Two hat tricks in three games and a five game point streak was enough to get Kelowna Minor Hockey product Josh Blachard noticed by the Western Hockey League’s Everett Silvertips.
The Silvertips announced this week that they have added Blanchard to their 50-player protected list.
The 16-year-old is enjoying an excellent season with the Okanagan Rockets of the B.C. Major Midget League, where he leads the entire BCMML in goals with 19 and is second in points with 37 in 20 games played for the Rockets this year.
The 16-year-old Kelowna native spent the 2011-2012 season with the KMHA tier 1 midget Rockets where he appeared in a provincial championship.
Everett general manager Garry Davidson commented that the organization likes Josh’s dynamic ability, and the fact that he plays a high tempo offensive game.
Interestingly enough, Davidson was director of player personnel for Portland, when the Winterhawks selected Blanchard in the 2011 WHL bantam draft, although he was later left off Portland’s list, allowing the Silvertips to protect the 5-foot-6, 145 pound forward.
Blanchard and the Rockets hit the road this weekend in a tough match-up the Vancouver NE Chiefs and BCMML’s leading point getter Matthew Barzal. Games go Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning at Planet Ice in Coquitlam.