Veleno added to Canada’s roster for U18s

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Photo by David Connell | Saint John Sea Dogs

Joe Veleno was one of six players added to Canada’s entry to the 2018 IIHF World Under-18 Championship on Wednesday.

Veleno, 15th in Future Considerations’ Spring ranking for the 2018 NHL Draft, had 22 goals and 57 assists in 64 games between the Saint John Sea Dogs and Drummondville Voltigeurs in 2017-18. He is joined by goaltender Olivier Rodrigue (No. 83), defenseman Jared McIsaac (No. 17), and forwards Aidan Dudas (No. 45), and Akil Thomas (No. 19).

Veleno, along with Dudas, McIsaac, Rodrigue and Thomas, was part of Canada’s entry that won gold at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup last August.

Raphael Lavoie, eligible for the 2019 draft, was also added to the team.