With the Sport Chek World Junior Showcase set to get underway at the end of July, it was announced on Wednesday that three Soo Greyhounds have been invited to try out for Canada’s National Junior Team.
The three Soo Greyhounds that have been invited are goaltender Matthew Villalta and forwards Morgan Frost and Barrett Hayton.
During the 2017-2018 regular season, Hounds goaltender Matthew Villalta led the entire Ontario Hockey League in wins (40) and had the lowest goals against average (2.58).
Villata’s 40 wins during the regular season, tied Brandon Halverson (2015) for the Soo Greyhounds record for most wins in a single season by a goaltender.
The Godfrey, Ontario native was selected in the 3rd round (72nd overall) by the Los Angeles Kings during the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Third year forward Morgan Frost led the Hounds in scoring during the 2017-2018 regular season with 42 goals and 112 points in 67 games.
Frost, who was selected in the 1st round (27th overall) by the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, became the first Soo Greyhound to record 100 points in a regular season since Nick Cousins did back in 2012-2013.
Hayton, who had just completed his second season with the Hounds, scored 21 times and set up 39 others in 63 regular season games.
The 18 year old was selected in the 1st round (5th overall) by the Arizona Coyotes at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
The Peterborough, Ontario native became just the second Soo Greyhound to be selected 5th overall in the NHL Entry Draft, joining Richard Jackman (1996, Dallas Stars).
The Sport Chek World Junior Showcase will run from July 28th-August 4th in Kamloops, British Columbia.
In last season’s IIHF World Junior Championship, a pair of Greyhounds won gold with Team Canada, including defenceman Conor Timmins and forward Boris Katchouk.