Olivier LeBlanc was named to Team Quebec’s World Under-17 Hockey Challenge roster today.
The Saint John Sea Dogs rookie defenseman was one of 22 players named to Quebec’s roster for this year’s event. The tournament will be extra special for LeBlanc’s team with it being held in Victoriaville and Drummondville.
It’s not a big surprise to see LeBlanc get named to the team. He’s been one of Saint John’s best defenseman this season and it’s easy to see why he was a first round pick. He has three goals and seven assists in 20 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League games this year.
The Dogs selected LeBlanc with the 11th overall pick in June’s QMJHL Entry Draft.
As you’d expect, Quebec’s roster is filled with QMJHL players. Notables include Sherbrooke’s Daniel Audette and PEI’s Alexis Pepin.
Team Quebec plays an exhibition game on December 28 against Russia. They begin the preliminary round of the World Under-17 Challenge on December 29 against non-other than Team Atlantic. The tournament ends on January 4.
Quebec will be in a tough pool with the United States, Slovakia, Team Ontario, and Team Atlantic.
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