Calgary, Alta. — Regina Pats forward Tanner Howe will don the Maple Leaf later this month, after he was named as an injury replacement for Team Canada Black at the Capital City Challenge from Nov. 26-Dec. 1 in Ottawa, Ont.
The Capital City Challenge is a four-team tournament featuring three men’s under-17 teams — Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red and Team Canada White – and Canada’s National Women’s Team. Sixty-six players were initially named to the three men’s teams on Nov. 5, 20 of which are WHL players.
Howe’s play the last few weeks has forced his way into the national conversation as one of the standout 2005-born player in Western Canada. He is currently riding a seven-game point streak (6G-5A) and has 12 points this season, which ranks fifth in the WHL for U-17 players. The Prince Albert native is tied for third on the Pats in points.
“I think just confidence is a big thing,” Howe said at last week’s media availability. “Playing with speed and just getting open. My linemates obviously have been finding me and it’s been good.”
The under-17 roster was selected by Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.), senior vice-president of hockey operations, Alan Millar (Tottenham, Ont.), director of player personnel, and Byron Bonora (Brooks, Alta.), head scout for the U17 program. U17 Program of Excellence management group lead Philippe Boucher (Saint-Apollinaire, Que./Drummondville, QMJHL) and manager of hockey operations Benoit Roy (Sudbury, Ont.), as well as regional scouts Pierre Cholette (Quebec), Rob Simpson (Ontario), Darren Sutherland (Atlantic) and Darrell Woodley (Ontario), also provided input with support from Hockey Canada’s 13 Members.
For the full list of men’s players taking part in this tournament, click here. The Capital City Challenge opens on Nov. 26 at TD Place Arena, home of the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League.