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This has been a dream season so far for the Sarnia Sting, and their future looks bright as well.
They have two rookies forward Jamieson Rees and defenceman Colton Kammerer representing Canada at the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge that begins Sunday in Dawson Creek and Fort St.
great, Sting head coach Derian Hatcher said. we were hoping to have three. It’s unfortunate for Hogey (rookie defenceman Alexandre Hogue), but to have two sent, I think it’s definitely great for us, it’s great for our scouting staff and it’s good for the future. is on Canada Black and Kammerer is on Canada Red for the eight team tournament. Canada has three entries, while the United States, Russia, Czech Republic, Sweden and Finland have one apiece.
They’re the first Sting players chosen for Canada since Jordan Kyrou and Jakob Chychrun in 2014. (Chychrun didn’t play due to an injury.)
Kammerer, 16, was a longshot to make the tournament because, unlike Rees, he wasn’t invited to Hockey Canada’s under 17 development camp in the summer. He had to earn his spot on Canada Red by turning heads with the Sting.
play here put him on that team, and that says a lot in itself, Hatcher said.
Twenty three OHLers are playing for Canada at the tournament. Only two Kammerer and Joe Carroll of the Soo Greyhounds weren’t drafted in the first two rounds.
The six foot, 169 pound Kammerer was a third round pick this year. He had one goal and four assists in 14 games before Friday’s action.
liked him at the rookie camp, Hatcher said. really liked him at (main) camp and wanted to sign him right away. I think the biggest surprise is he’s more poised than we had thought. He does a lot of things with the puck that are more veteran plays. led all OHL rookies with a plus nine rating before Friday’s game. His five points were tied for the most among first year defencemen.
we’ve been working with him a lot, but there’s a few things he does out there that are hard to teach, Hatcher said. Just patience with the puck, just some of the plays he makes. He has poise. Poise is hard to teach. Maybe through the course of a year or two you can start to teach it, but he has incredible poise with the puck for a young kid. 16, was drafted ninth overall in the first round. He missed training camp and the first two weeks of the regular season after suffering a high ankle sprain at the Hockey Canada under 17 camp.
Once he got into the lineup, he didn’t take long to show off his skills.
first few games, you could see he’s going to be a really, really good player here, Hatcher said.
The five foot nine, 161 pound Rees looked so good in his first three games, he was moved up to the No. 1 line with Jordan Kyrou and Drake Rymsha. He has two goals and five assists in their five games together.
great player, Rymsha said. guys can see how skilled he is and how smart he is. For me and Jordan, it’s just important for us to realize that he is young and mistakes are going to be made, but we’ve just got to continue to talk to him and help him through those learning grinds that you go through when you’re 16. has eight points in eight games overall. He was drafted as a centre, but he’s been playing left wing on the top line.
fine over there, Hatcher said. can see he still does a lot of things he’s used to getting away with in midget hockey probably, but he’s learning. This is going to be a kid that, even this year but in the upcoming years, he’s going to do a lot of good things.