Niagara, ON – Hockey Canada has announced a roster of 113 players invited to its virtual national under-17 development camp, set for July 19-25, as well as the coaching staffs that will lead Canada’s national men’s under-17 teams at the 2020 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, presented by TELUS.
Included in the players invited are Niagara IceDogs 2020 OHL Priority Selection first two picks Pano Fimis (2nd overall), and Alec Leonard (27th overall).
Fimis, a Richmond Hill born centreman, played the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons with the Greater Toronto Hockey League’s (GTHL) Toronto Jr. Canadiens. In 59 games, the 16-year old scored 41 goals and collected 63 assists, for 104 points. He had a 65.24% face-off percentage in that time. He was named an Alternate Captain in his first year with the Jr. Canadiens program (2018-19), and was named Captain in 2019-20. He helped the Jr. Canadiens win the GTHL’s playoffs. They would have been the top seed for the GTHL at the OHL Cup, had they taken place. Fimis was named to the GTHL’s 2020 Top Prospects Game, and helped Canada capture bronze at the 2020 Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland. He was named the 2020 GTHL player of the Year.
Leonard, the Toronto born defenceman, played the 2019-20 season with Mississauga Reps of the GTHL. In 32 games with the Reps, he scored 5 goals and collected 10 assists. Leonard is widely regarded as an elite puck-moving defenceman that provides a strong physical presence. He’s known for his smooth skating and ability to lead the rush from deep in his own zone. Leonard was also named to the GTHL’s 2020 Top Prospects Game.
In addition to Fimis and Leonard being named to the virtual development camp, Niagara IceDogs Athletic Therapist Chris Trivieri will be serving as a member of the support staff that will work with the three Canadian teams at the 2020 World U17 Hockey Challenge, presented by TELUS.
Trivieri, of Welland, previously worked with Hockey Canada at the 2017 and 2018 U17 Development Camps. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, Health and Physical Education/Fitness from Brock University in 2012, and an Honours BASC in Athletic Therapy, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation from Sheridan College in 2016. He’s a Canadian Certified Athletic Therapist – CAT(C) from the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association and is licensed in Facial Stretch Therapy (2016) and Muscle Energy of the Lumbar Spine & Pelvis (2015). In 2020 he became a Certified Functional Strength Coach. In the past he’s worked with the Toronto Marlies (AHL), Brandon Wheatkings (WHL), and Kingston Frontenacs (OHL). He completed his first season with the IceDogs as the 2019-20 season came to an end in March 2020.
On June 9th, Trivieri was awarded a Merit Award by the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association. The award recognizes members that have, through their work, saved a life, prevented a serious accident or performed an outstanding emergency service. Chris received the award in recognition of his life-saving actions on December 12th following a horrific injury to goaltender Tucker Tynan.
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