Gatto headed to World Junior ‘A’ Challenge

LEAMINGTON, ONTARIO – Sebastian Gatto will be representing Team Canada East in the upcoming World Jr A Challenge.

The Leamington netminder was one of 12 Ontario Junior Hockey League players selected after also taking part in the Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge. Gatto is the only goaltender from the league selected and one of only two players born in 2006 to be picked from the OJHL.

“To play for Team Canada East is an incredible opportunity and honour,” Gatto admits. “I’m excited for the experience and am looking forward to getting to work.”

“We are extremely proud of him and his accomplishments so far this season,” Leamington head coach, Dale Mitchell explains. “He has had a great year so far and it’s no surprise he was chosen. We wish him and his team lots of luck.”



The 2023 World Junior A Challenge takes place from December 10th-17th in Truro, New Brunswick featuring Team Canada East, Team Canada West, Slovakia, Sweden and the United States.


Last year, Team Canada East captured silver after falling to the USA in the gold medal game.



All preliminary round games, the semifinals and bronze medal game will be available for livestream at, while the gold medal game will be carried by TSN.


Next action for the Leamington Flyers is Thursday, December 7th at the Nature Fresh Farms Recreation Centre when they host the Oakville Blades at 7:10pm.
More information can be found on the team’s social media channels and