Boyko signs with Tri-City Amer­i­cans of WHL

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail submitted

A Drumheller goalie was se­lected in the third round of the WHL Ban­tam Draft and signed with the Tri-City Amer­i­cans.

Ta­lyn Boyko, 14, son of Kelly and Sharla, has been play­ing Ban­tam AAA Hockey at the Pur­suit of Ex­cel­lence academy in Kelowna. He was the 53rd pick over­all in the Ban­tam Draft, and then signed with the team.

“He was re­ally ex­cited to go to Tri-City, it was one of the places he wanted to go, it is a good fran­chise with lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties,” said his father Kelly.

This year his team, the Ban­tam Prep team won the CSSHL with Ta­lyn in net. He had a 13-2 record with a 2.90 GGA and .896 save per­cent­age. He notched two shutouts.

“13 of the top 22 guys drafted came out of the CSSHL,” said Kelly, and 12 play­ers came from the Pur­suit of Ex­cel­lence Academy.

“He played lots and had a re­ally good year,” said Kelly. “He was re­ally for­tu­nate to be part of that great group of guys and it was an hon­our to be drafted by Tri-City, It’s a great or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

The Tri-City Amer­i­cans play out of Ken­newick Washington and plays in the US Di­vi­sion of the WHL along with Seat­tle and Everett, Port­land and Spokane. Carey Price of the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens is a Tri-City Alumni.

This doesn’t mean he is off to the big league just yet. This com­ing sea­son he will stay at the Pur­suit of Ex­cel­lence and play Ma­jor Midget AAA.

“He will go to the camp at Tri-City at the end of Au­gust,” said Kelly.

A 15-year-old can only play five games in the WHL, so the fol­low­ing sea­son he hopes to work hard and carve out a spot on the ros­ter.

“It will be tough, but that is his dream and the first step to­wards his ul­ti­mate goal,” said Kelly. “It’s a step­ping stone to the next level.”

He was re­ally ex­cited to go to Tri-City, it was one of the places he wanted to go, it is a good fran­chise with lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties.” Kelly Boyko

Ta­lyn Boyko was drafted 53rd over­all at the WHL Ban­tam Draft and then signed with the Tri-City Amer­i­cans.

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