Langley Rivermen forward Ryan Barrow and defenceman Cameron Ginnetti (photo below) are among the invitees to next week's Team Canada West training camp in Leduc, Alta.

Rivermen leading scorers off to camp with Canada West

Ryan Barrow leads Langley with 36 points while Rivermen's Cameron Ginnetti is tops among all BCHL defenceman with 29 points

A pair of Langley Rivermen are about to audition to play for Team Canada West.

Forward Ryan Barrow and defenceman Cameron Ginnetti are among the 100 players from across the country heading to selection camps in advance of the 2016 World Junior A Challenge.

The invitations are from the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) working in partnership with Hockey Canada.

The World Junior A Challenge — a showcase of Canadian and international Junior A talent — comes to Alberta for the second time in tournament history when Bonnyville welcomes the event Dec. 11-17.

The event will feature two Canadian teams — Team Canada East and Team Canada West — and four international entries which will go for gold in Bonnyville.

In Leduc, Alta., 60 players — including Barrow and Ginnetti — will gather next week (Dec. 5 to 8) to take part in intrasquad games and practices in the hopes of cracking Team Canada West’s final line-up.

Barrow, 19, a 6’2” 170 pound centre from Banff, Alta., leads the Rivermen with 36 points.

He is bound for Dartmouth (NCAA Div. 1) in 2018/19.

“I’m pretty thrilled,” Barrow said, about the invite. “I’ve had a pretty good start so it’s nice to get rewarded for it, for sure.”

The World Junior A Challenge wasn’t even on Barrow’s radar until just recently.

“I heard the tourney was coming around again so just to get invited (to training camp) was awesome,” he said.

His game plan going into camp is to “try my best to make the team and show them everything I’ve got.”

If he makes the team, this will be Barrow’s first opportunity to wear Canada’s colours.

“That’s something new and really exciting, for sure,” he said.

This season, like the upcoming camp, has been all about opportunity — and making the most out of it while playing on a line with skilled forwards Brendan Budy and (until he was injured), Max Kaufman.

“Last year, I started to heat up,” Barrow said.

“I got used to the league after Christmas. It took a while to get used to the league. This year, with all the (graduating) forwards leaving … I credit the coaches for giving me the opportunity and my linemates have made it easier this year.

“The points are just an extra.”

The Vancouver-born Ginnetti, 18, is the top scoring defenceman in the BCHL with 29 points, and leads all blueliners with 26 helpers. 

The 5’11” 190-pound, right-handed shooting Ginnetti is committed to Clarkson University (NCAA Div. 1) next season.

And while it’s an honour to get invited, Ginnetti says he wasn’t all that surprised about getting the call.

“I’m having a really good year this year, and at the start of the year, my goal was to get the invite,” he said.

“I’m really excited and looking forward to camp.”

Ginnetti knows what he has to do to get noticed in Leduc.

“I just have to go in there and be confident,” he said.

“A huge part of making the team is playing with confidence, proving myself to coaches, and leaving it all out there on the ice.”

Ginnetti has already doubled his point output from last season, when he tallied 14 points in 49 games.

“I credit my teammates with that,” he said. “They’ve been helping me out.

“The team’s doing all right. Our goal is turning it around and getting more wins.”

The Leduc Recreation Centre will host all scheduled games and practices in advance of the final roster selections for Team Canada West.

“Coaches from all five leagues representing Team Canada West assisted in identifying players which will make for a fast-paced, very competitive selection camp,” said Trevor Alto, director of operations for Team Canada West.

“The focus is on competition for the 22 roster spots; however, the staff is dedicated to providing each invitee every opportunity to not only put their best foot forward, but to also enjoy the opportunity to represent Team Canada West.”

Team Canada West players are selected from among the league’s five western Junior A leagues: the B.C. Hockey League (BCHL), Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL), and Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL).

Coquitlam Express head coach Barry Wolff — who was previously an associate head coach with the Langley Chiefs — will serve as Team Canada West’s head coach.

The World Junior A Hockey Challenge runs Dec. 11 to 17 in Bonnyville, Alta.

 

Just Posted

BREAKING: Metro Vancouver mayors cancel Surrey LRT in favour of SkyTrain

TransLink will immediately suspend work on light rail

Police dog helps apprehend ‘prolific’ property crime offender near Surrey, Langley border

Douglas Holmes, 47, has been charged with break and enter of a business on the Langley Bypass

VIDEO: Crooks use truck, sledgehammer to break into Langley stores

Thieves have hit two Brookswood stores in commercial burglaries in the last month.

COMMUTER ALERT: Serious pedestrian crash closes Pacific Highway

Traffic along 176th Street, 4th to 8th Avenue, is blocked while Mounties continue to investigate.

Marcel Dionne to appear at the Legends Banquet at the Langley Events Centre

Hockey Hall of Famer is one of several NHL greats slated to attend

VIDEO: People with diabetes meet their alert dogs

A diabetic alert dog is trained to detect low blood sugar in people who have Type 1 diabetes

John Horgan shrugs off low turnout, change to referendum option

‘No’ proportional representation group says voting should be extended

Two more government pot shops to open in Kamloops

Two private applications are also in the queue to come before city council by the end of the year

2 B.C. men charged after allegedly stealing $1,400 worth of butter

The two men, ages 23 and 25, are facing charges of theft under $5,000, Coquitlam police said

Invasive fire ants join the tourist swarms at Hawaii Volcano National Park

Invasive species found at popular tourist destination

Ten-year sentence for man convicted of B.C. belt-strangling death

Shayne McGenn guilty of manslaughter in 2016 death of David Delaney, 63

Aldergrove Kodiaks outfox Trappers

Aldergrove Junior B hockey team’s 3-1 win puts them at 24 points in the season

Roy Clark, country singer, ‘Hee Haw’ star, has died

Guitar virtuoso died because of complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Okla. He was 85.

Lack of funding, culture on campus biggest barriers for Indigenous students: report

Report based on nearly 300 responses found lack of support at post-secondary schools a big concern

Most Read