Men’s Hockey News

U SPORTS announced Monday the roster of the 2017 U SPORTS Men’s Hockey All-Star Team for the upcoming two-game series against Canada’s National Junior Team prospects.

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McGill defenceman Nathan Chiarlitti

The games are set for Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT and Thursday, Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, Ont., home of the OHL’s Niagara IceDogs.  The games will mark the culmination of a four-day camp for the U SPORTS Men’s Hockey All-Stars beginning Dec. 11, while also serving as part of Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship slated for Dec. 26 -Jan. 5 in Buffalo, N.Y.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Hockey Canada for what should be two very entertaining hockey games, and a continued partnership between our organizations,” said Graham Brown, President and CEO of U SPORTS. “We all know how excited Canadians get every December about Canada’s National Junior Team. These games will provide great exposure for U SPORTS men’s hockey, and I know our players and coaches are looking forward to shining on a national stage.” 

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Carleton forward Brett Welychka

It will mark the third straight year Canada’s National Junior Team Prospects have faced off against the U SPORTS Men’s Hockey All-Stars, all but one of whom have CHL major junior experience, including six returning players from last year’s squad.

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StFX forward Holden Cook

Brad Peddle, head coach of the StFX X-Men will serve as the team’s bench boss alongside assistant coaches Mark Howell of the Calgary Dinos, Trevor Stienburg from the Saint Mary’s Huskies and Patrick Grandmaître of the Ottawa Gee-Gees.

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StFX bench boss Brad Peddle 


"This is a tremendous event with very high level competition, and I look forward to coaching the team representing U SPORTS top hockey players across the nation,” said Peddle, who along with Howell was behind the bench as an assistant coach at the 2016 event in Boisbriand, Que.  “We have a great assistant coaching staff in place that I am very much looking forward to working with in an effort to provide our student-athletes with an outstanding experience.”

Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team has faced U SPORTS competition on a regular basis since 1988.

U SPORTS Men’s Hockey All-Stars Roster

Sébastien Auger UQTR St-Augustin-de-
Desmaures, Que.
4 5-11 160 Saint John (QMJHL)
Jordon Cooke** Saskatchewan Leduc, Alta. 4 5-10 185 Kelowna (WHL)
Spencer Abraham** Queen's Campbellville, Ont. 4 5-10 178 Erie (OHL)
Dylan Busenius Calgary Sherwood Park, Alta. 4 6-0 202 Saskatoon (WHL)
Nathan Chiarlitti* McGill Maple, Ont. 5 5-11 195 StFX (AUS) /
Owen Sound (OHL)
Jagger Dirk StFX Penticton, B.C. 4 6-0 197 Kootenay (WHL)
Jason Fram Alberta Delta, B.C. 2 6-0 200 Allen (ECHL) /
Spokane (WHL)
Randy Gazzola UNB Thorold, Ont. 4 6-3 210 Val-d’Or (QMJHL)
Kendall McFaull* Saskatchewan Rosetown, Sask. 5 6-3 210 Moose Jaw (WHL)
Stephen Anderson UNB Morell, P.E.I. 3 5-11 195 Cape Breton (QMJHL)
Michael Clarke StFX London, Ont. 3 6-0 185 Peterborough (OHL)
Holden Cook* StFX Oshawa, Ont. 3 6-0 190 Owen Sound (OHL)
Cain Franson Calgary Sicamous, B.C. 4 6-2 185 Allen (CHL) /
Vancouver (WHL)
Hunter Garlent Saint Mary's Thorold, Ont. 2 5-9 183 Peterborough (OHL)
Stephen Harper Acadia Burlington, Ont. 2 6-3 215 Niagara (OHL)
Boston Leier Acadia Saskatoon, Sask. 4 5-10 195 Regina (WHL)
Logan McVeigh Saskatchewan Kenaston, Sask. 3 6-0 185 Kamloops (WHL)
Luke Philp Alberta Canmore, Alta. 2 5-10 175 Red Deer (WHL)
Josh Roach Saskatchewan Saskatoon, Sask. 5 6-0 190 Flin Flon (SJHL)
Cole Sanford Alberta Coldstream, B.C. 2 5-9 170 Colorado (ECHL)/
Regina (WHL)
Brett Welychka* Carleton London, Ont. 3 5-10 188 Belleville (OHL)



  • Head Coach: Brad Peddle, StFX (13th season)*
  • Assistant Coach: Mark Howell, Calgary (9th season)*
  • Assistant Coach: Trevor Stienburg, Saint Mary’s (21st season)
  • Assistant Coach: Patrick Grandmaître, Ottawa (2nd season)

*Returning player/coach from 2016

**Returning player from 2015 and 2016