Lethbridge Hurricanes Forward Giorgio Estephan was one of 22 players named by Hockey Alberta and BC Hockey to the 22 man roster for Team Pacific at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. In 21 games this season, Estephan has 8 points (4G, 4A) for the Hurricanes.
Team Pacific is comprised of 14 players from BC and nine players from Alberta. Hockey Alberta and BC Hockey each identified 23 U17 male athletes (3 Goalies, 7 Defensemen, and 13 Forwards) to take part in the Team Pacific Summer Camp that took part in Calgary, Alberta on July 24th-28th. Following the Summer Camp, these players were evaluated during the first part of their club’s team season by a Team Pacific evaluation group.
“The selection process for this team was very in-depth and the coaching staff feels very positive about the roster that’s been assembled,” said Team Pacific Head Coach, Steve Hamilton. “We think this is a very deep team with a good combination of skill, size and character – all the elements needed to play a versatile game.”
The 2014 World U17 Hockey Challenge brings together the top players in the world born 1997 or later. The tournament is made up of 10 teams; five (5) from Canada – Quebec, Ontario, Pacific (Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Yukon), Atlantic (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island) and West (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nunavut) and five (5) international teams.
Team Pacific will be competing in Group A at the World U17 Hockey Challenge with Team West, Team Quebec, Sweden and Czech Republic. Group B will comprise of Germany, USA, Team Ontario, Team Atlantic and Russia. Team Pacific will play an exhibition game against Russia on December 28, 2013 before they play their first preliminary round contest against Team Quebec on December 29, 2013.
Team Pacific has included some of the top hockey players that Canada has ever produced. Some notable graduates who have competed on Team Pacific include:
- Matt Dumba, Morgan Reilly, 2011
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 2010
- Evander Kane, 2008
- Brent Seabrook, Dion Phaneuf, Mike Green, 2002
- Jarome Iginla, 1994
- Joe Sakic, 1986