Ahac earns spot on Canada West ros­ter

The Prince George Citizen - - Sports - Ci­ti­zen staff

Lay­ton Ahac has made the cut for Team Canada West and will not be avail­able to the Prince Ge­orge Spruce Kings for the next two weeks.

The 17-year-old Prince Ge­orge Spruce Kings de­fence­man is among 14 B.C. Hockey League play­ers who cracked the 22-player ros­ter and will get a chance to de­fend the gold medal Canada West won last year at the World Ju­nior A Hockey Chal­lenge in Bon­neville, Alta., Dec. 9-16.

Ahac, a na­tive of North Van­cou­ver who has been re­cruited to play for Ohio State Univer­sity next sea­son, has 17 as­sists in 31 games for the Spruce Kings this sea­son.

Two other Spruce Kings de­fence­men were in­vited to the team try­outs in Cal­gary which started Mon­day. Nick Bochen, 17, at­tended the camp but did not make the team. Dy­lan An­horn, 19, was asked to at­tend the try­out but suf­fered a con­cus­sion in Satur­day’s game against the Lan­g­ley River­men at Rolling Mix Con­crete Arena and is on the in­jured list.

Five play­ers from the Vic­to­ria Griz­zlies of the BCHL are on the Canada West ros­ter, in­clud­ing for­wards Alex Ne­whook, Alexan­der Camp­bell and Ri­ley Hughes, and de­fence­men Jeremie Bucheler and Carter Berger.

The other BCHL’ers who made the team were: For­wards – Mas­simo Rizzo and Jim Si­lye (both Pen­tic­ton Vees), Math­ieu Gos­selin (Mer­ritt Cen­ten­ni­als), Har­ri­son Blais­dell (Chilli­wack Chiefs), Ethan Leyh (Lan­g­ley River­men), Alex Swet­likoff (Ver­non Vipers); De­fence­man – Ma­son Snell (Pen­tic­ton).

Canada West beat the United States 5-1 last year in the cham­pi­onship game in Truro, N.S.

The tour­na­ment has been re­duced from its usual six-team for­mat to five teams. Each team will play each other once in the round-robin tour­na­ment which in­cludes Canada West, Canada East, the U.S., Czech Repub­lic and Rus­sia.

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