On Wednesday, Hockey Canada announced the names of the 113 players that were invited to a virtual camp for the 2020 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
The tournament, which will happen in Charlottetown and Summerside, P.E.I on Oct. 31st to Nov. 7th, will feature three teams from Canada out of the eight available slots.
Out of the 49 players that were selected from the OHL alone, three of them came from the Steelheads. Zak Lavoie, Owen Beck and Carson Christy were all selected and will be reporting to virtual development camp. There, draft picks from the three CHL leagues will develop in six different teams. Before the tournament starts, the cuts will half the current size with six teams turning into three.
Lavoie was drafted in the first round at seventh overall out of the Toronto Nationals. He was the first to reach 10 goals in the 2019-20 season in the AAA league. Beck was drafted 29th overall in the second round. Christy was 38th overall.
The tournament historically had eight teams with three coming from Canada. The other five spaces are from Russia, Sweden, Finland, U.S and Czech Republic.
If the OHL season starts on time and before the tournament, all three draftees will be expected to join the Steelheads. Fans of the team will have plenty of time to see the new draftees in action before they play against the world in the Fall.