Eight players named to All Star team

An unprecedented number of players from the Kootenay Wildcats were named to the Female AAA Midget All Star team.

An unprecedented number of players from the Kootenay Wildcats were named to the Female AAA Midget All Star team last week and will play in the annual game in Langley on Sunday.

A total of eight players from the Wildcats cracked the All Star team, somewhat incredible for a young team in a rebuilding year.

Local players selected were Christina Bonacci, Katie Yuris and Erin McLean of Trail and Denomie Vockeroth-Fisher from Rossland.

The players will also be joined by Wildcats’ goaltender Morgan Flynn of Castlegar, Kathryn Haegedorn of Kaslo, Holly Nikirk of Invermere and Shea Weighill of Nakusp.

Weighill leads the team in scoring again this year, with seven points in 12 games followed by Haegedorn with six points and Christina Bonacci and Vokeroth-Fisher with three apiece.

The eight Wildcats named to the All Star squad are the most for the team since the league’s inception in 2008.

The Wildcats head out on Friday for a super weekend in Langley where they will play four games against each league rival, capped off by the All Star game on Sunday.

Teams from the Fraser Valley, Thompson-Okanagan, Vancouver, and Prince George will all compete in the super weekend, playing each other once before selected players face off in the league’s elite match up.

In what is a unique process, the selected players are ranked and divided into two teams so it is unlikely all the Wildcat team mates will play for the same squad.

The Cats currently sit in fourth place in the five-team league with two wins and 10 losses. The team looks to improve on its record in what will be the last super weekend until the New Year.

Made up of 15-17 year-olds, the Wildcats came second in the province last year, losing the third game of a three-game series final by one goal.

Wildcats’ organizer, Mike Bonacci, was also named to the All Star team as manager.