin Flon, SJHL) and Barry Wolff (Coquitlam, BCHL), and director of hockey operations Trevor Alto (BCHL).
“While only participating in one of the three scrimmages in camp, Jost and Fabbro will surely be leaders for Team West at the World Junior A Challenge,” Future Considerations head West scout Zenon Herasymiuk said. “They are the only returning players and will be play a big role in any success that Team West has.”
In 30 games for the Vees this season, Jost has 24 goals and 60 points.
“He’s a dynamic offensive forward with amazing offensive instincts,” Herasymiuk said. “He instinctively gravitates to scoring areas and has the skill and smarts to exploit gaps in the defense. His intelligence allows him to be a difference maker in all areas of the ice.”
Fabbro, who has played 24 games, has seven goals and 39 points.
“Fabbro is a smooth and crafty defenseman that has no trouble transitioning the puck under pressure,” Herasymiuk said. “He consistently executes at a high level and plays with a ton of poise. He will be a big minute anchor on the backend that will be relied upon to match-up against opposing teams’ top lines while generating offense. ”
Fabbro, 10th, and Jost, 17th, were both in Future Considerations’ November ranking for the 2016 NHL Draft.
The World Junior A Challenge will be held Dec. 13-19 in Cobourg and Whitby, Ont.
“We had quite the task to go from the 60 players invited to selection camp to this final 22-player roster,” Fragle said in a statement. “I’m happy with what we saw at camp, and of the welcome we had in Leduc, and I’m confident we have a strong team heading into this year’s World Junior A Challenge. We’ll be ready to compete.”