U16 Program of Excellence
Hockey Canada established the Program of Excellence in 1981 to identify the top calibre hockey players in specific age categories and to provide these players with an opportunity to participate against international competition. By participating in the Program of Excellence, players are exposed to high calibre coaching and training methods designed to better prepare our national teams to compete against the top teams in the world.
The Under-16 OHL Gold Cup is an annual event created to feature Ontario’s top Under-16 talent. This event not only showcases Ontario’s talent, but it is an evaluation and selection process for Team Canada. The top players from the U16 OHL Gold Cup will attend the Under-17 Team Canada National Camp where the Hockey Canada Staff will select 66 players from across the country to represent Canada at the World Under-17 Challenge held annually in December. With 8 teams and 160 players representing the ALLIANCE, GTHL, HEO, HNO, NOHA, and OMHA, the future of Canadian hockey is on display during the OHL Gold Cup
Front Row (l-r): Michael Leach, Roman Cannell, Darcy Walsh, Nicholas McHugh, Zakary Rodrigue, David Sylie, Taylor Carlson, Greg Meireles, Jacob Smith
Back Row (l-r): Sean Howard (General Manager), Kenny Fleck (Assistant Coach), Brian Gillam (Associate Coach), Mario Dupuis (Trainer), Adam Johnston, Declan Hilton, Ryan O'Connell, Matthew Titus, Liam Hawel, Gabe Vilardi, Cole Fraser, Jacob Paquette, Cameron Bisson, Ryan Shaw, Cameron Crotty, Steve Malette (Assistant Coach), Michel Perron (Trainer), Vince Malette (Head Coach), Jeff Baker (Dir. of Operations)
Missing From Photo: Thomas Stevenson