Hockey Canada announced rosters for the three Team Canada rosters for the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge Tuesday, and Prince George Cougars goaltender Taylor Gauthier is one of six goalies selected.
The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge is an eight-team tournament featuring the top 16-year-old players in the world. The tournament is split into two four-team groups. Group A consists of Team Canada Black, USA, Team Canada White and the Czech Republic. Group B consists of Finland, Russia, Team Canada Red and Sweden.
Gauthier has appeared in four games with the Cougars, picking up his first WHL win last week against his hometown team, the Calgary Hitmen. In his last two starts Gauthier has a tidy .902 save percentage, to go along with a 2.50 goals-against average. The Calgary product was the Cougars’ first round pick in the 2016 WHL Bantam draft.
“Taylor is continuing to grow and develop at the WHL level has already shown great poise despite being just 16-years-old. He’s going to be a big piece for our organization over the next several years, and playing against some of the best players at his age level will be great for his development,” commented General Manager Todd Harkins.
242 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge alumni were on NHL opening night rosters, including former Cougar forward and Prince George native Brett Connolly (Washington Capitals).
The 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge is November 5th -11th in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, BC. Sweden is the defending gold medal champions and Team Canada White was the last Canadian team to win in 2015. For scheduling information visit www.hockeycanada.ca/WU17