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The Ontario Under -17 Program of Excellence is rich in history and has developed a number of players and team personnel who have gone onto successful professional careers. Numerous current and former NHLers have played for Team Ontario, including recent alumni Matt Duchene, Ryan O'Reilly, Taylor Hall, Steve Stamkos, Syler Seguin, Jeff Skinner and Devante Smith-Pelly. Alumni Joe Thornton, Jason Spezza, Rick Nash and Eric Staal. Former players include Eric Lindros, Owen Nolan, Mike Peca, Chris Pronger and Ed Jovanovski. Former coaches and administrators for Team Ontario include Marc Crawford and Sam McMaster.
In 2014 Hockey Canada undertook a restructuring of the provincial Under 17 Program of Excellence and as result there was a transition to the OHL Under-16 Gold Cup from the Under-17 Regional and Provincial Camps previously hosted by the HDCO member associations. To help identify players for the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, Hockey Canada hosts a national under-17 camp in July for 100 players.
Team Ontario has captured 12 Gold medals at both the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and Canada Winter Games events.
|2015||CWGU16||Prince George, British Columbia||Gold|
|2014||WHC||Cape Breton, Nova Scotia||5th|
|2011||CWGU16||Halifax, Nova Scotia||4th|
|2009||WHC||Port Alberni, British Columbia||Gold|
|2004||WHC||St. John’s, Newfoundland||Gold|
|2003||CWG||Bathurst/Campbellton, New Brunswick||Bronze|
|2001||WHC||New Glasgow, Nova Scotia||Bronze|
|1999||CWG||Corner Brook, Newfoundland||4th|
|1997||WHC||Red Deer, Alberta||Gold|
|1996||WHC||Moncton, New Brunswick||Gold|
|1995||CWG||Grand Prairie, Alberta||4th|
|1993||WHC||Kirkland Lake, Ontario||Gold|