Lethbridge, AB – Hockey Canada announced Tuesday its 66-player roster to represent Canada at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and Lethbridge Hurricanes forward Dylan Cozens will take part.
Cozens is one of 23 Western Hockey League players that will skate in the tournament scheduled from November 5-11 in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, British Columbia. Cozens, along with the other 65 players will be divided into three teams, Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red and Team Canada White. The three Canadian teams will compete against teams from the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the United States.
Cozens, 16, is currently in his first season with the Hurricanes where he has recorded seven points (4g-3a) along with four penalty minutes in eight games this year. Cozens is current tied with Giorgio Estephan, Jordy Bellerive and Jack Flaman for the Hurricanes goal scoring lead.
The first ever first round selection in the WHL Bantam Draft to hail from Whitehorse, Yukon was selected by the ‘Canes 19th overall in the 2016 draft. He skated in 12 post-season games last year as a 15-year-old call-up where he recorded eight points (3g-5a) including the game-tying goal in Game 7 against the Medicine Hat Tigers in the second round.
It’s the sixth straight season that a Hurricane has represented Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Calen Addison and Josh Tarzwell took part in the tournament last year in Sault. Ste. Marie, Ontario.
In addition, Hurricanes Assistant to the General Manager and Video Coach, Andrew Doty, will once again take part at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in the capacity of a Video Coach. He was a part of Canada-White’s staff last year and will serve for Canada-White again this season. ‘Canes Assistant Coach Jeff Hansen will also serve as a Video Coach for Canada-Black at this years tournament.
The Hurricanes are back in action on Friday when they begin a season-long seven game home-stand at the ENMAX Centre against the Swift Current Broncos before the Medicine Hat Tigers pay a visit on Sunday. Tickets are available online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.