The final Team Ontario Under-17 camp is underway and IceDogs draft picks Brook Hiddink and Brent Moran are among 69 players at the camp that were selected in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection.
The camp runs from July 4th-8th at the Benson Centre in Cornwall, ON and is being hosted by the Ottawa District Hockey Association.
Hiddink and Moran were first and second round picks respectively by the IceDogs in 2012 and have both already signed with Niagara. Hiddink is one of 16 centres at the camp, while Moran is one of 8 goaltenders. Hiddink will be a part of Team Orange, while Moran joins Team Black.
The camp features 84 of the top 16-year-old hockey players in Ontario, identified from regional camps conducted throughout the province earlier this spring. The goal of the provincial camp is to provide players with an intensive, high-calibre training opportunity as well as a positive learning experience, both on and off the ice. It also serves to facilitate the process of identifying players who will ultimately be selected to represent Ontario at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, being held in Drummondville and Victoriaville, Quebec, beginning December 29, 2012.
The Ontario Under 17 Program is an integral component of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence and is coordinated through the Hockey Development Centre for Ontario Under 17 Policy Committee on behalf of its member organizations. The Under-17 Program continues to provide high performance competition and development opportunities for players, coaches and trainers as well as identifying the elite athlete for future national programs.
Last season 22 OHL players helped Team Ontario capture the bronze medal at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Windsor, ON.
The IceDogs would like to congratulate both Brook and Brent on their selections to the camp and wish them all the best as they look to further their push to be a part of Team Ontario.