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Ottawa, ON – Hockey Canada has announced the 66 players who will wear the Maple Leaf in Langley and Delta for the 2022 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge this November. The list includes current Jr. Senators defenceman Frankie Marrelli representing Team White, while former U18 netminder David Egorov will represent Team Black.
“We’re extremely proud of both Frankie and David,” said OJS President and current Ottawa 67’s Assistant Coach Martin Dagenais. “To have two players with ties to our organization compete in this prestigious event is very exciting.”
Marrelli, 16, joined the Jr. Senators this past weekend recording an assist in two games. This past spring, Marrelli was selected in the first round, 21st overall by the Ottawa 67’s in the OHL Priority Selection. Following a standout 2021-22 season with his hometown Markham Waxers U16 team, the defenceman scored 12 goals and 23 assists for 35 points in 26 games. During the OHL Cup, Marrelli finished third on his team in scoring, with a goal and five assists in five games.
“Frankie won’t be spending a lot of time in the CCHL, but we hope that his time with the club will give him the confidence needed to be a regular defenseman at the OHL level,” explained Dagenais. “I work with him every day with the 67’s and I can tell you that the sky is the limit for him.”
Egorov, 16, was the highest goaltender selected in Hamilton Bulldogs history this past year, reflecting a dominant 2021-22 season with the OJS U18 AAA program. Taken in the fourth round, 64th overall, Egorov led HEO with a .926 save percentage to go along with a sparkling 2.16 GAA. The Manotick native was later crowned HEO Goaltender of the Year. Egorov was a call-up several times to the Jr. A club last season but is currently with the Hamilton Kilty B’s, the Bulldogs’ GOJHL affiliate.
“I still can’t believe we were able to draft him (David) in the seventh round of the CCHL draft a year ago,” added Dagenais. “He was easily the best goalie at the U18 level last season and was rewarded for his hard work when the Hamilton Bulldogs drafted him in the fourth round this summer. I’m quite confident that he’ll have success there for years to come.”
The Ottawa Jr. Senators organization wishes both the best of luck!