Seven Hamilton Bulldogs prospects are ready to take part in the 2017 OHL Gold Cup. The eight-team tournament begins today in Kitchener and runs until Sunday.
The OHL Gold Cup is an annual showcase event featuring the top under-16 talent in Ontario. As part of the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence, select players from the OHL Gold Cup will be invited to attend the National Under-17 Selection Camp, where they will have a chance to compete with other top talent from across Canada, to earn a spot at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
All seven Bulldogs prospects picked to take part were selected in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection.
Connor McMichael (OMHA White), Liam Van Loon (ALLIANCE), Xavier Henry (GTHL Red), Zach Roy (GTHL Blue), Navrin Mutter (ALLIANCE), Jordan Stock (ALLIANCE) and Ford Ondrovic (HEO).
“The Ontario Hockey League is pleased to once again partner with the OHF and Hockey Canada for the 2017 OHL Gold Cup. This great partnership has, and will continue to, develop some of the very best players from across Ontario who will compete for a spot on Team Canada’s Under-17 selection camp in July,” said Joe Birch, the OHL Senior Director of Hockey Development and Special events.
Highlights from the OHL Gold Cup Rosters:
- 19 of the 21 players selected in the first round of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection are on OHL Gold Cup rosters.
- 132 of 160 OHL Gold Cup players were picked in the OHL Priority Selection
- Top minor midget teams represented: Thunder Bay Kings (8), Quinte Red Devils (8), Sudbury Wolves (8), Mississauga Reps (7), North Bay Trappers (7), London Jr. Knights (6), Whitby Wildcats (6), Mississauga Rebels (6), Vaughan Kings (6)
- From the 2016 event, 28 OHL Gold Cup alumni were selected to play for Hockey Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (the largest Ontario contingent since the inception of the three Canadian team system)
The Championship game will be played Sunday May 7th at 12:30 pm at the Activa Sportsplex in Kitchener.
Complete rosters and the schedule are available at ohlgoldcup.com.n