Two Hounds invited to Hockey Canada Summer Showcase

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On Monday, Hockey Canada has announced a total of 196 players who have been invited to attend the National Teams’ Summer Showcase that will run from July 26th-August 6th.

With 79 of those players and prospects being from the Ontario Hockey League, 2 of those guys include Hounds veteran Zach Senyshyn and 2016 first round pick Barrett Hayton.

Hounds right winger Zach Senyshyn, who notched 45 goals and 65 points through 66 games during the 2015-2016 regular season, is one of 13 Ontario Hockey League players invited to attend Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Development Camp.

During his first full season with the Hounds in 2014-2015, Senyshyn finished second in Ontario Hockey League rookie scoring with 26 goals and 45 points through 66 regular season games.

Following his rookie season, the Ottawa, Ontario native was selected in the first round (15th overall) by the Boston Bruins at the 2015 National Hockey League Entry Draft, becoming the first Soo Greyhound to be drafted in the first round by the Boston Bruins since Joe Thornton, who was selected first overall by the Bruins back in 1997.

This summer, the 19 year old has also taken an active leadership role in the community of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, as he put together the “Zach Senyshyn Hitting For Hospice Softball Tournament”, which ran from June 10th-12th, and has raised a total of $10,000 towards ARCH Hospice.

Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp, which runs from July 30th-August 6th, will be holding their practices with a total of 41 players from July 30th-August 2nd in Toronto, Ontario, and they will then play in a series against Finland, Sweden, and the United States at the USA Hockey Arena located in Plymouth, Michigan.

Players, including Senyshyn, will be monitored, along with other potential candidates in the first half of the regular season, especially at the CHL Canada Russia Series, to see who can be invited to attend Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp in December.

Hounds 2016 first round pick (9th overall) Barrett Hayton, is one of 45 Ontario Hockey League prospects who are invited to attend Canada’s National Under-17 Development Camp.

Hayton, who committed to the Hounds earlier this month, had 36 goals and 73 points through 59 regular season games played with the GTMMHL’s Toronto Red Wings Minor Midget AAA team last season.

Canada’s National Under-17 Development Camp, which runs from July 26th-August 1st, will have team practices and games.

Following the Under-17 Camp, the players, along with 16 year old Barrett Hayton, will continue being evaluated throughout the first couple months of their regular season, and then 66 out of 111 players will be selected to represent Canada on either Team Black, Team Red or Team White, which will be at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, held in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario from October 30th-November 5th.

A total of 22 players will be selected to play for Team Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship held in Toronto, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec from December 26th-January 5th.

T-BIRD TIES

Flint Firebirds prospect Dennis Busby, who is a defenceman that was selected in the 2nd round (23rd overall) at the 2016 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection, was also invited to attend Canada’s National Under-17 Development Camp.

Dennis is the younger brother of Soo Thunderbirds defenceman Matt Busby.

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Matt Stefano
Matt had graduated from Sault College in the General Arts and Sciences program in 2011 and has been working in the sports field ever since. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native has worked as an Athletics Assistant in the Sault College Athletics Department during his final year of school in 2011. After graduating, Stefano worked for two years at the George Leach Centre from 2011-2013 for the Algoma University Thunderbirds Varsity Basketball Games as an Athletics Assistant. From 2013 on, Stefano has been working as the Soo Thunderbirds communications person and has also been volunteering with Shaw TV Sault Ste. Marie since 2014, doing Soo Thunderbirds TV Segments.