Marcus Vela (left to right), Bo Didur and Jake Kearley are off to the Canada West training camp in Calgary. The Langley Rivermen trio are hoping to make the final roster for the upcoming World Junior A Challenge in Kinderley, Sask. Camp goes from Dec. 7 to 9 with the WJAC set to begin Dec. 14.

Rivermen trio earn camp invite

Forward Marcus Vela, goaltender Bo Didur and defenceman Jake Kearley hoping to crack final Canada West roster for World Junior A Challenge

Three members of the Langley Rivermen are off to Calgary later this week as they look to crack the Canada West roster for the upcoming World Junior A Challenge.

Goaltender Bo Didur, centre Marcus Vela and defenceman Jake Kearley are among the invitees for the three-day camp which runs Dec. 7 to 9 in Calgary.

Sixty players are at the camp and the final roster will travel to Kinderley, Sask. for the tournament, which runs Dec. 14 to 20.

“I’m really excited for them,” said Bobby Henderson, the Langley head coach and general manager.

“It’s a nice honour for them to be recognized. I’m sure they’re not going to be satisfied with just going to camp.

“All three will go with the intention of making the team.”

Didur has been one of the best goalies in the BCHL this year, sporting an impressive 2.58 goals against average, which is fifth in the league. In 20 games, the second year goalie has 11 wins including one shutout and a .924 save percentage.

“Bo’s been great for us all year,” stated Henderson. “He’s given us a chance to win every game he’s been in. He’s very athletic and competitive.”

Vela, also in his second BCHL season, is among the leaders in scoring for Langley this year. His 22 points are good for third on the team and his 18 assists is the highest among Rivermen players. He was recently on the NHL Central Scouting players to watch list for the month of November.

“He’s one of the top centre men in the league,” said Henderson.

“He can play the game any style as well as play in all situations from power plays and penalty kill, which should help his cause.”

The final Rivermen attending selection camp is defenseman Jake Kearley.

Kearley leads all Rivermen defensemen in scoring with 14 points. The Newmarket, Ontario product brings his physical presence to camp as well as his scoring ability.

“Physically he’s proven himself in the league,” said Henderson. “Now it’s just a matter of highlighting the rest of his game and hopefully he can show that off to the guys in camp.”

Rivermen trainer Brayden Tonogai will also be working with the Canada West squad throughout the camp and the tournament.

Just Posted

Boys and their toys gearing up for Cruise-In

The story behind some of the cool cars coming to annual Aldergrove car show and fundraiser

VIDEO: Burnouts in the Sky returns in honour of Bradley McPherson

Annual car show returns for first time since McPherson’s killer was convicted

VIDEO: RibFest kicks off in Langley

Free event features barbecue ribs, chicken, pork and brisket from Canada’s top rib artists

Langley woman’s graduation marks expansion of PTSD service dog program

Delta-based B.C. and Alberta Guide Dogs Society and Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs merging to service to more veterans

For a 20th year, golfers memorialize Surrey business owner killed by cancer

Annual tourney pays tribute to Howie Blessin, who wasn’t an avid golfer but employed people who are

First responders, police march in funeral procession for Fredericton officers

Hundreds of officials marched in the parade, which included massed band, several police motorcycles

Canadians react to death of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan at age 80

Nobel Peace Prize-winning former UN leader died early Saturday following a short illness

44 drownings so far this year in B.C.

Lifesaving Society urging caution to prevent deaths while on lakes, oceans and in pools

Some of B.C.’s air quality levels worse than Jodhpur, India

Okanagan, northern B.C. seeing some of the worst air quality globally

VIDEO: Ground crews keep a close eye on largest B.C. wildfire

Originally estimated to be 79,192 hectares, officials said more accurate mapping shows smaller size

Vancouver Island woman to attempt historic swim across Juan de Fuca Strait today

Ultra-marathon swimmer Susan Simmons to attempt to swim from Victoria to Port Angeles and back

Canadians believe in immigration but concerned about asylum seekers: study

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada paid for study to understand Canadian attitudes

These are the highest-paid actresses of 2018

In its list released this week Forbes said all 10 earned a total of $186 million before tax

VIDEO: World of Magic coming to Vancouver

Seven magic shows will appear at the Vancouver Playhouse from September 7 to 9

Most Read