CALGARY, A.B. – With action set to get underway next week, Hockey Canada has finalized the rosters for the three Canadian teams participating at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Sault Ste. Marie next week.Fort St. John native Tristen Nielsen will be playing for Team Canada White, which will be coached by Lethbridge Hurricanes head coach and former Calgary Hitmen Assistant General Manager Brent Kisio. Nielsen, who currently has one assist in five games playing in his first full season with the Hitmen, says that he’s incredibly excited going into the tournament, especially playing for the team that won the U17 in Dawson Creek last year.In addition to playing for the Hitmen, Nielsen is also a veteran of playing internationally, when he represented Canada at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics in Lillehammer earlier this year. He said that the he feels that the experience has given him an advantage over some of the other players that tried out, knowing some of the Hockey Canada staff, their methods, and their expectations. He added that he’s excited to play with Joe Veleno, who is the only player that will be returning to the U17’s this year, this time playing for Canada White. He will also be bringing in his WHL experience, which he says has far more structure in terms of learning new positions and new skills than Midget hockey that he’s played up until this year.- Advertisement -Nielsen said that apart from the hockey itself, he is also looking forward to meeting the other players representing both Canada and the other five countries at the tournament, learning who the competition will be going forward into the NHL Entry Draft in several years’ time. After leaving for Sault St. Marie next Monday, Nielsen will be spending the week practicing before Canada White’s first preliminary round game on Thursday against Canada Red. The team begins the tournament on October 30th at 4:00 p.m. EST against Canada Black.The Essar Centre and John Rhodes Community Centre will play host to the eight teams who will gut it out during seven days of competition in the hopes of securing gold for their country. Team Canada Black, Team Canada White, the Czech Republic and United States will play in Group A, while Team Canada Red, Finland, Russia and Sweden will comprise Group B.
VAN NUYS – A half-dozen civic and public officials were honored Friday for community service as recipients of Justice Armand Arabian Leaders in Public Service Awards, given by the Encino Chamber of Commerce. More than 400 people attended the luncheon honoring Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich of Glendale; retired Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Ron Bergmann of Winnetka; philanthropists Jane and Bert Boeckmann, owners of Galpin Motors in North Hills; City Controller Laura Chick of Silver Lake; and U.S. District Court Judge Dickran Tevrizian of Pasadena. “These are a tremendous collection of outstanding individuals who have dedicated their lives to working for the public good,” said Arabian, a retired California Supreme Court justice for whom the awards are named. “They could have done many other things, but they decided to serve the public, and that’s what makes us proud of them.” In introducing Bergmann, who served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 32 years, including more than four years as commanding officer for the Valley, Arabian said, “When you see the door of a police car that says `To protect and serve,’ this is the poster boy for that message.” Bergmann thanked the group for the honor and added, “More than anything, the Valley is full of great people.” Antonovich, whose Fifth District includes the San Fernando Valley, said the field of public service “needs to have people who have the ability to say `no’ when `no’ is called for,” and with the strength to pursue ideas and goals without being discouraged by naysayers. And Chick talked about the potential for the city’s residents, noting, “We’re in an extraordinary time of opportunity.” Ruth Sepanian, 18, a graduate of North Hollywood High School, also was awarded a $1,000 scholarship at the event. She currently attends California State University, Northridge, where she is majoring in biology and aspires to become a doctor. Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The award honors public- and private-sector leaders who have demonstrated outstanding volunteerism and used creativity in enhancing the areas they serve. Tevrizian said it meant a lot to him to be honored by the Encino Chamber of Commerce. “This is the pulse of the Valley,” he said. “They are the buffer between government and the people trying to bring high-quality jobs to the city.” The Boeckmanns were honored for their philanthropic support of the community. Jane Boeckmann said she started Valley Magazine, for which she is editor-in-chief and publisher, in order to shine a positive spotlight on the San Fernando Valley – “to raise the image of the Valley – that there are people who not only have value, but are of value.”