Incoming recruits Dante Fabbro and Tyson Jost, both 98-born players, were invited to Hockey Canada’s national Under-17 Development Camp, July 29 to August 4th in Calgary. Fabbro is one 36 defensemen invited and Jost is in a pool of 36 forwards that will take part in the camp, which helps identify players for the 2014 World Under 17 Challenge. This year’s tournament is scheduled to run October 31 to November 8 in a yet-to-be-determined location.
Fabbro and Jost are vying for two of the 66 spots on the three Hockey Canada teams that will compete in the World Under 17 Challenge. A new twist for this year sees the formation of three new teams (Black, Red and White). In previous years, the Canada was divided into five regional teams (Pacific, West, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic).
This tournament is a best-on-best for players born in 1998 or later, so it’s a big deal for younger players, especially considering the list of notable NHL’ers who’ve played in the World Under 17 Challenge. The camp is just one step for the two Vees in trying to make the squad, as they’ll also be evaluated on their early season play next fall before the three teams are announced sometime in October.
Penticton Vees Press Release:
The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club is pleased to announce newly committed players Tyson Jost and Dante Fabbro have been invited to participate in Hockey Canada’s U17 development camp.
Jost, 16, just completed a record setting season in the BCMML, producing 44 goals and 88 points in just 36 regular season games. He followed that up with 9 goals and 18 points in 7 BCMML playoff games, and led the team to a Telus Cup National Championship Bronze medal.
Fabbro, still just 15, was the BCMML’s top scoring defenseman, racking up 22 goals and 61 points in 38 regular season games. He then added another 2 goals and 10 points in 6 playoff games, before bowing out to Jost’s Okanagan Rockets in the BCMML finals. To benchmark Fabbro’s strong season, Vees’ former standout & present Denver Pioneer leader, Joey Laleggia, scored 15 goals and 54 points in 40 regular season games during his secondseason in the BCMML.
“We regard Tyson and Dante as being the two best 1998-born players in Western Canada”, stated Vees’ Head Coach & GM, Fred Harbinson. “We are happy that the boys secured a try-out and wish them all the best in locking down a roster spot on one of the three teams that will represent Canada at the international tournament that runs from October 31st to November 5, 2014.”