SURREY â€” Two players from the Valley West Hawks have been selected to attend Canadaâ€™s national hockey Under-17 development camp, July 29 to Aug. 4 in Calgary.
Surreyâ€™s Matt Barberis, a defenceman selected by the Vancouver Giants in the 2013 Western Hockey League bantam draft, and forward Davis Koch, an Edmonton Oil Kings prospect, were both tabbed to attend the national camp. The roster includes 36 defencemen and 60 forwards.
The development camp will serve as part of Canadaâ€™s new under-17 structure, focusing on player development.
Scouts will continue to watch these players, along with other 1998-born players across the country, and 66 will be selected to represent Canada at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in November. The tournament will be the first to feature three Canadian national teams (Black, Red and White).
From 1986 to 2014, Canada was represented by five regional teams: Atlantic, Ontario, Pacific, Quebec and West.
All 96 skaters have been drafted or listed by CHL teams, including 35 from the Ontario Hockey League, 32 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and 29 from the Western Hockey League.