Kelowna players short-listed for U16 provincial hockey team
Five local products have made the short-list for Team B.C.'s U16 boys hockey squad.
Twenty-eight players remain in consideration for 20 spots on the final roster for the Western Canada Challenge Cup to be played Nov. 1 to 4 in Calgary.
Contending for a spot in goal is Kelowna's Jordan Reynolds, who played for the Kelowna bantam tier 1 Rockets during the 2011-12 season.
Vying for a place on the defensive corps are Kelowna's Tanner Browne and Joe Gatenby, and West Kelowna's Chaz Reddekopp.
All three players suited up last season for the Pursuit of Excellence program in Kelowna.
West Kelowna's Brad Morrison has made the shortlist among 16 potential forwards.
Morrison played last season with the Okanagan Hockey Academy bantams in Penticton and was a seventh-overall pick of the Everett Silvertips in this spring's Western Hockey League bantam draft. He registered 93 goals and 159 points in 63 games during the 2011-12 campaign.
“We are very encouraged with the short list of players who will battle for the 20 spots,” said Mitch Pinsky, director of operations for the U16 team. “Over the next few months Team B.C. staff along with High Performance district evaluators will closely watch the players in order to find the right mix that will be able to make up the best team as we head to Calgary. We are looking for players with a combination of character, tenacity, skill and most importantly, a willingness to play whatever role is asked of them in order for Team B.C. to achieve our ultimate goal of winning the 2012 Western Canada Challenge Cup.”
The Western Canada U16 Challenge cup, presented by the WHL, happens every non-Canada Winter Games year. It is a round robin format tournament consisting of the four western branches: B.C. Hockey, Hockey Alberta, Saskatchewan Hockey Association and Hockey Manitoba.
The final game is determined based on the round robin standings.