Three Firebirds Prospects Invited to Hockey Canada’s U17 Development Camp

Flint, Mich. – Three Flint Firebird draft picks from the 2022 OHL Priority Selection have received invitations to Hockey Canada’s Under-17 Development Camp in July.

The three prospects attending are forward Kaden Pitre (1st round, 18th overall), forward Nathan Aspinall (2nd round, 33rd overall) and defenseman Nathan Schaap (5th round, 100th overall).

Pitre recorded 13 G and 17 A in 31 GP for the Vaughan Kings U16 AAA (GTHL) this season. He is the younger brother of current Firebird forward Coulson Pitre. Nathan Aspinall, from the U16 Markham Waxers, produced 17 G and 22 A in 27 GP. His 39 points were the fourth most in the ETAHL U16. Nathan Schaap from the North Central Predators stands at 6-foot-2, 201-pound. The right-hander D-man had 33 Pts and 56 PIMs. He had the 3rd most points among defensemen in the ETAHL.

Hockey Canada invited 100 players to participate in Canada’s National U-17 Development Camp, set to take place July 10-16 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

Following the camp, players will continue to be evaluated through the early portion of the 2022-23 season before 66 are named to one of three Canadian national teams – Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red and Team Canada White – that will compete at the 2022 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, scheduled for Nov.5-12 in Langley and Delta, B.C.

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For more information or media inquiries:

Jack Sznewajs
Director of Broadcasting & Communications
Flint Firebirds Hockey Club

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