Spokane Chiefs defenseman Ty Smith has been named an alternate captain for Team Canada at the upcoming 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, as announced by Hockey Canada on August 2. The tournament get underway on Monday, Aug. 7.
Smith, 17, joins defenseman Jett Woo (Moose Jaw / WHL) wearing an “A” alongside team captain forward Joe Veleno (Saint John / QMJHL).
“We’re real lucky with this team; there are a bunch of leaders in our room. Obviously Joe has been to the tournament before, he has a lot of experience, and we really felt that him coming back with his own age group would give him a good opportunity to lead,” said Brent Kisio (Lethbridge Hurricanes / Calgary, Alta.), head coach in a Hockey Canada release. “Jett Woo was a captain last year at [the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge], Ty Smith was as well, so they bring some leadership skills, and we felt these were the right three guys for us. But like I said, we have a lot of great leaders on this team. The biggest thing is we want to make Canada proud, on and off the ice.”
Smith served as team captain for the silver medal-winning Canada Black team at last year’s World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and also wore the “C” for Canada at the 2016 Youth Winter Olympic Games (silver).
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