The future continues to look bright for the Lethbridge Hurricanes organization with four members having been chosen to represent Team West and Team Pacific at the upcoming 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Windsor, Ontario December 29th – January 4th. The regional under-17 program is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence and many of these same players go on to represent Canada with the National Men’s Under-18 Team, National Junior Team and National Men’s Team.
The Lethbridge Hurricanes are thrilled to announce Jay Merkley and Macoy Erkamps will be members of Team Pacific, while Craig Leverton and Remi Laurencelle will be part of Team West. This season with the Canes, Merkely leads all rookies with 7 points (3 goals, 4 assists) while, Erkamps has 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists) and Leverton has 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists.) Last year in 42 games with the Winnipeg Wild of MMHL, Laurencelle registered 15 goals and 19 assists in 42 games.
The naming of these four Lethbridge Hurricanes players continues to highlight the success of the team and the talent on the roster that will be with this team for a long time into the future. Already, the Hurricanes had eight of their draft picks named to the recent U-16 Challenge Cup in Moose Jaw, SK which Team Alberta won. The addition of these four players again highlights the talent on the team now and in the future and it brings the total to 12, the number of players chosen to be part of Hockey Canada’s Programs of Excellence. As well, Merkley, Erkamps, Leverton and Laurencelle were all part of last year’s Canada Winter Games team. It should be noted that two more Hurricanes – Reid Duke and Ryan Pilon have also been named to the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games starting January 13, 2012 in Innsbruck, Austria.
(From Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)