Victor Mete of the London Knights has been watching the World Junior Hockey Championship for as long as he can remember.
He is now closer than ever to actually playing in it.
Mete got through the first gate on Tuesday morning by being invited to Team Canada’s final selection camp, which opens on December 11th.
Mete is one of 10 defencemen. Seven usually make the team.
Although the Woodbridge native is only 18 years old and the tournament is usually reserved for 19-year old players, numbers other than age make Mete hard to ignore.
He is averaging nearly a point per game this year, sits fifth in scoring by defencemen and is third in the OHL in plus-minus. Mete is the only defender in the top five.
If there was a statistical category for pass blocks and shot blocks, Mete would very likely be in the top-5 there as well.
Knights’ Head Coach, Dale Hunter commented on what makes Mete such a good player.
Mete has represented Canada at the Under-17s and the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and is one of two speedy, puck-moving defensemen on the selection roster. Samuel Girard of Shawinigan is the other and he is also 18.
The preliminary rounds of the tournament will be split between Toronto and Montreal with the medal rounds in Montreal.
The Montreal Canadiens selected Mete in the fourth round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft last June.
He also participated in the Canada-Russia Series for Team OHL in November.
Knights’ Assistant Coach Rick Steadman talks about what he has seen from Victor Mete in his first two-plus seasons in the OHL.