A pair of Yale Hockey Academy products have been invited to Hockey Canada’s virtual national under-17 development camp, which occurs in July.
Abbotsford native Grayden Siepmann and Agassiz resident Ben Thornton were both invited to the camp, which features a total of 113 players split into six teams led by nine notable junior hockey coaches. The camp runs from July 19 to 25 and will see all players participate in a variety of sessions with a focus on player development through online education.
Both Siepmann and Thornton have attended Yale Secondary for the past three years.
Siepmann and Thornton were chosen 13th and 15th respectively at the 2019 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. Siepmann was selected by the Calgary Hitmen, while Thornton was snagged by the Spokane Chiefs.
Siepmann, a defenceman, collected 17 points in 30 games for the Yale Lions this past season, while Thornton, a forward, put up 40 points in 34 games. Thornton also suited up in one game for the Chiefs in 2019-20.
“The national under-17 development camp is the first stage in introducing these athletes to the Program of Excellence, and it is a great opportunity for them to develop as players and learn what it takes to wear the Maple Leaf,” stated Scott Salmond, senior vice-president of national teams with Hockey Canada in a press release. “Our three under-17 teams are very fortunate to have these nine experienced coaches, and we know our coaching and support staffs will embrace the opportunity to guide the development of the top young players in Canada.”
For more information, visit hockeycanada.ca.