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Rockets Lambert leads U-17s

Kelowna Rockets assistant coach, Dan Lambert, will get a chance to run his own bench.

Lambert has been named one of three Canadian head coaches for the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge.

The tournament will take place Oct 31 to Nov 8 at an as-yet-to-be-determined location.

Lambert joins Jean-Francois Houle (Blainville-Boisbriand - QMJHL) and Sheldon Keefe (Sault Ste Marie - OHL).

Six assistant coaches were also named.

In previous years, Canada was represented by five regional teams representing the Atlantic, Ontario, Pacific, Ontario and West.

This year's tournament is the first that will feature three national teams (black, red and white).

Players will be selected for teams regardless of region.

As part of the new structure, a development camp featuring 108 players from across the country, will be held in Calgary from July 27 to Aug 5.

Based on that camp, 66 players will be selected to represent Canada at the tournament.

Camp invitees and coaching assignments will be announced later this summer.

Lambert just finished his fifth season with the Rockets.

He recently signed a two year contract extension.

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