Penticton Vees defenceman Josh Niedermayer, younger brother of Vees forward Jackson, will particpate in Hockey Canada’s under-17 virtual development camp July 19 to 25. (Cherie Morgan Photography)

Penticton Vees defender invited to Hockey Canada U17 camp

Josh Niedermayer will play his first full season with the Vees next season

Soon-to-be Penticton Vees defenceman, Josh Niedermayer, has been invited to participate in Hockey Canada’s virtual national under-17 development camp next month.

Hockey Canada announced the 113 players who will participate in the camp on June 24. The group includes the Vees’ incoming 16-year-old defenceman Niedermayer as well as 36 other defencemen, 113 forwards and 12 goaltenders.

The camp will take place from July 19 to 25.

READ MORE: Penticton Vees swap goalies with Grande Prairie Storm

The players will be split up into six teams for the week-long virtual camp, participating in a variety of sessions with a focus on player development through online education.

Niedermayer is set to join his older brother Jackson for the 2020-21 season with the Vees.

The young defenceman affiliated with Penticton for three games during the 2019-20 campaign.

Last season, the 5’11”, 203-pound rearguard tallied 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points from the back end in 36 games over the course of the season with the Okanagan Hockey Academy’s Midget Prep Red team.

Niedermayer will look to impress in the virtual camp as the 2020 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge is set to take place in Charlottetown and Summerside, P.E.I., in November.

READ MORE: Josh Niedermayer commits to Vees alongside brother Jackson

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