The Prince George Cougars Hockey Club is pleased to announce three prospects have been invited to Hockey Canada’s national under-17 development camp.
Forward Craig Armstrong, defenceman Hudson Thornton and goaltender Tyler Brennan are among the 112 players invited to the week-long camp, which takes place July 19-26 in Calgary, AB. The invitees will be split into six teams for on and off-ice training, fitness testing, intrasquad games and classroom studies.
Armstrong was the Cougars’ first-pick, ninth overall, in the 2018 Western Hockey League (WHL) Bantam Draft. This past season he played at the midget prep level with the Edge School Mountaineers in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL). The Airdrie, AB product amassed 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points in 29 games. He had another three points (2-1-3) in three CSSHL playoff games. Armstrong played in five games last season with the Cougars, highlighted by his WHL debut on January 8thagainst the Kelowna Rockets. Armstrong won a bronze medal with Team Alberta at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, AB in February.
“The national under-17 development camp is the first step these athletes take in their Team Canada career,” said Shawn Bullock, director of men’s national steams. “Ultimately, these players will learn what it takes to wear the maple leaf in international competition.”
Brennan, the Cougars’ second-pick, 21stoverall, in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft, played for the Winnipeg-based Rink Hockey Academy (RHA) in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League. Brennan played in 21 games for RHA at the midget prep level, posting a 12-5-1 (W-L-T) record, to go along with a 2.69 GAA and a .909 SV%. He also had two shutouts. Brennan made his WHL debut on February 8thagainst the Rockets. The 6’2, 185-pound netminder also played at the Canada Winter Games in February, as he appeared in four games with Team Manitoba.
Thornton was the Cougars third-pick, 33rdoverall, in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft. The Winnipeg, MB product played with Brennan on RHA’s midget prep team last season in the CSSHL. Thornton not only led his team in scoring, but he was the top scoring defenceman in the CSSHL, as he compiled 17 goals and 30 assists for 47 points in 31 games. He added another four points (1-3-4) in three playoff games. He played on Team Manitoba at the Canada Winter Games as well, where he tallied five points (2-3-5) in six games.
From the 112 players invited to the Under-17 Development Camp, 66 will be named to one of three Canadian teams (Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red and Team Canada White) competing at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, co-hosted by Medicine Hat, AB and Swift Current, SK in November.
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