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Otters’ Strome named WU17 All-Star

Team Ontario’s Dylan Strome of the Erie Otters was named to the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge All-Star Team.

Strome, a 16-year-old from Mississauga, ON, led Team Ontario with 11 points in five games scoring six goals and five assists.

The tournament All-Stars were announced following Saturday’s gold medal final.

The United States won gold with a 4-0 win over Team Pacific, while Russia captured bronze with a 6-2 win over Quebec.  Ontario finished the tournament in fifth place following a 6-3 win over Sweden on Friday.

A total of 75 CHL players competed in the event held in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, including 20 OHL players on Team Ontario.

The event brings together the top players in the world born in 1997 or later. The under-17 program is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence. Many players who compete at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge go on to represent Canada with the National Men’s Under-18 Team, National Junior Team and National Men’s Team.

Nineteen of the 21 players who were selected for Canada’s National Junior Team and are currently playing in the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmö, Sweden, played at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Since the first under-17 tournament (then known as the Quebec Esso Cup) in 1986, more than 1,200 NHL draft picks have played in the tournament, including 10 of the last 13 first-overall selections (Ilya Kovalchuk, 2001; Rick Nash, 2002; Marc-André Fleury, 2003; Alexander Ovechkin, 2004; Erik Johnson, 2006; Patrick Kane, 2007; John Tavares, 2009; Taylor Hall, 2010; Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 2011; Nathan MacKinnon, 2013).

For more information on the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca/wu17, or follow along via social media at www.facebook.com/worldu17 or www.twitter.com/hc_wu17.

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