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Rangers' Rehkopf to play in inaugural Capital City Challenge

It will take place Nov. 26 to Dec. 1 in Ottawa
Kitchener Rangers forward Carson Rehkopf during his Rangers debut.

Carson Rehkopf of the Kitchener Rangers is one of 24 Ontario Hockey League players who will participate in the inaugural Capital City Challenge.

The four-team tournament will feature three men's under-17 teams and Canada's National Women's Team. It will take place November 26 to December 1 at TD Place in Ottawa.

The 66 players named to compete in the event will be divided into three teams – Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red and Team Canada White – and will compete against Canada’s National Women’s Team as part of its centralization schedule. Rosters will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Former Rangers' netminder Franky Palazzese was named the goaltending coach of Canada Red.

The rest of the details were contained in a news release from the OHL:

24 OHL Players Named to 2021 Capital City Challenge:

*player committed to Ontario Hockey League club

Goaltenders (3):
Joseph Costanzo (Niagara IceDogs)
Nathaniel Day (Flint Firebirds)
Mason Vaccari (Kingston Frontenacs)*

Defencemen (6):
Beau Akey (Barrie Colts)
Cam Allen (Guelph Storm)
Tristan Bertucci (Flint Firebirds)
Oliver Bonk (London Knights)*
Alexis Daviault (Sarnia Sting)
Olivier Savard (Saginaw Spirit

Forwards (15):
Denver Barkey (London Knights)
Chris Barlas (Ottawa 67's)
Colby Barlow (Owen Sound Attack)
Easton Cowan (London Knights)*
Nick Lardis (Peterborough Petes)
Luke McNamara (Saginaw Spirit)
Ethan Miedema (Windsor Spitfires)
Luke Misa (Mississauga Steelheads)
Owen Outwater (North Bay Battalion)
Alex Pharand (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Luca Pinelli (Ottawa 67's)
Carson Rehkopf (Kitchener Rangers)
Calum Ritchie (Oshawa Generals)
Matthew Soto (Kingston Frontenacs)
Carey Terrance (Erie Otters)

Team Staff (Canada Black):
Assistant Coach - Jordan Smith (Soo Greyhounds)
Athletic Therapist - Marie-Pierre Néron (Ottawa 67's)

Team Staff (Canada Red):
Director of Operations - Kyle Raftis (Soo Greyhounds)
Goaltending Coach - Franky Palazzese (Sarnia Sting)
Video Coach - Nick Biamonte (Guelph Storm)
Equipment Manager - Spencer Stehouwer (Sarnia Sting)
Team Physician - Dr. Wanda Millard (London Knights)

Team Staff (Canada White):
Head Coach - Rob Wilson (Peterborough Petes)
Assistant Coach - Chad Wiseman (Guelph Storm)

The Capital City Challenge opens on Nov. 26 at TD Place Arena, home of the Ottawa 67’s. Canada’s centralization roster will face Team Canada White in the tournament opener at 12 p.m. ET, followed by Team Canada Black taking on Team Canada Red at 7 p.m. ET.

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