Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Matia Marcantuoni of the Kitchener Rangers has been named Captain of Team Ontario for the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge set to take place December 29 to January 4 in Winnipeg, MB.
Marcantuoni, a 16-year-old from Toronto, ON, leads all Team Ontario players in OHL scoring with 24 points in 32 games including nine goals and 15 assists which has him ranked 10th overall among OHL rookies this season. He is a graduate of the Toronto Marlboros minor midget program in the Greater Toronto Hockey League.
In addition, defencemen Gianluca Curcuruto of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Slater Koekkoek of the Peterborough Petes, along with forwards Brendan Gaunce of the Belleville Bulls, and Scott Laughton of the Oshawa Generals have each been named assistant captains for Team Ontario.
Team Ontario’s final roster includes 20 current OHL players including 14 players selected in the first round of the 2010 OHL Priority Selection. Last season Team Ontario captured the silver medal in the 2010 event held in Timmins, ON.
Ontario will face Finland tonight in exhibition game action before opening the tournament Wednesday night at 7:30 pm Central time against the Czech Republic.
For more information about the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge please visit www.hockeycanada.ca.