Chilliwack gets RBC Cup

The Chilliwack Chiefs have won the right to host the 2018 RBC Cup.

Hockey Canada made the announcement Tuesday, according to the Chiefs' website.

Chilliwack, Brooks, Alta., and Yorkton, Sask., all put in bids to host the 2018 national Junior A championship.

“We are grateful to Hockey Canada for the opportunity to host this world-class event and share with the rest of Canada the community our Chiefs have called home for over two decades,” said Glen Ringdal, president of the Chiefs and Prospera Centre.

“I am excited by the partnerships we are developing in our community that, like in the success of our bid, will contribute to a successful and memorable Hockey Canada event.”

The bidding process began in October of last year.

According to the Chiefs, studies of previous RBC Cups indicate the city could realize an economic benefit of between $2 million and $4 million.

The estimated economic impact was $2.8 million in Prince Edward Island with $1.9 million occurring in Summerside, the host city in 2013; and $3.1 million in economic activity in Manitoba with $2.2 million having occurred in the City of Dauphin in 2010.

Lloydminster, Sask., hosted the 2016 RBC Cup, won by the West Kelowna Warriors.

“I want to thank the leaders of our city’s bid committee for their efforts and congratulate the people of Chilliwack on their part in securing this exciting event for our community," said Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz.

"Hosting the 2018 RBC Cup presents an incredible opportunity for each of us to be involved in creating the economic and social benefits this championship will bring.”

The 2018 RBC Cup will take place from May 12 to 18 at Prospera Centre.

The 2017 event will be held in Cobourg, Ont.


BCHLers poked, prodded

Three members of the B.C. Hockey League are being put through their physical and mental paces during the NHL's pre-draft scouting combine in Buffalo, N.Y.

The annual combine, which runs through Saturday, gives representatives of all 30 NHL teams a chance to see selected draft-eligible players being put through their paces.

Chilliwack defenceman Dennis Cholowski, and Penticton teammates, forward Tyson Jost and defenceman Dante Fabbro, were all invited to the weekend.

In all, 115 players are in Buffalo.

The physical testing – such as VO2 max, vertical jump, bench press, pull ups, agility, standing long jump and grip strength – is only part of it. Players will also be sized up for wingspan, body mass and percent body fat among other things.

Then there are the interviews. Top prospects may interview with every NHL team, meaning 30 sit-downs across the table from the team’s top scouts and management.

Questions can vary from the straightforward types on a player’s strengths and weaknesses to more challenging, such as what coaches and teammates would say about the player if they were asked. Some can be quirky (example: how often do you shave?) just to see how the player reacts.

Fabbro is committed to attend Boston University next season, while Cholowski is committed to St. Cloud State in Minnesota and Jost will play at North Dakota.

All three are projected first round NHL selections.

Warriors make moves

Coming off the most successful season in West Kelowna history, the Warriors have finalized a trade with the Prince George Spruce Kings.

West Kelowna native and Warriors assistant captain, Brett Mennear, will be heading to Prince George, to join up with former Warrior Tanner Campbell.

The Warriors acquired Bryan Basilico and Jake LeBrun from Prince George in January, for Tanner Campbell and "future considerations."

Mennear is that future consideration, and his move north now completes the trade.

In the 2015/16 season, Mennear netted 18 goals and 24 points in the regular season, while grabbing 7 goals and 14 assists in playoff play.

"Brett was a vital part of our program the last three years and a big part of our RBC team," Rylan Ferster, Warriors Head Coach and General Manager said. "To get something you have to give up something and that's the reality of our business. We would like to thank Brett for his contributions to the program and wish him continued success with the Spruce Kings."

Mennear has committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey at Bentley University for the 2017/18 season.


More hardware for Warriors

The accolades keep coming for members of the West Kelowna Warriors.

Fresh off their RBC Cup championship Sunday in Lloydminster, Sask., two members of the club have been singled out for their achievements during the regular and post season.

Kyler Hope was named Thursday co-winner of the FortisBC regular season Engery Player of the Year.

Hope, and Kelowna native Linden Hora of the Chilliwack Chiefs, each received 12 Energy Player of the Game nods during the regular season.

Warriors captain Kyle Marino was named the Energy Player of the playoffs, accumulating four such post-game selections.

At the conclusion of each game, a player is recognized just after the three stars are announced who demonstrated exceptional hustle and drive during that night’s contest.

The results are tracked through the regular season and playoffs and the players with the most Energy Player nominations take the title for the year.

Hope, a native of Lashburn, Sask., finished the season 10th in BCHL scoring with 28 goals and 46 assists for 74 points to go along with 62 penalty minutes. He played all 58 games for the Warriors this season.

Marino, from Niagara Falls, Ont., posted seven goals and four assists with 46 penalty minutes while playing all 24 Warriors’ playoff games. The captain led the Warriors to the Fred Page Cup, Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup and the RBC Cup national title.

He’ll remain teammates with Hope as both are committed to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks for next season.

More accolades for Jost

Another honour has been bestowed on Penticton Vees forward Tyson Jost.

The St. Albert native was named Hockey Canada’s RBC Canadian Junior Hockey League national player of the year.

A week ago, Jost was named the CJHL's top forward and MVP.

Jost amassed 42 goals and 104 points in just 48 regular season games, and another six goals and 14 points in 11 playoff games.

At the World Under-18 Hockey Championship in April, Jost set a new Canadian scoring record with 15 points in seven games, breaking Connor McDavid’s record set in 2013.

He also won a gold medal at the 2015 World Junior ‘A’ Challenge in Ontario.

Jost is the first BCHL player to win the award since Kyle Turris in 2007 with the Burnaby Express. He’s just the second player in Penticton history to have that honour bestowed upon him, as Paul Kariya won it in 1992.

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