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Procyszyn gets U17 invite

NORTH BAY, Ont. — Ethan Procyszyn of the North Bay Battalion is among 40 Ontario Hockey League skaters and goaltenders invited to Hockey Canada’s national under-17 development camp, it was announced Thursday.

Procyszyn was selected as a right winger from the North Central Predators U16s but may play centre for the Battalion. The Wasaga Beach, Ont., resident, who stands six-foot-two and weighs 182 pounds, turns 16 on July 11.

A right shot, he signed a standard player’s agreement with the Battalion in May.

“It’s a big honour any time you get the call from Hockey Canada, and we know Ethan will be a great representative for our organization,” said general manager Adam Dennis.

The national development camp is scheduled July 10-16 at Calgary. From the OHL, 26 forwards, nine defencemen and five goaltenders are to participate in the camp, which is to number 100 invitees from across Canada. Players will be split into five teams for on- and off-ice training, fitness testing, practices, games and classroom sessions.

Alan Millar, director of player personnel for Hockey Canada, led the selection process, assisted by U17 head scout Byron Bonora and regional scouts, including Rob Simpson of the London Knights and the OHL’s Darrell Woodley.

“The national under-17 development camp is the first stage in introducing these athletes to the Program of Excellence, and it is a great opportunity for them to develop as players and learn what it takes to wear the Maple Leaf,” Millar said in a news release. “We look forward to enhancing these young players’ ongoing development during this camp and starting the process of building our three national U17 teams for the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge this fall.”

Players will continue to be evaluated early in the 2022-23 season before 66 are named to one of three Canadian entries — Team Canada Red, Team Canada White and Team Canada Black — to compete at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, scheduled Nov. 5-12 at Langley and Delta, B.C.

Seventy-seven of the 100 invitees have been selected by Canadian Hockey League clubs, including 40 from the OHL and 37 from the Western Hockey League. The other 23 are prospects for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft, to be held July 4-5.

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