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The 2017 World U17 Hockey Challenge will be held in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, BC from October 30, 2015 - November 7, 2015.  The tournament will feature three (3) Canadian teams (Red, Black and White) who will be joined by the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the United States.

For more information on the 2017 World U17 Hockey Challenge, please visit the Hockey Canada website.

About the Male U17 Program

The U17 program is a partnership with club teams, the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), Branches and Hockey Canada designed to introduce players to International High Performance Hockey which involves a series of short term camps and competitions just as our national teams are exposed to at a higher level.  It is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence and a pre-cursor to Canada’s Under 18, World Junior and Men’s National Teams.  The U17 program has produced hundreds of NHL draft picks.

For the 2014 – 2015 season, the U17 Program will be solely run by the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence.   Instead of five (5) Canadian Regional teams (Quebec, Ontario, Pacific, Atlantic and West), the top 100 players from across Canada will be invited to attend one (1) evaluation camp.  From this camp, three (3) teams will be selected to represent Canada at the 2014 World U17 Hockey Challenge.  The teams will not be based on region.  Now the players identified as being the best fit to represent Canada, regardless of where they play, will be selected.

The Under 17 program has changed to a National focus with the concept of the best of the best players from Canada on teams representing Canada at the U17 World Hockey Challenge.  The focus of BC Hockey will now be in regards to the U16 program and the development of the U15 Program. All programming below U17 is at the discretion of BC Hockey but objectives at each level will be clearly defined for the Program of Excellence.  The Branches will create programming to meet the objectives and ultimately create a program that will identify and train players for participation on U16 Team BC. This process will provide the national program with the best opportunity to identify players for participation at U17.

Hockey Canada is creating a scouting resource to assist branches with the criteria that the National program uses to identify National team players. The system emphasizes the importance of selecting the proper players for U16 events as these will be the basis of selection for Hockey Canada’s U17 camp.

The new system is:

  1. U16 BC Hockey High Performance Program Player Evaluation
  2. 2013 - 2014 Club Team evaluation
  3. Top 100 players from across Canada invited to summer camp in Calgary
  4. Short-listed athletes 2014 – 2015 Club Team Evaluation
  5. Three (3) Canada teams announced – November 2014
  6. 2015 World U17 Hockey Challenge – December 2014
  7. Athletes monitored for Hockey Canada U18 Program

To enhance the development of athletes and personnel Hockey Canada will institute several new components:

1. Technical Curriculum

In the development of the new U17 Program Hockey Canada will be building Four (4) Pillars of support to enhance athlete development:

  • Technical Curriculum
  • Fitness testing
  • Physical performance
  • Environment for success

Resources are being created at the National level for implementation in the U16 program.  Resources include protocols, video and personnel support for introduction to performance levels of Program of Excellence.

2. Hockey Canada Personnel Development

a.   Coach Development: Program of Excellence Coaches Seminar

Hockey Canada will be expanding the Coaches Seminar scheduled for June 11 - 14, 2014 in Calgary to include the 12 2015 Canada Winter Games teams head coach and two (2) assistant coaches. Team BC staff is scheduled to attend.

b.   Coach Mentorship / National Team Experience

Hockey Canada will invite each of the 12 Canada Winter Games head coaches to attend the U17 National Camp in Calgary, AB July 27, 2014 to August 5, 2014. The coach will be assigned to one (1) of the six (6) teams at the camp as an assistant coach. An assistant coach of one (1) of the three (3) U17 National Teams and one other CWG’s head coach will join each coach. Participating coaches will be mentored by one (1) of the three (3) head coaches selected for the national U17 teams. These coaches will join the team on ice for practices, bench coach the games, attend the off- ice presentations and assist in the fitness testing.

One of either the Team BC therapist or Team BC Equipment Manager will be selected to attend the National U17 Camp. Hockey Canada will select the candidates determined by their credentials. The therapist or equipment manager will be assigned to one (1) of the six (6) teams at the camp. They will be mentored by one (1) of the three (3) U17 National Team therapists/equipment managers and experts with experience at our World Jr. and Olympic level.

c.   Goaltender Coach Development

Hockey Canada will invite each branch to send a goaltender coach to be an instructor at the U17 National Goalie Camp in Calgary, AB from June 10 - 14, 2014. The 12 branch instructors will work with Hockey Canada’s head goaltender consultant and the three (3) goaltending coaches’ assigned to the three (3) national U17 teams. Each instructor will be assigned to one of the two groups and go on ice for the groups sessions as well as attend off ice presentations and activities with their group. 

For more information on the Male U17 Program, please visit the Hockey Canada website.

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