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Two Vees named to roster of 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

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PENTICTON - Two players on the Penticton Vees roster will be playing in the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, finding themselves among 66 players chosen.

Dante Fabbro, was one of 22 players selected on Team Canada Red who are grouped with Sweden, Slovakia and the United States in group B. Fabbro is originally from Coquitlam and came to the Vees last season at age 15 after a season with the Northwest Giants and the B.C. Major Midget League. Fabbro led all BCMML defensemen in scoring, putting up a staggering 22 goals and 61 points in just 38 games. He was a member of the Burnaby Winter Club prior to playing in the BCMML and was named the HOCKEYNOW’s B.C. Minor Hockey Player of the year in 2013. Fabbro and Jost won a silver medal with Team B.C. at the 2013 Western Canada Under-16 Cup in Calgary, Alberta, last November.

Jost was named to Team Canada White, in Group A along with Team Canada Black, Russia and Finland. Jost is from Leduc, Alta. and currently tied with Mitch Newsome for the team scoring lead with three goals and seven points in just four games. Jost suited up for the Okanagan Rockets last year and was the BCMML scoring champion putting up 44 goals and 88 points in just 36 regular season games.

As well, Jost led the BCMML in the playoffs, scoring nine goals and 18 points in seven games and leading the Rockets to their second BCMML championship in franchise history. Jost’s Rockets beat Fabbro’s Giants in the final. The Rockets bested the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs in the Pacific Regional Qualifier, to advance to the Telus Cup Midget National Championship in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Jost had three goals and six points in seven games at the Telus Cup, helping the Rockets to a Bronze Medal.

The 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge takes place in Sarnia Ont. Nov. 2-8. For the first time in tournament history, the event features three Canadian teams: Black, Red and White. From 1986-2014, the tournament featured five Canadian regional teams: Atlantic, Pacific, Ontario, Quebec and West.

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