Coe selected for Under-17 Challenge

NORTH BAY, Ont. — Brandon Coe of the Ontario Hockey League’s North Bay Battalion is one of 66 skaters and goaltenders named Tuesday to represent Canada at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Right winger Coe will play on one of three Canadian rosters, Canada Red, Canada White and Canada Black, at the eight-team tournament to be held Nov. 5-11 at Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, B.C., Hockey Canada announced. Other teams are the United States, Russia, Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic.

Coe was the Battalion’s first-round pick, third overall, in the OHL Priority Selection last April from the Toronto Nationals minor midgets. He has one goal and two assists for three points in nine games.

The six-foot-three, 182-pound Coe, an Ajax, Ont., resident who turns 16 on Dec. 1, scored his first OHL goal last Thursday night in a 4-3 overtime loss to the visiting Ottawa 67’s.

“I’m pretty proud to represent my country in this tournament and I’m looking forward to it,” said Coe.

Fifty-four Canadian Hockey League players were named to the Canadian lineups, numbering 23 from the OHL, 16 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and 15 from the Western Hockey League. The other 12 selected are playing in lesser junior leagues or minor hockey programs.

Players were selected by Brad McEwen, Hockey Canada’s head scout, in consultation with a six-man management group that includes Ontario-based Steve Staios, Barclay Branch and Darrell Woodley.

“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.”

Ryan Oulahen, a former Battalion captain and assistant coach and now coach of the Flint Firebirds, will serve as head coach of Canada White.

TSN and RDS will telecast one semifinal and the bronze- and gold-medal games.

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