Rockets Chartier gets Under-18 summer invite

Chance to play for Team Canada at prestigious Ivan Hlinka event for Rockets centre

Kelowna Rockets centre Rourke Chartier has been invited to Hockey Canada's summer U-18 camp.

Kelowna Rockets centre Rourke Chartier has been invited to Hockey Canada's summer U-18 camp.

It’s shaping up to be quite a summer for Kelowna Rockets forward Rourke Chartier.

Chartier was one of 42 players invited to Team Canada’s Under-18 summer selection camp and will attempt to make the team that will play in the annual Ivan Hlinka Under-18 tournament this August in the Czech Republic and Slovenia.

Chartier, 17, is coming off a rookie season where he became a solid member of the Rockets, compiling 13 goals and 17 assists in 58 games as a 16-year-old.

The Saskatoon native saw his season come to an end due to injury in the WHL playoffs, where he was limited to just three games played. He was also nominated for the WHL’s Education Award this season.

Chartier was Kelowna’s first round bantam draft pick in 2011, selected 15th overall.

The summer camp runs July 26 to 30 in Toronto.

The top 22 players from the summer camp will be part of the under-18 team that will compete in the annual Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament from Aug. 5-10 in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia.

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