THREE NOVA SCOTIANS SELECTED TO REPRESENT CANADA AT WORLD U17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE
Oct. 18, 2017
CALGARY, Alta. – A trio of Nova Scotians have been announced by Hockey Canada as part of its 66-player roster selected to represent the country at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, Nov. 5-11 in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, B.C.
The 66 players will be divided into three teams representing Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red, and Team Canada White when they compete against the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, and the United States in their quest for a gold medal.
Halifax’s Justin Barron, a 15-year old defenceman with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, will skate with one of those national rosters. Barron, who played with the Halifax McDonald’s of the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League (NSMMHL) last year, has one goal and four assists in 11 games with the Mooseheads this season.
Barron will be joined on the blue line by Noah Laaouan of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Laaouan, a former defenceman with Dartmouth Steele Subaru Major Midget program, has two registered two assists in 9 games with Cape Breton this year.
Rounding out the Nova Scotia contingent at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge is Falmouth native Bailey Peach (Sherbrooke Phoenix, QMJHL). Peach spent last season with the Cole Harbour WolfPack Major Midget team before joining Sherbrooke this year. The 5'10, 167 lb. forward has one goal and three assists in his first 11 QMJHL games.
(PHOTO: Noah Laaouan, Justin Barron and Bailey Peach will represent Canada at the World U17 Hockey Challenge next month.)
In July, 111 players were invited to the week-long national under-17 development camp, marking the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence. The players chosen to compete at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge were selected by Brad McEwen (Whitewood, Sask.), Hockey Canada’s head scout, in consultation with U17 POE management group lead Steve Staios (Hamilton, Ont./Hamilton, OHL), along with regional scouts Carl Bouchard (Quebec), Barclay Branch (Ontario), Barclay Parneta (West), Kevin Mitchell (Atlantic), and Darrell Woodley (Ontario).
“There is a strong, talented, and skilled group of players to choose from and we feel the 66 we have selected are a great representation of the depth of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence,” said McEwen. “These young men have demonstrated an ability to learn, grow, and develop while giving Canada the best chance at bringing home gold on Canadian ice.”
The tournament opens Nov. 5 at the Encana Events Centre in an all-Canadian affair as last year’s silver-medallist, Team Canada Black, takes on Team Canada White at 2:30 p.m. MT (4:30 p.m. ET). The opening day concludes with Sweden facing Russia at North Peace Arena in Fort St. John.
TSN and RDS, the official broadcasters for Hockey Canada, will air one semifinal and the bronze- and gold-medal games; please check local listings for details.
More than 1,600 NHL draft picks have suited up since the inception of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in 1986 (previously known as the Quebec Esso Cup), including 13 of the last 16 first-overall draft picks (Ilya Kovalchuk, 2001; Rick Nash, 2002; Marc-André Fleury, 2003; Alexander Ovechkin, 2004; Erik Johnson, 2006, Patrick Kane, 2007; John Tavares, 2009; Taylor Hall, 2010, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 2011; Nathan MacKinnon, 2013; Aaron Ekblad, 2014; Connor McDavid, 2015 and Auston Matthews, 2016).
Hockey Nova Scotia would like to congratulate Justin, Noah and Bailey on their selection to Team Canada and wish them the best of luck at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.