Penticton Vees forward Bradley Nadeau and Victoria Grizzlies forward Matthew Wood have been selected to represent Team Canada in the Capital City Challenge Under-17 tournament Nov. 26 to Dec. 1 in Ottawa, Ont.
Canada will be split into three teams, Team Black, Red and White and will compete against each other, as well as Canada’s National Women’s Team as part of their preparations for the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
“We are excited to unveil the 66 players that will suit up for our three men’s under-17 teams at the Capital City Challenge and have the unique opportunity to compete against Canada’s National Women’s Team in Ottawa,” said Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada’s senior vice-president of hockey operations. “Although this has not been a traditional year for our Program of Excellence and the under-17 group, we are excited to introduce these athletes to an event that replicates short-term, international competition.”
Wood is currently the BCHL’s second-leading scorer with 17 points in nine games and leads the league in goals with 11 on the season. He’s in his second year in the league after playing 18 games with the Grizzlies in last year’s pod season as an affiliate, where he put up 13 points in 18 games. The Nanaimo, B.C. product is committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at the University of Connecticut.
Nadeau is a BCHL rookie but has had a major impact on the Vees so far this year. Playing alongside his brother Josh, he leads the team with 11 points in eight games and is tops in goals as well with seven on the campaign. He is coming off a four-goal, one-assist game in his most recent action last weekend. He is committed to the University of Maine.