Spokane Chiefs Jaret Anderson-Dolan and Ty Smith have been invited to Team Canada’s pre-tournament camp in Etobicoke, Ontario in advance of the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship in Slovakia later this month, as announced by Hockey Canada on Monday morning.
Anderson-Dolan, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound forward who scored 39 goals and 37 assists for the Chiefs during the 2016-17 regular season, is one of the first six players to officially join the Team Canada roster. The 17-year-old Calgary native previously competed for his country with Team Canada White at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in British Columbia, winning gold.
Originally a first round (14th overall) selection by the Chiefs in 2014, he is ranked by most scouting services as a first or second round choice in June’s NHL Entry Draft after becoming just the fourth player in Chiefs’ franchise history to score 30 or more goals as a 17-year-old.
Smith, a 2000-born defenseman out of Lloydminster, Alberta, is one of six under-age players invited by Hockey Canada to take part in order to gain more international experience. He was the first overall pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft and posted five goals and 27 assists for 32 points during his rookie season, good for third in the WHL among 16-year-olds. His season ranked second among 16-year-old defensemen in Chiefs’ franchise history.
Smith previously competed for Canada at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge as part of Team Canada Black, captaining the team to a silver medal. He also captained Team Canada to a silver medal at the 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer.
The 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship will take place in Poprad and Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia from April 13-23. Hockey Canada will continue to shape their final roster as potential players progress in CHL playoff competition. Team practices begin Monday, April 3 in Etobicoke. Canada opens their tournament schedule against Latvia on April 13.