Delhi teen off to U-17 hockey camp

Sudbury Wolves prospects do battle as Chase Stillman (centre) of Team NOHA takes on Landon McCallum (right) of Team Alliance during the OHL Gold Cup. Dan Hickling/Hickling Images

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A Norfolk teen has been invited to Hockey Canada’s National U-17 Development Camp.

Landon McCallum, from Delhi, will be heading to Alberta later this month to take part in the camp.

The camp is taking place at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park. It will be running from July 19 to 26.

There were 112 players invited to this camp, 12 goaltenders, 36 defencemen and 64 forwards. McCallum is one of those forwards.

The centre went 15th overall in the OHL draft this past April to the Sudbury Wolves. He heard he was invited to the camp in mid-June when the list of players was released.

Most of his time since the draft has been spent training.

“Lots of training, lots of work is being put in,” said McCallum. “It takes a lot of time out of your day, but it becomes a routine. It’s pretty fun when you do it with your buddies.”

The 15-year-old spent this past season with the Brantford Minor Hockey Association’s Minor Midget AAA team, and helped bring home the Ontario Minor Midget AAA Division championship title.

McCallum’s goals for this camp are to build routines that push him.

“Probably just maturing quicker, and getting into routines that will push you to become better,” McCallum said. “Just forcing you out of your comfort zones.”

“I’m just kind of seeing what comes. I haven’t started yet, I don’t really want to jinx anything,” said McCallum. “I’m just kind of getting into it and living it day by day.”

 

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