The Dryden GM Ice Dogs are preparing for the SIJHL’s All-Star game today in Fort Frances. The event will feature players and coaching staff from around the league in a best-on-best Canada vs USA game.

Trey Palermo, Jacob Siebenga, Cameron Coutre will represent the Ice Dogs on Team Canada. Palermo currently serves as the Captain of the Ice Dogs, and will serve as the Captain for Team Canada. They’ll have to line-up against fellow Dogs Braden Shea and Eric Stout for team USA.

“We’ll see if our guys if our guys like playing playing against Eric Stout or with him, better,” Ice Dogs President Mike Sveinson said with a grin, during a recent press conference. The 210 lb forward has 24 points in 18 games this season.

Sveinson added that the league could have picked three or more other Ice Dogs who could have made it into the All-Star game, based on their skills and results so far this season.

Forward Evan Walls is a notable omission for the Canadian squad, however, he has only been able to play in 7 games so far this season. In those 7 games, Walls has 6 goals and 3 assists – with a points per game of 1.29, which is 14th across the SIJHL and second only to Stout on the Ice Dogs.

Derek Ouellette of the Dryden GM Ice Dogs will also serve as an athletic trainer for Team Canada.

“Ouellette deserves that recognition. He’s done a great job for us. He’s one of those guys who will do anything for you if you need anything. I’m glad he’s been recognized.”

Each roster was finalized following voting by the coaches and managers from league clubs, as well as from each teams’ play-by-play broadcaster.

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