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O'Donnell to represent Canada at World Youth Olympics

(Gangwon, KOR) -- Aiden O'Donnell (Cole Harbour, NS) of the Dartmouth Steele Subaru U18's has been named to Team Canada for the upcoming 2024 World Youth Olympic games in Gangwon, Korea).

Some of the top 2008-born players in the world will be participating from six countries including Canada, the USA, Czechia, Finland, Slovakia and host Korea.

The 6.01, 170 lbs. centreman current leads all players in the Nova Scotia U18 Major Hockey League in scoring with 17 goals and 19 assists in 23 league games to date.

“Congratulations to the tremendous athletes, coaches and staff who have been selected to represent Canada in men’s hockey at the 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games,” said Katherine Henderson (Thunder Bay, ON), president and chief executive officer of Hockey Canada and co-chair of Canada’s Winter Caucus of Sport. “Wearing the Maple Leaf at the Games is an incredible honour and we know fans across our country will be cheering on this group and the rest of Team Canada on as it goes for gold.”

The roster was selected by Byron Bonora (Brooks, AB), Hockey Canada’s U17 head scout, and Kurt Keats (Winnipeg, MB), manager of hockey operations. A long list of players was shared by Hockey Canada’s 13 Members in the summer, with regional scouts Pierre Cholette (Quebec), Rob Simpson (Ontario), Darren Sutherland (Atlantic) and Darrell Woodley (Ontario) also providing input.

Spokane Chiefs' Ryan Smith will be the head coach of the team. Round robin games commence on Saturday, January 27th when Canada faces the host Korean team entry.


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