Syvret named to Ontario under-17 team

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:52 AM ET

Corey Syvret will spend another Christmas away from home this year, but this time he won't be taking his entire family with him.

The London Knights rookie defenceman was named yesterday to the Ontario team that will compete at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Regina on Dec. 29-Jan. 4.

Older brother Danny Syvret, the ex-Knights captain, played for the gold medal-winning Canadian team at the world junior hockey championship last year in Grand Forks, N.D. The Syvrets made an event out of it and celebrated Christmas in a hotel there.

"We had everybody out there -- parents, grandparents, great-uncles," 16-year-old Corey said. "It was a great time. I'm going away this year but I know nothing will make them more proud than having a relative representing the country or, in this case, province in hockey."

The Knights' No. 1 pick in last summer's OHL draft is looking forward to playing on a team with Guelph defenceman and London native Drew Doughty, Ottawa forward and London native Logan Couture and 15-year-old Oshawa phenom John Tavares.

"We should have a pretty good team," Syvret said. "We have (Sarnia defenceman) Mark Katic, Doughty on the point."

The team also includes former Stratford Culliton Zach Torquato of the Saginaw Spirit and Dan Lombardi of the Sarnia Sting.

Knights assistant coach Jacques Beaulieu will be behind the bench with Barrie's Marty Williamson and Guelph's Jason Brooks.

Ontario will play in a division with the U.S., Slovakia, Quebec and Team West.

The hunted

Knights head coach Dale Hunter was sporting a nasty-looking set of stitches above his right eye after accidentally getting beaned with a puck during practice on Monday at the John Labatt Centre.

"I thought I was over this kind of stuff," former NHLer Hunter said with a grin.

Time change

The Knights' home game on Sunday, Dec. 11 against Guelph has been switched from a 2 p.m. start to 7 p.m. to accommodate Rogers Sportsnet, which will televise the game.

Injury update

London defenceman Matt McCready should be ready to play tonight in Saginaw while newly acquired blue-liner David Jarram is an expected scratch after suffering a mild concussion in his Knights debut Friday against Owen Sound.

McCready, who suffered a broken bone in his hand earlier this year and missed a month, experienced swelling in the same hand recently. He practised yesterday.

"Matt is cleared to play," Knights assistant coach Jeff Perry said. "David is still going to need some time."


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