At age 16, Flint’s Ty Dellandrea is one of just three under-aged players to be selected for Canada’s Men’s U-18 National Team as Hockey Canada announced their roster for the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship in Poprad and Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia, April 13-23.
Dellandrea was selected in the first-round, fifth overall by the Flint Firebirds in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection last April. In his first season in the Ontario Hockey League, Ty recorded 24 points (13G, 11A) in 57 games including 3 power-play goals and one short-handed goal.
“This is a tremendous accomplishment for Ty in his young hockey career to represent Canada on the world stage,” said Flint Firebirds General Manager George Burnett. “Very few under-aged players get this opportunity and I’m sure he’ll wear the red and white proudly and effectively.”
Twenty players have been registered to play for Canada when the puck drops on the team’s opening game against Latvia on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. ET. Hockey Canada can add up to three more players to its roster before the playoff round begins on April 20.
Fans can watch the IIHF U18 World Championship live in the United States on the NHL Network. In Canada, TSN, the official broadcast partner of Hockey Canada, is broadcasting 12 games, including all of Team Canada’s match-ups. RDS will broadcast 10 games, including Canada’s four preliminary-round games, two quarter-final games, both semifinals, and the bronze- and gold-medal games.
For a complete schedule of Canada’s Men’s U-18 National Team in the IIHF U18 World Championship, click here.
Canada has won seven medals at the IIHF U18 World Championship, including three gold medals (2003, 2008, 2013).
8 OHL PLAYERS ON CANADA’S NATIONAL UNDER-18 TEAM:
Alexis Gravel (Halifax Mooseheads)
Jake McGrath (Sudbury Wolves)
Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders)
Josh Brook (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Jocktan Chainey (Halifax Mooseheads)
Jared McIsaac (Halifax Mooseheads)
Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs)
Jett Woo (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Spokane Chiefs)
Maxime Comtois (Victoriaville Tigres)
Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds)
MacKenzie Entwistle (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Liam Hawel (Guelph Storm)
Stelio Mattheos (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Kyle Olson (Tri-City Americans)
Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm)
Nate Schnarr (Guelph Storm)
Matthew Strome (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)