Top scorer in Canadian province looks to be leading producer at international tournament

The North American program DHI has had an influence on the World Selects Invitational series since 2016. In four previous appearances in the North American tournament, DHI has qualified for the playoff rounds three times, with its best finish being a 7-1-0 second place in their tournament debut. Now focusing on its first trip to Nashville for the 15U World Selects Trophy, DHI will rely on strong performances from a few key players.

Defenseman Ryan White was a standout for the U15 Ottawa Senators in the Hockey Eastern Ontario (HEO) AAA league. He finished in the top five in scoring among defensemen with six goals and 21 points in 22 games. White will be joined by a top D from the opposite end of the country, with Calgary, Alberta, native Jackson Smith. A key player for Edge School U15 Prep, Smith scored 21 goals and 51 points in 33 games. Thirteen of those points in the CSSHL playoffs, leading his team, as Edge finished in third place.

The leading scorer in the HEO among 2007s, Jacob Cloutier scored 32 goals and 60 points in 26 games for the Ottawa Jr. 67s. The team finished with a 40-12-8 record and ranked among the Top 10 in Canada. Cloutier will now look to be a leading producer against the best 2007-born players in the world at WSI.

The DHI program has been a contender for 15U world championships in years past, but hasn’t advanced past the first round of the playoffs in three straight appearances. This group in 2022 will look to turn the tides in Tennessee when the puck drops on May 11.

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