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5 OHL graduates ready to compete for U SPORTS All-Stars

 

For a fifth straight year, U SPORTS will bring its best to face-off against Canadian National Junior Team hopefuls.

U SPORTS unveiled its roster for the fast approaching National Junior Team Selection Camp on Tuesday, with five OHL graduates included on the All-Star squad.

Among the familiar names suiting up for U SPORTS, converted defenceman Josh Burnside skated with the Mississauga Steelheads from 2011-16 and now attends Carleton University. Former Danish National Junior Team representative Mikkel Aagaard, who now competes at the University of Guelph, split two seasons between Niagara and Sudbury from 2014-16. A former Mississauga Steelheads and Owen Sound Attack forward from 2013-16, Bryson Cianfrone now attends StFX. Former U SPORTS Rookie of the Year Kris Bennett is part of a powerhouse UNB program and played three full seasons with the Saginaw Spirit from 2014-17. Mathew Santos of Ryerson University rounds out the group. He played four seasons with the Brampton and North Bay Battalion from 2012-16.

A total of 12 OHL players will be competing for a spot on Canada’s National Junior Team at the annual camp that will take place from Dec. 9-12 at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex in Oakville, Ont. World Junior hopefuls will take on the U SPORTS All-Stars in a pair of games slated for Dec. 11 at 5:00pm and Dec. 12 at 2:00pm. Tickets are available at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets, starting at $15 plus fees.

The 2020 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship will be held from Dec. 26, 2019 to Jan. 5, 2020 in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic.

Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team has faced various U SPORTS competition on a regular basis since 1988. Since a U SPORTS national all-star team began participating in December 2015, U SPORTS holds a 5-3-1 record.

OHL Graduates Named to U SPORTS All-Star Team:

Defencemen:
Josh Burnside (Carleton Ravens/Mississauga Steelheads)

Forwards:
Mikkel Aagaard (Guelph Gryphons/Sudbury Wolves)
Kris Bennett (UNB Reds/Saginaw Spirit)*
Bryson Cianfrone (StFX X-Men/Owen Sound Attack)
Mathew Santos (Ryerson Rams/North Bay Battalion)

*-represented U SPORTS All-Stars last December

For more information visit usports.ca.

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