Daemon Hunt showed last season during his call-ups to the Moose Jaw Warriors that he can compete with players older than him, but now he'll be getting the chance to show what he can do against his own age group.
Hunt was one of 111 players that received an invite to the Hockey Canada Under-17 Summer Development Camp last week.
"It's really humbling to get picked by Team Canada and getting the option to go try-out and represent my country this year," said Hunt. "I can't thank my parents enough, my teammates, coaches, everyone that has helped me along the way to get here and I'm excited for the camp."
Hunt is coming off a spectacular first season in the Warriors' organization, he suited up in nine games for the Warriors as a 15-year-old, scoring one goal and finishing with two points. He also played in two playoff games.
Back at the Midget AAA level, Hunt recorded a point-per-game with the Brandon Wheat Kings, scoring four goals and 40 points in 40 games.
All that experience helped progress Hunt's game throughout the season.
"I've grown as a person and a player," said Hunt. "Playing up as a 15-year-old was a huge test for my game and my life as a person and then going back to midget after I'd been called up and leading by example there."
Hunt used his time in Moose Jaw last season to learn from a team that featured six players who have signed NHL contracts and another two drafted players.
"What I really noticed was their commitment to the game, every time they step on the ice they're 110 percent as hard as they can go, battle with each other to make each other better," said Hunt.
That experience will no doubt be an asset for Hunt over the offseason as he prepares to make the jump into the Western Hockey League next season, but it will also serve him well going into the U17 camp.
Hunt said he plans on showing his leadership abilities for the Hockey Canada brass.
"The camp is going to be long, it's going to be hard camp, so I just want to put a smile on people’s faces, lead by example, be a good teammate and just do the right things on the ice and that's usually how things go good for me," said Hunt.
"I've always, in a way, been a leader, I've always been that guy and had that in blood, I like leading everyone and having a good time while I'm doing it."
The U17 Summer Development Camp goes July 21-27 in Calgary.
Hunt will be joined by Moose Jaw’s Bryan Thomson, who was one of 12 goalies invited to the camp, check out more with Thomson on Thursday at DiscoverMooseJaw.com.