Griz­zlies flex their mus­cles

Times Colonist - - Sports - CLEVE DHEEN­SAW cd­heen­saw@times­colonist.com

The past and the present of the B.C. Hockey League col­lided Satur­day night at the Q Cen­tre.

The Vic­to­ria Griz­zlies re­tired the No. 16 and No. 8 jer­seys of alumni and NHLers Jamie and Jordie Benn. The now is rep­re­sented by the likes of Griz­zlies cap­tain Alex Ne­whook, pro­jected for the first round of the 2019 NHL draft. The op­po­si­tion was the pow­er­house Pen­tic­ton Vees or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­duced 2016 top-17 firstround NHL draft picks Tyson Jost and Dante Fab­bro. The Vees’ present is in the form of cur­rently in­jured cap­tain Mas­simo Rizzo, a pro­jected 2019 NHL sec­ond-rounder, com­mit­ted to NCAA North Dakota.

Three NHL draft picks be­tween the two teams skated in the con­test on Satur­day, won 4-3 by the Griz­zlies.

Griz­zlies rookie Alex Campbell, com­mit­ted to Clark­son of the NCAA, hopes to be one too, next sum­mer.

“It’s very cool to see the play­ers that come out of th­ese or­ga­ni­za­tions,” said Campbell, who scored a hat trick in Fri­day’s 5-1 vic­tory in Al­berni Val­ley. “You can see this is quite a league.” That’s the rea­son Campbell joined the Griz­zlies in the BCHL this season from Mon­treal, with older brother Charles Campbell.

“I’m a late bloomer, and not the big­gest guy, and this route gives me ex­tra time to de­velop phys­i­cally,” said Alex Campbell.

“And you will have an ed­u­ca­tion to fall back on,” added Alex, who plans on study­ing engi­neer­ing at Clark­son.

The Camp­bells are line­mates and seem to have an un­canny sense of where the other is on the ice.

“We played to­gether ev­ery other season grow­ing up [Charles is one year older than Alex] and just seem to find each other on the ice,” said Alex Campbell.

Cam Thomp­son scored twice and Jor­dan Guiney and New York Rangers draft pick Ri­ley Hughes once each for Vic­to­ria (2-1 while Pen­tic­ton fell to 1-2) on Satur­day with Ne­whook dish­ing for three as­sists.

ICE CHIPS: A ban­ner hon­our­ing the Humboldt Bron­cos was also un­veiled from the rafters of the Q Cen­tre as part of a na­tion­wide trib­ute to the 16 peo­ple who died in the Bron­cos team bus crash. Ban­ners read­ing: “We Play For Them. Al­ways Re­mem­bered. April 6, 2018” will hang from the rafters in per­pe­tu­ity in all 113 Cana­dian Ju­nior ‘A’ hockey rinks.

DAR­REN STONE, TIMES COLONIST

Griz­zlies Cam Thomp­son cuts in close on Pen­tic­ton Vees goal­tender Derek Krall in BCJHL ac­tion at The Q Cen­tre on Satur­day.

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