Bo Horvat of the London Knights has been named captain of Team Ontario's Under-17 team.
Horvat, a 16-year-old from Rodney, ON, is a former Elgin-Middlesex Chief and has 18 points in 33 games so far this season for the first place Knights.
Assistant captains for Team Ontario are fellow Knight Max Domi, and Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts.
Domi, a 16-year-old from Toronto, ON, played for the Don Mills Flyers last season and is second in rookie scoring with 32 points in 33 games. Ekblad, a 15-year-old from Belle River, ON, was the first overall pick in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection and has 21 points in 34 games this season.
Last season in Winnipeg, 20 OHL players captured Ontario’s third gold medal in four years with a thrilling 5-3 win over the United States with Sean Monahan of the Ottawa 67’s scoring the game-winning goal. Daniel Altshuller of the Oshawa Generals and Andreas Athanasiou of the London Knights were both named tournament All-Stars.
The 27-game tournament will be centered out of Windsor but will feature games in LaSalle and Tecumseh, while Amherstburg and Essex will host pre-tournament games on Wednesday.
The 10 teams are divided into two groups. Group A will feature Germany, Ontario, Pacific (Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Yukon), Sweden and West (Manitoba, Nunavut, Saskatchewan), while Atlantic (New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island), the Czech Republic, Quebec, Russia and the United States will comprise Group B.
Team Ontario begins Preliminary Action Thursday afternoon against Germany at the WFCU Centre.
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