Thursday, October 13, 2016

Veleno returning to U-17 challenge

Joe Veleno is heading back to the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

The Saint John Sea Dogs forward was one of the 66 players named to Canada's roster for the annual event. The players will be divided into three teams - Canada Red, Canada White and Canada Black - closer to the tournament's start.

This year's tournament will be held Oct. 30 to Nov. 5 in Sault Ste. Marie.

At least year's tournament with Canada Black, Veleno recorded a goal and three assists in five games.

While his offensive numbers have been overshadowed by Matthew Highmore and Mathieu Joseph, Veleno is off to a strong start, recording a goal and six assists in eight games.

Veleno was injured early in last night's 3-2 Sea Dogs overtime loss in Boisbriand. According to Armada radio analyst Raphael Doucet, the injury is lower body.
Meanwhile, RDS' Stephane Leroux reports that Veleno's status for this weekend's games in Rouyn-Noranda and Val-d'Or is uncertain.
In other news...
  • The Sea Dogs were ranked sixth in the CHL Top 10 Rankings again this week.
  • The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies were ranked No. 1 this week, jumping past the WHL's Prince George Cougars. The Sea Dogs will play their only game in Rouyn-Noranda this season tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m. The two teams meet again next Saturday at Harbour Station
  • The Dogs wrap up their five-game road trip on Saturday in Val-d'Or. They return home to host the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Wednesday.
  • The Sea Dogs have introduced a number of new ticket packages recently. Visit the Sea Dogs website for details. 
  • Wednesday's game in Boisbriand was the first time this season that Matthew Highmore was held pointless.
Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

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