Bronco prospects named to Chal­lenge Cup ros­ters

The Southwest Booster - - SPORTS -

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.

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