Port Elgin Resident and Grey-Bruce Highlanders hockey player Dillon Atkinson has been selected as the Captain of the North American Draft Day team in the upcoming European Summer Series of Hockey competition which is running from July 24th – 27th, 2019. This is the second time Dillon has been selected as Captain at this International Tournament, with the first last year, 2018.
The European Summer Series Hockey tournament is an international opportunity for selected AAA hockey players to play against some of the best hockey players in the world. The tournament is an invitation only competition and players are individually evaluated and recruited. Other teams at the Tournament will be from USA, Italy, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden.
The rosters for this year’s team is comprised of the very best AAA players from across the U.S. and Canada. The young hockey players from around the globe will not only get the opportunity to represent their Country they will benefit from receiving the highest level of coaching, development and education available. The program boast an impressive list of alumni who have gone on to play in the NHL, CHL, World Juniors, and Division-I college hockey.
Dillon, who is 11 years old is the son of Rob and Debra Atkinson of Port Elgin. Debra and Rob along with daughter Kayla (12) have accompanied Dillon to Finland for the 10 day tournament. Dillon started his Hockey skills development in the Saugeen Shores Minor Hockey program before moving to the Grey-Bruce AAA Highlanders hockey program three years ago. Dillon has been training with his team members at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre in Brantford Ontario for several weeks in preparation for the competition.
Upon his return from the International Tournament Dillon will join the Grey-Bruce Highlanders Pee-Wee team.