Bowey and Chartier to junior selection camp

Canadian junior squad to take a look at two Rockets at camp next week in Toronto

A pair of Kelowna Rockets will have the chance to make Team Canada for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships this month in Toronto and Montreal.

Captain Madison Bowey and leading scorer Rourke Chartier have both been invited to attend Canada’s national junior selection camp, beginning Dec. 11 at the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence in Toronto.

“Both Madison and Rourke fully deserve this opportunity,” said Rockets President/GM Bruce Hamilton, also a member of the Team Canada management committee. “Madison was at the summer camp and has had a great start to the season. Rourke wasn’t on the radar screen at all because of his age, but now with 29 goals he has earned his position at the camp.”

Chartier, 18, leads the WHL in both goals (29) and points (48), while Bowey, 19, is second among all WHL defencemen with 30 points (8-22).

Fellow Rockets Nick Merkley, who at 17 is second to Chartier in WHL scoring, along with Tyson Baillie, whose 19 goals is third in the league, were under consideration but were not named to the tryout camp.

“We’re going with an older team and in Merkley’s case he’s going to have his opportunities in the future,” said Hamilton. “We kept the camp to under 30 players because we are still waiting to hear on four NHL players. Tyson’s having a great year but he just fell short.”

Hamilton was in Montreal for the announcement as part of the Team Canada Program of Excellence management committee for the second straight year.

“I’m really excited,” he said. “I really like the players we have in the selection camp. A lot of time has gone into this process and we are in this to win it.”

The selection camp roster includes two goaltenders, 10 defencemen and 17 forwards. Canada’s final roster will include 22 players, and must be finalized by Dec. 25.

Rockets host Blades…

The Rockets will look to halt a three-game home-ice winless streak when they take on the Saskatoon Blades Wednesday night at Prospera Place. Face off is at 7:05 p.m.

The Rockets, who fell 3-1 to the Regina Pats on Saturday night, are 0-1-2 in their last three games at home.

Kelowna (22-3-3) will also be sat Prospera for two games this weekend—Friday against Prince George and Saturday against the Prince Albert Raiders.



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