Thursday, April 06, 2006

Corrente and McDonough make Team Canada

Saginaw Spirit defenseman Matt Corrente and forward Ryan McDonough have earned a spot on Team Canada’s Under-18 squad headed to Sweden for the World Under-18 Championship this month.

“We’re thrilled for both of these young men,” said Spirit coach-GM Bob Mancini. “They are truly deserving of this opportunity.”

McDonough set the Spirit team record for points during the 2005-2006 season with 39 goals and 49 assists for 88 points in 68 games played. The Spirit acquired the 18-year-old native of Toronto in a trade with Sudbury last July. He was the Wolves’ first pick, fifth overall, in the 2004 OHL Priority Selection.

Corrente had six goals and 20 assists and was +2 in 61 regular season games in 2005-2006. The 18-year-old native of Mississauga, Ontario was the Spirit’s first pick, second overall, in the 2004 OHL Priority Selection.

Previous Spirit participants in the Under-18 challenge include Tom Pyatt (2005), Jean-Michel Rizk (2004) and Geoff Platt and Paul Bissonnette (2003). Spirit captain Patrick McNeill was named to the 2005 squad, but was unable to attend due to injury.

The tournament begins April 12 and concludes April 22.

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