Hockey Canada announced today the invitees for the 2022 Canada men’s under-17 development camp. Included on the roster is Hitmen prospect Carson Wetsch.
Wetsch, a product of North Vancouver BC, played his last season with the Burnaby Winter Club U18 Prep. The 6’2”, 165-pound right-winger finished the season with 47 points (23g, 24a) in 31 games. The 2006-born forward was drafted in the first round (12th overall) by the Hitmen in the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft. Wetsch joined the team for 10 days at the end of the 2021-22 season, playing in one game with the club.
Alan Millar, director of player personnel for Hockey Canada, led the player selection process, with assistance from U17 head scout Byron Bonora and regional scouts Rob Simpson (Ontario), Pierre Cholette (Quebec), Darren Sutherland (Atlantic) and Darrell Woodley (Ontario), as well as Member representatives.
“The national under-17 development camp is the first stage in introducing these athletes to the Program of Excellence, and it is a great opportunity for them to develop as players and learn what it takes to wear the Maple Leaf,” said Millar. “We look forward to enhancing these young players’ ongoing development during this camp and starting the process of building our three national U17 teams for the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge this fall.”
Following the camp, players will continue to be evaluated through the early portion of the 2022-23 season before 66 are named to one of three Canadian national teams – Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red and Team Canada White – that will compete at the 2022 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, scheduled for Nov.5-12 in Langley and Delta, B.C.
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