Nov 2012 18

Rockets Rookie Plays at Worlds

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Kelowna Rockets rookie defenceman Riley Stadel (#3) has his Christmas plans secured and its expected a couple of other young Rockets will also be heading to Quebec to take part in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Stadel was named to Team Pacific on Thursday, a combined team of players from B.C. and Alberta that will take part in the 2013 World Junior Under 17 Hockey Challenge, December 29, 2012 to January 4, 2013 in Victoriaville/Drummondville, Quebec.

Stadel has played in 15 games with the Rockets this year and has a plus-6 rating with a goal and six assists. He played at the Okanagan Hockey Academy last year

Team Pacific is comprised of 11 players from BC and 11 players from Alberta. Hockey Alberta and BC Hockey each identified 34 U17 male athletes (4 G, 12 D, 18 F) from their respective provincial evaluation camps to participate in the joint regional camp in July, 2012.  From the regional camp, these players were evaluated during the first part of their club’s team season by the Team Pacific evaluators.

A couple of other Rockets are awaiting the announcement of Team West, comprised of players from Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

The 2013 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge brings together the top players in the world born 1996 or later.  The tournament is made up of 10 teams; five (5) from Canada – Quebec, Ontario, Pacific (Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Yukon), Atlantic (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island) and West (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nunavut) and five (5) international teams.

Team Pacific will be competing in Group A at the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge with Team West, Sweden, Finland and Russia.  Group B will comprise of Slovakia, the United States, Ontario, Team Atlantic and Quebec.  Team Pacific will play an exhibition game against the United States on December 28, 2012 before they play their first preliminary round contest against defending gold medallist Russia on December 29, 2012.

Story courtesy of KelownaRockets.com
Photo courtesy of Shoot the Breeze.ca

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