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Ben Danford and David Bedkowski win silver at World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

Ontario Hockey League

A total of 11 OHL players along with hockey operations representatives are returning home from Langley and Delta, British Columbia with silver medals from the 2022 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Canada Red made it all the way to the Championship Final before falling 11-3 to the United States, finishing the tournament with an overall record of 4-3-0.

“We liked the way we started the game; we were playing well. Their goalie made some big saves when we had a power play early on,” said Canada Red head coach Greg Walters. “We thought we were playing a really good hockey game. We made one bad turnover and then the game kind of spiralled away from us.”

Porter Martone (Sarnia Sting) scored a pair of goals in the loss to finish leading all OHL players at the World Under-17’s with 12 points (7-5–12) in seven games.

Canada Black placed fourth in the tournament with a 3-3-1 record following a 7-1 loss to Finland in the Bronze Medal game. Canada White finished sixth with a record of 2-3-1.

The silver medal is Canada’s first medal finish at the World Under-17’s since 2017 when Canada Red won silver in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, BC.

OHL Representatives Earning Silver at 2022 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge:

Defencemen:
David Bedkowski (Oshawa Generals)
Anthony Cristoforo (Windsor Spitfires)
Ben Danford (Oshawa Generals)
Braedyn Rogers (Owen Sound Attack)

Forwards:
Ben Cormier (Owen Sound Attack)
Gabriel Fracsa (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jett Luchanko (Guelph Storm)
Porter Martone (Sarnia Sting)
Michael Misa (Saginaw Spirit)
Ethan Procyszyn (North Bay Battalion)
Nathan Villeneuve (Sudbury Wolves)

Hockey Operations:
Head Coach – Greg Walters (Owen Sound Attack)
Equipment Manager – Trevor Castonguay (Niagara IceDogs)

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