Langley Rivermen’s Brendan Budy is hoping to make the Canada West roster for the upcoming world junior A Hockey Challenge. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Rivermen duo aiming to crack Canada West roster

Langley duo among 60 invitees to selection camp

Another week, another list.

Last week, Langley Rivermen forwards Brendan Budy and Angus Crookshank saw their names on a players to watch list from NHL Central Scouting for this June’s NHL entry draft.

And this week, the two leading scorers for the Langley junior A hockey club were announced among the 60 invitees who will take part in the Team Canada West selection camp for the upcoming world junior A Hockey Challenge.

“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 Kevin Saurette, a member of Team Canada West’s coaching staff and its director of operations.

“We look forward to watching these players earn the opportunity to represent Team Canada West at what will be a very competitive 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.”

The camp will be held Dec. 2 to 5 in Calgary and features players from the BCHL, Alberta Junior Hockey League, Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, Manitoba Junior Hockey League and Superior International Junior Hockey League.

The WJAC runs Dec. 10 to 16 in Truro, N.S.

Budy has 11 goals and 31 points in 27 games while Crookshank has 13 goals and 21 points in 19 games.

“It’s a great opportunity for them,” said Langley coach Bobby Henderson.

The pair will miss three games for sure, and if they make the final roster, will be out of the Rivermen line-up for another four games.

Other players will have to step up in their absence, Henderson said.

“We have some guys waiting in the wings,” he said. “And we have had guys stepping up all season at different points so it is an opportunity for some of those guys to step up and grow their role a little bit and get some more minutes.”


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