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Dawson Mercer to play for Canada at World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

Dawson Mercer, seen here in action with the Drummondville Voltigeurs, is one of 66 Canadian hockey players invited to the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge next month in British Columbia. — Drummondville Voltigeurs Twitter
Dawson Mercer, seen here in action with the Drummondville Voltigeurs, is one of 66 Canadian hockey players invited to the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge next month in British Columbia. — Drummondville Voltigeurs Twitter

CALGARY, AB — Hockey Canada will take a closer look at Dawson Mercer next month at an international tournament in British Columbia.

The Bay Roberts native, a rookie forward with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, was one of 66 players named to Canadian rosters for the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. The event takes place Nov. 5-11 in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.

Canada will have three teams competing at the tournament, with the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, and the United States also icing teams.

Mercer, who turns 16 next Friday, was among 111 players to attend Hockey Canada's under-17 development camp in July. Currently playing right wing, he's dressed for all 10 Voltigeurs games so far this season and has four goals, tying him for third on the team in goal scoring. His cousin Zachary Bennett, also from Bay Roberts, is a defenceman with the team and has dressed for two games.

According to a Hockey Canada news release, over 1,600 NHL draft picks have played in this tournament over the course of its 31-year history. TSN will broadcast one semi-final along with the bronze and gold medal matches.

editor@cbncompass.ca

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