When Hockey Canada announced its roster last week for the three Canadian teams to compete at the upcoming World Under 17 Hockey Challenge in Sarnia-Lambton, it was all but a certainty that Jakob Chychrun’s name would be called during the proceedings at the RBC Centre.
After all, the son of the former NHLer was the first overall choice by the Sting in the OHL Priority Selection in April and is widely is expected to eventually go on to a long and productive professional career.
But, having Jordan Kyrou’s name called was more unexpected.
After all, the Sting’s second round pick in the junior draft wasn’t really on Hockey Canada’s radar over the summer months.
“Jordan, what a great story,” said Hockey Canada Program of Excellence Head Scout Ryan Jankowski.
“What he showed through the exhibition and through the first weekend of the season, proved that he belongs as a part of the 66 (players named to Team Canada), along with how hard he worked this past summer to get over the injuries he had last year.”
On his twitter account, Kyrou called his opportunity to represent Canada, “a huge honour.”
Along with the three Canadian teams, those from Russia, U.S., Finland, Sweden and Slovakia will also compete at the weeklong event from November 2-8 at the RBC Centre and the Shores Recreation Centre in Forest.
Team USA is the defending champion.