Eleven-year-old Owen Barfoot from Georgian Bluffs represented Canada at a ten-day invitation-only International Hockey Tournament in Sweden from July 24 to 27.
Port Elgin resident and Grey Bruce Highlanders hockey player Dillon Atkinson served as captain of the North American Draft Day team. It’s the second time Atkinson has worn the ‘C’ for the squad.
Barfoot, Atkinson and the Draft Day North America team went on to win the European Summer Series Cup in a 4-2 victory over Sweden Yellow.
The European Summer Series is an international tournament where selected triple-A hockey players have an opportunity to play against some of the best players from the United States, Italy, Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden and Norway.
Barfoot grew up playing hockey with the Shallow Lake Lakers before joining the Grey Bruce Highlanders triple-A program in 2018.
The Draft Day North America team finished round-robin play with a record of 4-1. The team then went on to play the second-place team, Sweden Green, winning 6-3 to earn a berth into the gold medal game.
Draft Day team rosters consist of Triple-A players from across the U.S. and Canada. The program boasts an impressive list of alumni who have gone on to play in the NHL, CHL, World Juniors, and Division-I college hockey.
Atkinson played minor hockey in the Saugeen Shores system before moving to the Grey Bruce Highlanders three years ago. The 11-year-old will suit up for the peewee Highlanders next season.