Jonathan Desbiens is one of three Warriors who have been invited to the Team West selection camp for the World Junior A Challenge

Jonathan Desbiens is one of three Warriors who have been invited to the Team West selection camp for the World Junior A Challenge

Warriors trio invited to selection camp

Liam Blackburn, Kristian Blumenschein and Jonathan Desbiens will try out for Team West for World Junior A Challenge

Three members of the West Kelowna Warriors are within a step of representing their country on an international level.

Liam Blackburn, Kristian Blumenschein and Jonathan Desbiens have been invited to the Team Canada West selection camp for the upcoming World Junior A Challenge.

The selection camp runs Dec. 7 to 9 in Calgary, with the World Junior A Challenge slated for Dec. 14 to 20 in Kindersley, Sask.

Last season, the Warriors sent four players to selection camp, with Adam Plant making the team.

“It’s a great opportunity for these players to have the chance to represent your country, it’s a huge honor and we wish them the best,” said associate head coach Brent Gough.

Blackburn, who sits in second in league scoring, is excited for the opportunity. “It’s always special getting selected to a camp like this, it just shows that the hard work all summer and so far this season is paying off, and I’m excited to head to Calgary.”

For Desbiens, “It’s an honour to be selected to this camp and I’m very hopeful to represent Canada at this event.”

Blumenschein, a 17-year-old rearguard is “excited to be a rookie defenseman and invited to the camp. It was a bit of a surprise but I look forward to heading to Calgary with some of my teammates to gain experience with the top players in Western Canada.”

Warriors vs Salmon Arm

The Warriors will battle the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in a BCHL home-and-home set this weekend.

Friday’s game will go at Royal LePage Place, with the rematch set for Saturday in  Salmon Arm.

The Warriors (14-8-0-5) are coming off a 4-3 victory over the Interior Division leading Penticton Vees Saturday at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Brayden Gelsinger deflected home the game winner with 36 seconds remaining in the third period.


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