Bronco prospects named to Challenge Cup rosters
At least three Swift Current Broncos prospects will take part in the 2012 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup in Calgary November 1-4, a tournament showcasing the top under-16 players from across Western Canada.
Two Broncos prospects have cracked the U16 Team Saskatchewan roster. Wyatt Sloboshan, the Broncos third round pick in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft, will represent his province in Calgary.
The 5’9’’ forward from Saskatoon has a goal and two assists in three games for the Saskatoon Contacts in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League so far this season.
Joining Sloboshan will be Brandon Arnold, the Broncos seventh round pick in 2012. The 5’6’’ forward from Dodsland has three assists in two games for the Tisdale Trojans in the SMAAAHL this season.
Jackson Keane, the Broncos fourth round pick in 2012, has been named to the Team Manitoba roster as well.
Keane, a 5’ 7’’ forward from Winnipeg, will suit up for the Winnipeg Wild of the Manitoba Midget AAA Hockey League. He posted two goals and an assist in the Wild’s season opening 7-2 win on Sunday.
The Team Sask U-16 process began in February 2012 with players competing for a roster spot on their designated zone team which moves onto the Sask First Zone tournament. From there the top 42 U16 players were chosen to attend Summer Camp at Notre Dame in Wilcox and the top 26 then attended a September camp in Wilcox and Caronport where final decisions were made.
The final 20-player roster has 14 different communities represented from across Saskatchewan. The team will meet in Regina before leaving to play an Exhibition game in Medicine Hat on Tuesday October 30, 2012, and then will go to Calgary for the competition October 31, 2012.
Also in the running to compete at the Challenge Cup is Broncos top pick Glenn Gawdin for Team BC and goaltender Travis Child and defenseman Maxime Lajoie for Team Alberta.