The SIJHL was the only one of the 10 Junior ‘A’ hockey leagues in Canada not to have a player selected for the CJHL’s “Prospects Game” on Jan. 26 in Surrey, B.C.
The annual game showcases those considered the top NHL prospects at this level by NHL Central Scouting.
Despite being at No. 5 in the CJHL’s latest top 20 weekly rankings, the Lakers, as well as the four other SIJHL squads, were left out in the cold when it came to the selection of Team West out of the BCHL, AJHL, SJHL, MJHL, and SIJHL by the CJHL and NHL Central Scouting.
Team East will have representatives from all five of its regional leagues (OJHL, NOJHL, CCHL, QJHL, and MHL).
In other news, the schedule for the annual SIJHL Showcase, to be held Jan. 26-28 in Hoyt Lakes and Virginia, Mn., was announced yesterday, with a special guest being invited.
The Cochrane Crunch, which leads the NOJHL’s Eastern Conference with a 26-5-1-2 record and is ranked ninth nationally, will take part in the event, which draws a host of professional, junior, and college scouts looking to bolster their own teams’ ranks down the road.
The Lakers will face the Crunch on Day 2 of the Showcase (Jan. 27) at 1 p.m. in Virginia.
The squad first will square off against the Thunder Bay North Stars on Jan. 26 in Hoyt Lakes in one of two games at the event that will count in the league standings.
Fort Frances then will cap its Showcase appearance against the English River Miners on Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. back in Hoyt Lakes.