The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge is an International Tournament that is held every year by Hockey Canada. The tournament features eight teams, with all players under the age of 17.
The field includes three Canadian teams and five international entries in a tournament that showcases of the future stars of the game. Since the first U17 tournament in 1986, the U.S. has been joined by 10 different countries: Canada, Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia, Finland, Germany, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, Soviet Union, and Sweden.
The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge has long been a starting point for professional careers, with more than 1,600 NHL draft picks having played in the tournament. That number includes 18 players selected first overall – Pierre Turgeon, Mats Sundin, Alexandre Daigle, Bryan Berard, Joe Thornton, Vincent Lecavalier, Ilya Kovalchuk, Rick Nash, Marc-André Fleury, Alexander Ovechkin, Eric Johnson, Patrick Kane, John Tavares, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Aaron Ekblad, Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews.