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Cassetti, Chmelevski to play in World Challenge



Two California products – forwards Joey Cassetti and Sasha Chmelevski – were named to the U.S. National Under-17 Team that will compete in the upcoming World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

The tournament will run from Oct. 30-Nov. 7 in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, British Columbia.

Cassetti, a former San Jose Jr. Shark from Pleasanton, is skating this season for U.S. National Under-17 Team. Earlier this month, Cassetti committed to attend and play his NCAA Division I hockey at Boston College.

Chmelevski, a Huntington Beach native who played locally for Wildcats Hockey Club, is playing this year with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League.

The 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge includes two groups of four teams; Group A features Canada Black, Canada White, the Czech Republic and the United States, while Group B includes Canada Red, Finland, Russia and Sweden.

The U.S. is coming off its third-straight appearance in the championship game and has now played in five of the last six title matches. Last year’s squad captured second place in Sarnia, Ontario, marking the ninth consecutive top-three finish (2006, 2008-14). No event was held in 2007.

Team USA’s previous tournament championships came in 2001, 2002, 2010 and 2014.

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