Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Veleno to miss U-17 tournament

Saint John Sea Dogs forward Joe Veleno has “withdrawn” from the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, the team announced today.

According to a press release, Veleno is dealing with a lower body injury.

“Joe is disappointed and we are disappointed for him,” Sea Dogs president and general manager Trevor Georgie said in the release. “He was looking forward to playing in the Challenge a second time, and I know our organization and our fans were excited to see Joe on the world stage. In consultation with our medical staff, it was decided that Joe should rest and rehabilitate his injury here.”

Veleno was expected to suit up for Canada White at the event – the second straight year he had been named to Canada’s roster.

The 16-year-old exceptional forward was first injured in Saint John’s 3-2 overtime loss in Boisbriand on Oct. 12. He played this past Friday at home against Val-d’Or but missed Saturday’s match against Rouyn-Noranda.

Veleno was held scoreless in the Oct. 12 match and Friday’s. He’s been held pointless in just one other game this season, registering one goal and six assists in nine games.

Ryan Chyzowski of the Medicine Hat Tigers will replace Veleno on Canada White.

The Sea Dogs will still be represented at the tournament with assistant coach Paul Boutilier acting as head coach of Canada Black.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

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