Very few things are as Canadian as our annual Winter Games, and this year, 6 Victoria Royals prospects will head to Red Deer, AB, to participate.
Prospects Nolan Bentham, Cage Newans, and Keegan Maddocks will play on Team BC’s hockey lineup; Trentyn Crane and Roux Bazin will play for Team Manitoba; and Matthew Hudson will play for Team Saskatchewan.
Representing Team BC, Nolan Bentham of Victoria was a Royals first round pick, and has scored 7 goals and 11 assists in 32 games for the Yale Hockey Academy Midget Prep Team.
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Also representing the province is Cage Newans, a Qualicum Beach, BC native. He plays for the North Island Silvertips, and in 31 games has racked up 21 goals, 9 assists, and 38 penalty minutes.
Rounding out the Team BC Players is 15-year-old Keegan Maddocks, a goaltender from Langley, BC. In his 16 games with the Delta Hockey Academy Elite 15’s, he has earned a 14-2-0 record and 0.928 save percentage.
Representing Team Manitoba is Trentyn Crane and Roux Bazin. Crane, a forward from The Morden, MB, has posted 16 goals and 26 assists in 34 games with the Rink Hockey Academy Elite 15’s. Meanwhile, Bazin, from Treherne, MB, is a leading forward with 26 goals and 13 assists scored in the 40 games.
Playing for Team Saskatchewan is forward Matthew Hodson of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The centreman was drafted in the Royals’ third round, and has scored 13 goals and 15 assists in 40 games for the Saskatoon Contacts.
The Victoria Royals are currently on a five-game road trip in BC, and are set to play the Kamloops Blazers tonight at 7:00 p.m.
The team returns to Victoria on Monday, February 18th and Tuesday 19th, where they’ll battle against the Kamloops Blazers once more.
The Canada Winter Games is high-level sporting event that focuses on young athletes from across the country. Each province sends competitors to play in 18 different sports, including Hockey, Curling, Speed Skating, Alpine Skiing, and more.