The Okanagan Rockets and Hockey Canada are proud to announce that both Tyson Jost (Team White) and Jake Kryski (Team Red) have been selected to participate in the 2014 World U17 Challenge to be held in Sarnia Ontario from November 2nd-8th.
Jost, currently with the Penticton Vees of the BCHL, and Kryski with the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League were instrumental parts of the Rockets record setting season last year.
The tournament will be the first to feature three Canadian national teams – Black, Red and White. From 1986 to 2014, Canada was represented by five regional teams: Atlantic, Ontario, Pacific, Quebec and West.
“This is a tremendously exciting day for our hockey club.” said Rockets general manager David Michaud. "I was able to personally experience this tournament with Team Pacific in 2012 and it was without question the best hockey experience I've had. I know that both Tyson and Jake will do a tremendous job with their first experience on the world stage, these are two big game players, and it doesn't get much bigger than pulling on the Hockey Canada jersey for the first time."
The 66 players were selected by Ryan Jankowski, Hockey Canada's director of player personnel, together with Joël Bouchard, a member of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence management group, and regional scouts Donald Audette (Quebec), Brad McEwen (West), Kevin Mitchell (Atlantic) and Kyle Raftis (Ontario).
Players were evaluated with their club teams early in the 2014-15 season, at Canada’s national under-17 development camp in Calgary, Alta., in August, and during the 2013-14 season, including at three regional under-16 events: the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, OHL Gold Cup and QMJHL Excellence Challenge.