A Fruitvale youth made an impression on B.C. hockey officials last month, making it to the final selection camp for U16 Team B.C.
Mitch Foyle, a Trail-Rossland Bantam rep player, made it through the Kootenay zone camp at the beginning of April, and joined 200 players at the B.C. Cup in Kamloops last month.
Players representing all eight zones in B.C. were split into 10 teams and evaluated over five games in three days.
Foyle scored two goals and was one of 68 players selected to skate in the U16 Provincial Camp in Penticton later this summer.
The 16-year-old forward is the only hockey player from the West Kootenay to make the U-16 Provincial Camp and will now vie to make the cut for the final Team B.C. roster.
Twenty skaters will be chosen for Team B.C. that will then prepare for the Western Branch Challenge – a tournament that features the top U16 players from each of the western provinces, including B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Organized by the Western Hockey League, the Challenge drops the puck for the tournament at the end of October and is an effective recruiting tool for Junior teams, showcasing the best young talent in western Canada.
Foyle follows in the steps of Castlegar native and Edmonton Oiler forward, Shawn Horkoff who played in the tournament back in 1994.
Hockey B.C.’s male Under 16 program is designed to instruct and prepare high performance players for future opportunities in the high performance program.
It develops promising young players and runs camps where the athletes are educated on hockey technical materials as well as athlete preparation.