The Richmond News September 17, 2010 A25
Sports MAJOR MIDGET HOCKEY
Canadians leaning on top young guns BY MARK BOOTH
The Greater Vancouver Canadians will be relying on speed and skill to make up for for what they may lack in size and experience when they open B.C. Major Midget Hockey League season this weekend. The Canadians will be icing one of their youngest line-ups in franchise history with returning forward Jeremy Gossard being the lone 17-year-old on the roster. That hardly means its a rebuilding year in a league that is designed to showcase the top junior prospects in the province and this year is no exception. “This is a young and small team that’s going to be relying on speed and skill for success,” said secondyear head coach Leland Mack. “ The Canadians feature two players who were first round selections in the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft, including the Vancouver Giants’ top pick — forward Anthony Ast. The last Giant first round pick to play for the Canadians happens to be Evander Kane of the Atlanta Thrashers. Ast played all his minor hockey in Richmond before spending last season with the Burnaby Winter Club at the Bantam AAA level. The other 15-year-old to watch up front is North Delta native Nicolas Petan — selected 16th overall by the Portland Winterhawks. “They are completely different players,” said Mack. “Anthony is a very solid two-way kid who is more of a playmaker that can fit very well within a structure. Nic
is more of a free-wheeling type that can do some crazy things with the puck.” The young back end talent includes Macoy Erkamps, taken 27th overall by the Lethbridge Hurricanes. He offers similar qualities to the last South Delta Minor Hockey product to go high in the draft to the Hurricanes — current Chicago Blackhawks star Brent Seabrook. “Macoy has the ability to jump into the rush, make hits, shoot the puck and make passes to start a play,” added Mack. “He will be used on all situations and we just need to make sure he plays within himself.” Besides Gossard, other returning players include: Nolan Kinney, Kyle Hoekstra and Brodyn Nielsen. Richmond Minor grad Brodie Burdeny will share the goaltending duties with Tristan Jarry.
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Richmond News September 17 2010