North York Rangers forward Cole O’Hara was named to the Team Canada East roster for 2019 World Junior A Challenger in Dawson Creek, B.C. in December.
The forward has not missed a beat in his second season with the Rangers. The Richmond Hill, Ont., native has recorded nine goals and 27 assists for 36 points in only 24 games. He is well on his way to breaking all his stats from last year, which was 11 goals and 31 assists for 42 points in 53 games. That impressive season got him names to the OJHL second-team All-Prospect. O’Hara contains top notch hockey IQ, skills, speed and play making ability. All those attributes the University of Massachusetts saw and made sure they got him committed to their program come fall of 2021.
O’Hara is one of six OJHL players that made the cut. Don’t be surprise if you see him playing Toronto Jr. Canadiens for Ryan Tverberg. The two youngest played with each other on the Toronto Jr. Canadiens Minor Midget team that won the 2018 OHL Cup.
Team Canada East will kick off the tournament against Russia on Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. MT when the World Junior A Challenge heads to Dawson Creek for the first time. A variety of ticket packages, including two- and four-game packages, are available for purchase starting as low as $40 plus fees at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets or at the Tiger Box Office Plus at the Encana Events Centre.
Of the 13 gold medal games at the World Junior A Challenge, 10 have featured at least one Canadian team. Team Canada East will look to earn its first gold medal, having won silver five times (2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2016) and bronze once (2008).