Blade Mann-Dixon will be participating in the World Junior A Challenge.
The Saint John Sea Dogs prospect was named to Canada East’s roster for the annual event. Only two goaltenders were named to the team.
Mann-Dixon, an 11th-round pick of the Sea Dogs in this year’s QMJHL Entry Draft, started the year in Saint John and posted a 4.56 goals against average and .852 save percentage in the two games he appeared in.
He was reassigned to the Maritime Hockey League’s Valley Wildcats a couple weeks ago. The Wildcats picked Mann-Dixon with the first overall pick in the 2013 MHL Draft and went on to win rookie of the year honours last season.
With Valley this season, the 17-year old is 2-0 with a 2.00 GAA and .930 SV%.After being held in Yarmouth the past two years, the World Junior A Challenge is being held in Kindersley, Saskatchewan this year. Canada East plays an exhibition game against Russia on Friday. Their first tournament game will be this Sunday against Switzerland.
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