The Lethbridge Hurricanes are proud to announce three of their 2012 Bantam Draft picks have been named to their provincial teams that will compete at the 2012 Western Canada Challenge Cup.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 1st round (18th overall) draft pick Thomas Lenchyshyn and 3rd round (53rd overall) pick Colt Conrad were named to Team Manitoba, while 11th round pick Kody White will suit up for Team Saskatchewan. The Hurricanes have the potential of more prospects playing in the Challenge Cup as Team Alberta and Team BC are expected to announce their rosters on October 16th.
Last year, eight Canes draft picks filled up Team Alberta and Team Saskatchewan rosters. Reid Duke, Tyler Wong, Reid Nemeth and Jonny Hogue all played for Team Alberta, while Ryan Pilon, Kolten Olynek, Carter Amson and Bryton Sayers all played for Team Saskatchewan. Of those eight players, Duke, Wong and Pilon have all made the jump to the Hurricanes this season. Duke scored the game winning goal and added an assist leading Alberta to a 10-4 win over Manitoba to claim the Gold Medal at the 2011 Challenge Cup that was held in Moose Jaw, Sk.
The Western Canada Challenge Cup features the highest rated players in the Under 16 age category and it’s the first step in the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence and assists the four Western Provincial Hockey Associations in evaluating these top prospects in this age group for future high performance programs. The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup will take place at Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary November 1st-4th, 2012.
(From Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)