Jugnauth, Niedermayer earn Team Canada invite

Photo credits: Tami Quan (Jugnauth), Cherie Morgan (Niedermayer)

Two incoming BCHL defencemen have earned an invite to Team Canada’s Under-17 development camp in July.

Tyson Jugnauth of the West Kelowna Warriors and Josh Niedermayer of the Penticton Vees were both selected to attend the camp which will be held virtually from July 19 to 25.

113 players will be split into six different teams for the camp. Team Canada will then select three teams (Red, White and Black) to represent the country at the 2020 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Charlotteville and Summerside, P.E.I in November.

“The national under-17 development camp is the first stage in introducing these athletes to the Program of Excellence, and it is a great opportunity for them to develop as players and learn what it takes to wear the Maple Leaf,” said Scott Salmond, senior vice-president of national teams with Hockey Canada. “Our three under-17 teams are very fortunate to have these nine experienced coaches, and we know our coaching and support staffs will embrace the opportunity to guide the development of the top young players in Canada.”

Jugnauth played last season with the Okanagan Rockets of the BCMML and contributed five goals and 23 assists for 28 points in 34 games. He also played in three games as an affiliate for the Warriors last season.

Niedermayer, the son of Hall of Fame defenceman Scott Niedermayer, played last season with the Okanagan Hockey Academy Red Prep of the CSSHL last season and finished his year with 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points in 36 games. He also played in three games as a call-up for the Vees last year and will be suiting up alongside his brother Jackson for Penticton in 2020-21.