Seattle Thunderbirds right wing Payton Mount has been selected to play for Team Canada at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Mount is one 66 players selected by Hockey Canada to represent their country at the tournament. Hockey Canada will assign the 66 players to Team Canada White, Team Canada Black and Team Canada Red in the coming weeks.
The 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge takes place from November 3 to November 10 in Saint John and Quispamsis, New Brunswick. Eight teams will compete over the seven day tournament. Team Canada Black, Team Canada White, the Czech Republic and United States will play in Group A. Team Canada Red, Finland, Russia and Sweden will comprise Group B.
“The Thunderbird family is extremely proud of Payton,” said La Forge. “It is always nice to see the hard work of our players recognized. I am confident Payton will do a tremendous job of representing our club and his country.”
Mount was the T-Birds first round bantam pick in 2017 and has played in seven games this season and has four assists.
The 66 players were selected by Brad McEwen, head scout for Hockey Canada, with assistance from Hockey Canada’s Under-17 Program of Excellence management group lead Martin Mondou, and regional scouts Carl Bouchard (Quebec), Barclay Branch (Ontario), Barclay Parneta (West), Darren Sutherland (Atlantic), and Darrell Woodley (Ontario).