Merritt Centennials defenceman Reece Willcox and Team White lost 5-2 to Team Red Monday night in the first intrasquad game at the Canada West Evaluation Camp in Canmore, Alberta.
Team Red, which includes BCHLers Sean Maguire (Powell River), Jordan Paddock (Powell River), Michael King (Westside), Travis St. Denis (Penticton), Aaron Hadley (Vernon), Bryce Gervais (Salmon Arm), Mason Blacklock (Langley) and Adam Tambellini (Vernon), faces Cents forward Regan Soquila and Team Black on Tuesday night in Canmore.
This year is the first time ever that two Centennials players have been invited to the Canada West Evaluation Camp for the World Junior ‘A’ Challenge Tournament.
Canada West will play in Group A at the 2011 World Junior A Challenge, joined by Sweden and the United States, while Canada East, the Czech Republic and Russia will comprise Group B. Round-robin play will run until Wednesday, November 9, with both semifinals taking place Friday, November 11. The gold medal game, which will be shown nationally on TSN/RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, is set for Sunday, November 13 (check your local listings). All preliminary round games, quarter-finals, semifinals and the bronze medal game can be seen live via webcast through FASTHockey at hockeycanada.fasthockey.com.
Full-tournament 15-game ticket packages are now on sale, including tickets to all 13 games at the 2011 World Junior A Challenge, both CJHL Prospects Games and a free souvenir tournament program, for only $150. To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.
Single-game ticket information will be announced closer to the start of the 2011 World Junior A Challenge.
Canada West has appeared in four of the five gold medal games at the World Junior A Challenges, winning gold in 2006 in Yorkton, Sask., and 2007 in Trail, B.C., before settling for silver in 2008 in Camrose, Alta., and 2009 in Summerside, P.E.I. It finished fourth last year in Penticton, B.C.