Nielsen makes cut for Team Canada at this year’s U17 World Hockey Challenge

Fort St. John native Tristen Nielsen. Photo by supplied.

SAULT STE. MARIE, O.N. – Tristen Nielsen will be joining sixty-five of the country’s best other young hockey players to represent Team Canada at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Sault Ste. Marie in two weeks’ time.

The Fort St. John native, who is currently playing for the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen, tried out for a spot on one of the three Canadian teams at the U17 development camp along with 110 others back in late July. The 66-player roster will divided to make up the three Canadian teams – that will face the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, and the United States in their quest for gold.

“These are the 66 best players in the country who are, by-and-large, making their first appearance in international competition as part of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence. They have been selected not only based on their current ability, but also on their potential to represent Canada at under-18 and junior competition in the coming years,” said Shawn Bullock, senior manager of hockey operations and men’s national teams for Hockey Canada. “This is a skilled group of high-performers with long-term international potential, and we look forward to working with them at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and in the future.”

This won’t be Nielsen’s first time playing on the international stage; he previously won a silver medal at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer back in February.

The 2016 U17 World Hockey Challenge takes place in Sault Ste. Marie from October 27th to November 5th.

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