Surrey skaters on BC Hockey shortlist

Provincial team for Western Canada tournament to be announced in October

Six Surrey residents are among 28 players named by BC Hockey to the Male Under-16 shortlist.

Players on the list have been identified for potential participation on Team BC at the 2012 Western Canada Under-16 Challenge Cup Nov. 1-14 in Calgary.

On the list are defenceman Parker Wotherspoon and forwards Tyler Soy and Jakob Stukel from the Cloverdale Minor Hockey Association and forwards Matthew Bradley, Cole Plotnikoff and Jake Fletcher of Semiahmoo Minor Hockey.

Players will be evaluated by the Team BC coaching staff early in the hockey season, with a final roster announced in October.

The Western Canada U16 Challenge cup, presented by the WHL, happens every non Canada Winter Games year. It is a round robin format tournament consisting of the four western branches: BC Hockey, Hockey Alberta, Saskatchewan Hockey Association and Hockey Manitoba.

“The Under-16 Program is designed as an introduction to BC Hockey’s High Performance Program, which exposes players, coaches and officials to short term competition,” said a BC Hockey press release. “The Under-16 Program also acts as a precursor to the BC Hockey High Performance Under-17 Program, which is used to identify and train players and team personnel for provincial, regional and national teams.”

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