This year's World Selects Invitational in Philadelphia was the best one yet, bringing most of the top 2002 born players in the world to compete in the tournament. 28 teams competed in the tournament with 20 coming from North America and 8 from Europe. The countries represented in the tournament were the United States, Canada, Sweden, Russia, Norway, Kazakhstan, Italy, and Latvia. Over 2000 total people attended the event between players, parents, scouts, and outside spectators. The players gained great exposure to many scouts from leagues such as the NHL, NCAA, OHL, USHL, NAHL, and many more. Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia did a great clip on the tournament which can be seen here: http://www.lgshockey.com/news_article/show/789974?referrer_id=2884464
The tournament started off with a great opening ceremony that brought in guest speakers Mark Howe (Director of Scouting for the Detroit Red Wings), Rocco Tullio (Oshawa Generals owner), and Doug Christiansen (USHL Director of Player Development & Recruitment). After the opening ceremony, the 28 teams took the ice in a very competitive tournament. The Oshawa Jr. Generals defeated the West Coast Selects in a thrilling 3-2 overtime win to to capture the championship for the second straight year. The game was officiated by NHL Hall of Fame referee Kerry Fraser. The 2017 WSI All Tournament team was comprised of forwards Alexander Holtz (Sweden), Quintin Byfield (Oshawa), Daniel Gushchin (Dynamo), and Joshua Lawrence (West Coast Selects). The defenseman were Jamie Drysdale (Oshawa), Nicolas Savoie (West Coast Selects), Ronan Seeley (Western Canada Selects) and the goalies were Tristan Lennox (East Coast Selects) and Dmitrii Menshatov (Dynamo). We look forward to bringing the top 2003 born players to Philadelphia for next year's 2018 World Selects Invitational!