Terrier duo invited to Jr A Challenge camp
Terriers James McIsaac (left), and Chase Brakel (right) were each invited to Calgary, Alta.,to take part in Team Canada West selection camp ahead of next month's World Jr. A Challenge in Truro, N.S.
The Portage Terriers could very well be without two of their top scorers for a good portion of December.
Captain Chase Brakel and forward James McIsaac, both of Winnipeg, were invited to take part in Team Canada West camp ahead of next month’s World Junior A Challenge in Truro, N.S.
“As a group, we are very excited at the depth of talent, character, and work ethic of the 60 players that have been identified for selection camp,” said MJHL hockey operation director Kevin Saurette. “We look forward to watching these players earn the opportunity to represent Team Canada West at what will be a very competitive selection camp.”
Brakel (10-18—28) and McIsaac (12-10—22) sit second and third, respectively, in team scoring only trailing reigning MJHL scoring champ Jeremey Leipsic in that department. The forwards will travel to Calgary Alta., Dec. 2-5 vying for a roster spot at the annual event. Brakel was invited to take part in Team Canada West’s camp last year, but failed to advance past selection camp.
“It is always a difficult process to narrow down and identify 60 players from the five leagues in the West, and I commend our coaching staff on all their hard work, dedication, and professionalism through this process,” adds Saurette.
The pair of Terriers join Justin Lee (Virden), Darby Gula (Steinbach), Riese Gaber (Dauphin), Will Koop (Steinbach) and Matt Osadick (Swan Valley) as the other players from the Manitoba Junior Hockey League invited to selection camp.
Team Canada West is assembled from the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s five western Junior A leagues: the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) and the MJHL.
Team Canada West opens the tournament Dec. 10 against the Czech Republic. The team won gold at the first two tournaments in 2006 and 2007 while also capturing gold in 2011 and 2015. The team also won silver medals in 2008, 2009, and 2012, as well as bronze in 2013.