Malcolm Spence Named by Hockey Canada to World Under-17 Hockey Challenge Roster

October 18, 2022 – Ontario Hockey League (OHL) – Erie Otters News Release

Erie Otters forward Malcolm Spence
Erie Otters ahead Malcolm Spence
(Erie Otters)

Erie, Pennsylvania – First profession multi-goal sport, first profession game-winning target, first First Star honors – it is already been every week of firsts for Erie Otters’ Rookie Forward Malcolm Spence. With Hockey Canada saying the Rosters for the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, Spence earns his first alternative to constitute his nation in world play.

Spence, along Otters’ Goaltender Jacob Gibbons, had been invited to Canada’s National Under-17 Development Camp in July of this 12 months along 40 different Ontario Hockey League gamers. Of the 100 general invited gamers, Spence is one in every of simply 25 OHL gamers decided on to constitute Canada.

In the primary seven video games of his Ontario Hockey League profession, the #2 Overall Pick within the 2022 OHL Priority Selection Draft is ranked fourth in Rookie Scoring with six issues (3G+3A). In his most up-to-date sport, Spence grabbed 3 issues (2G+1A) to give Erie a comeback additional time win on house ice.

Rosters for the development had been decided on by a crew lead by Hockey Canada Director of Player Personnel Alan Millar.

“After a strong camp in Calgary where we introduced 100 young players to the Program of Excellence this summer, we are thrilled to unveil the 66 who will wear the Maple Leaf with our three Canadian teams at this year’s World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.” stated Millar, “We are fortunate to be able to assemble three competitive and skilled teams, and we are confident every player and staff member will represent our country with pride in Langley and Delta next month.”

The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge is step one in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence – together with 3 Canadian groups and 5 world entries in a match that showcases of the longer term stars of the sport. Seven groups will compete on this 12 months’s match: Team Canada Black (which Malcolm Spence will play on, dressed in #21), Team Canada Red, Team Canada White, Czechia, Finland, Sweden and the United States. Each crew will play six preliminary-round video games between November 3 and 11, with the highest 4 groups within the standings advancing to the medal around.

Due to the pandemic, this would be the first operating of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge since 2019. In position of the ‘Challenge’ ultimate season, Hockey Canada coordinated the one-off Capital City Challenge in Ottawa, ON. Carey Terrance represented the Erie Otters on the tournament for Team Canada White, incomes a Bronze Medal within the match.

“Since this event began in 1986, more than 1,600 National Hockey League draft picks have played in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge,” stated Breanne Ferris, supervisor of occasions and houses for Hockey Canada. “We cannot wait to celebrate the tournament’s return with the great hockey fans in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley and watch the top young players in the world compete for gold this fall.”

The alternative for Malcolm Spence is person who the Forward has dreamed of for a very long time.

“I’m just humbled and honored to be representing the Otters at the Under-17 Hockey Challenge.” stated Spence, “There’s a lot of guys across Canada, and I’m excited that I was chosen to wear the Leaf.”

Otters’ General Manager Dave Brown spoke extremely of the chance for the Rookie, and in representing the group.

“The Otters organization is elated for Malcolm. The honor of playing for your country and being a member of Hockey Canada’s National Program is exciting. Malcolm joins an elite group of Otters alumni who have enjoyed this experience and represented the Otters well at the international level.” stated Brown, “We wish Malcolm the utmost success as a member of Hockey Canada U17 program.”

The Otters congratulate Malcolm at the honor, and glance ahead to him proudly representing himself and the group in November.

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