Ahac, An­horn get Team Canada West in­vi­ta­tions

The Prince George Citizen - - Sports - Ci­ti­zen staff

Prince Ge­orge Spruce Kings de­fence­men Lay­ton Ahac and Dy­lan An­horn have earned the chance to try out for Team Canada West, which will com­pete at the up­com­ing World Ju­nior A Chal­lenge in Bon­nyville, Alta.

Ahac and An­horn are among 44 play­ers (26 for­wards, 14 de­fence­men, four goal­tenders) who have been in­vited to a Canada West camp, Dec. 3-5 in Cal­gary. In­vi­tees were iden­ti­fied by Hockey Canada and the Cana­dian Ju­nior Hockey League, with as­sis­tance from NHL Cen­tral Scout­ing.

Ahac, a 17-year-old from North Van­cou­ver, is rated as a ‘B’ prospect (po­ten­tial sec­ond- or third-round pick) for the 2019 NHL draft. The six-foot-three, 195-pounder has al­ready se­cured a U.S. col­lege schol­ar­ship at Ohio State, an NCAA Divi­sion 1 school in Colum­bus. He’ll be­gin play with the Buck­eyes in 2019-2020.

So far this B.C. Hockey League sea­son with the Spruce Kings, Ahac has 17 as­sists in 28 games.

An­horn is a 19-year-old from Cal­gary who stands six feet and weighs 182 pounds. In 29 out­ings with the Kings this sea­son, he has four goals and 11 as­sists for 15 points. He has a U.S. col­lege schol­ar­ship un­der wraps with Union Col­lege, an NCAA Divi­sion 1 in­sti­tu­tion in Sch­enec­tady, N.Y. Like Ahac, he’ll start his col­lege hockey ca­reer in 2019-2020.

“We are proud of both Lay­ton Ahac and Dy­lan An­horn for earn­ing the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend Canada West World Ju­nior A camp,” said Spruce Kings head coach Adam Maglio in a team re­lease is­sued Mon­day. “They both are huge con­trib­u­tors to our team and I know both will be ex­cited for the camp and try­out process.”

The World Ju­nior A Chal­lenge runs from Dec. 9-16. Other teams are Canada East, the United States, Rus­sia and the Czech Repub­lic.

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