Peewees power in to Games
Hockey: Foothills sending to four to Fort McMurray
Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018 06:00 am
Three Okotoks Oilers are trading in black-and-green for brown this weekend.
Okotoks Peewee AA Oilers forwards Caden Kemkaran-Humble, Caleb Lepitre and defenceman Will Harris will suit up for Zone 2 Big Country as they skate their way into the boys hockey elite at the 2018 Alberta Winter Games in Wood Buffalo.
“Representing Okotoks, me and two other guys, we’re going out there and playing all of Alberta,” said Kemkaran-Humble, the leading scorer on Okotoks Peewee Black. “It’s kind of like a mini-Olympics, the opening ceremonies is a chance to get know the other sports that are there.”
The Alberta Winter Games, Feb. 16-19, is a chance to make new friends, play against elite competition and take home regional bragging rights.
There is a lot to be excited about.
“It means people have seen me and I’ve put my effort in to do this,” said Harris, the captain of Okotoks Peewee Green. “They can see that I can do it, they’ve given me the chance to come up and play with all of them.”
Lepitre, an alternate captain on Peewee Green, leads his club with 28 goals and 50 points.
Fittingly, High Country will be represented on the Big Country squad.
Turner Valley’s Tanner Willford, brings his talents to Zone 2.
Willford is the sixth leading scorer in the SCAHL with an impressive 36 goals and 63 points in 29 games with the Foothills Bisons.
Fellow Bison Roan Clowe from Claresholm is also on the squad.
The rosters were selected based on performances at the zone evaluation camp in Olds.
The three ice times featured skill drills and three scrimmages.
“It was really fast hockey and really fun to be out there with all the best of them,” Harris said. “I just played how I usually play, tried my best.”
The mobile puck-moving defenceman, reflected by his 12 goals and 32 points, fits the mould on what should be an up-tempo Zone 2 team.
“It’s probably going to be a lot faster than our league,” he said. “Everyone is so much faster. We’re a very fast team, the d-men are really offensive and we will have a lot of good chances and opportunities to put it in the net.”
The Foothills is well represented on the Big Country female hockey squad featuring Okotokians Brooklyn and Kristin LeDuc, Jordyn Matthews, Kate Pickering, Hailee Easson and Longview’s Falyn Thomson.
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