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(Windsor, ON) – A pair of Spitfire staffers will represent Canada at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, November 3rd to 10th in Saint John and Quispamsis, N.B.
Goalie Coach Perry Wilson and new team physiotherapist Mark Packwood will be among those working with some of the country’s best young players. Among those could be 2018 draft picks Jean-Luc Foudy and Kyle McDonald, who are among 111 players that will attend Hockey Canada’s U-17 development camp July 21st to 27th in Calgary.
Wilson will work on the men’s side of the Program of Excellence for the first time, having previously coached the Women’s Under-18 team and Senior Women’s Worlds teams, both back in 2012.
“For me it’s another step up and another great thing for the Spitfires to have another coach make it to the national level to work again with elite athletes,” Wilson said. “It’s an honour to move over to the men’s side to continue to expand my skill set. The experience will also help me bring more to the table with the Spitfires and the rest of the goalies I work with.”
For Packwood, the call is his second straight with the Under-17 team. He also worked as a training camp therapist in 2016 and with the Women’s National Team in 2015.
“It was great being there last year,” Packwood said. “It had been more than 10 years since I played in the tournament myself. So it was cool to get back there and to see the excitement the players had putting on the jersey.”
Packwood says he’s thrilled at the opportunity to make it back-to-back years.
“It’s another opportunity to come back with a medal,” he added. “Getting to work with some people again and to make new acquaintances. It’s funny how things shape up. Hockey is a small world. I’m looking forward to the fun and excitement of it and hopefully something memorable.”