The Spokane Chiefs had three players named to Hockey Canada’s 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge rosters on Wednesday. Forwards Koby Morrisseau and Eli Zummack will join defenseman Ty Smith at the annual tournament, from Oct. 27 to Nov. 5 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
“These are the 66 best players in the country who are, by-and-large, making their first appearance in international competition as part of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence. They have been selected not only based on their current ability, but also on their potential to represent Canada at under-18 and junior competition in the coming years,” said Shawn Bullock, senior manager of hockey operations and men’s national teams for Hockey Canada, in a Tuesday release. “This is a skilled group of high-performers with long-term international potential, and we look forward to working with them at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and in the future.”
Smith, Morrisseau and Zummack are three of 66 players selected from the original pool of 111 participants at a seven-day development camp in late July. They await final placement on one of three Canadian teams (Black, Red or White), which will be decided next week. The tournament also includes teams from the United States, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden.
Smith, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound defenseman out of Lloydminster, Alberta, was the first overall pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. He has already racked up a goal and five assists in seven career WHL games. Smith also represented Canada as team captain at the Youth Olympic Games, earning a silver medal while putting up two goals and three assists in six games.
Morrisseau was the Chiefs’ second of two first-round selections in the 2015 draft at ninth overall. Out of Grandview, Manitoba, he stands 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds. He’s pointless in five games with the Chiefs with an even plus/minus, a year removed from scoring eight goals and seven assists in 17 games with the Parkland Rangers Midget AAA team.
Zummack, called up by the Chiefs for Wednesday night’s game against the Kamloops Blazers, is a speedy forward from Kelowna, B.C. At 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds, he put up 14 goals and 38 assists in 37 games with the Okanagan Rockets of the BCMML last year. He was a second-round pick in the 2015 draft and was acquired by the Chiefs in a trade with the Red Deer Rebels last season.
For more information on the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, visit hockeycanada.ca.
The Chiefs visit the Kamloops Blazers on the road on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Mike Boyle will have the radio call on 1510 KGA NW Sports Talk beginning with the pre-game show at 6:30.
Spokane returns home on Friday, October 14 for a contest against the Everett Silvertips. It will be Dairy For Life Night at Spokane Arena as fans will be able to take part in a special raffle benefiting Dairy For Life and Second Harvest Inland Northwest to provide dairy products for families in need. Prizes include authentic jerseys and signed memorabilia.