U18 Worlds Primer: Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs)

It’ll be quite a thrill to see two exceptional status players in one lineup. Hockey fans can catch Kingston Frontenacs great Shane Wright lining up alongside Regina Pats newcomer Connor Bedard for Team Canada at the World Under-18 Hockey Championship.

Shane Wright had a 15-year-old season to remember, surpassing Bernie Nicholls for the most goals in a season by a Kingston Frontenacs rookie with 39 during the 2019-20 campaign. Wright, who was an OHL Cup champion with the Don Mills Flyers prior to coming to the OHL, also earned CHL and OHL Rookie of the Year honours, leading OHL freshmen with 66 points.

In addition to captaining Canada Black at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, Wright gained valuable experience with Hockey Canada in attending the National Junior Team Selection Camp in Alberta last December. Though he wasn’t a member of Canada’s World Junior squad, Wright didn’t look out of place with the Canadian Hockey League’s elite homegrown talent, getting the full experience, quarantine and all.

Wright became the youngest player to earn a letter in CHL history last season when the Frontenacs made him an alternate captain. Now the Burlington, Ont. product will wear the ‘C’ for Canada’s National Under-18 Team when the puck drops in Texas.

Wright and 12 other OHL players will hit the ice in Plano and Frisco, Texas starting tonight when Canada opens its tournament schedule against Sweden at 9:00pm ET live on TSN.

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