Five hockey players from northern British Columbia will travel to Whistler for the final tryout before the 2023 Canada Winter Games in Summerside, Prince Edward Island.
On the boys’ side, Cameron Schmidt and Chase Harrington of Prince George are among 15 forwards vying for 12 spots at U-16 training, which runs Dec. 16-18.
Additionally, Cariboo Cougars U-17 goaltender and local product Ryder Green is one of three goaltenders selected.
Schmidt was taken 7th overall by the Vancouver Giants in the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft, one spot ahead of Harrington, who was picked by the Spokane Chiefs.
So far this year at Rink Academy in Kelowna, Schmidt has eight goals, two assists and 10 points in just six games with the U-18 prep squad.
Harrington ignites the Canadian Schools Athletic League as part of the Delta Academy U-18 prep team.
In eight games, he had 15 points. The 15-year-old played his first WHL game with Spokane on Oct. 22 against the Seattle Thunderbirds.
Green, meanwhile, is 5-0-1-0 with Cariboo and has a 2.90 goals-against average.
He was selected in the eighth round (158th overall) in this year’s WHL Prospects Draft by the Brandon Wheat Kings.
On the women’s side, two former Northern Capitals are participating in the U-18 girls’ camp for Team BC.
Hailey Armstrong from Rink Academy in Kelowna and Maria Ayre from Northern Alberta Xtreme were invited.
Armstrong, who hails from Dawson Creek, has seven goals and five assists at Rink while Ayre, a Fort St. John product, has 15 points in 18 games and is on the same team as the former Boston defenseman. Caps Kasey Ditner.
Both Ayre and Armstrong played on a line with graduate forward Brooklyn Hutchings with the Caps last season.
Armstrong also scored the overtime winner for Team British Columbia at the 2021 Western Regional U18 Championships in Manitoba.
She, along with Hutchings and another Northern Capitals graduate, Keagan Goulet, all received gold medals.
Armstrong had 47 points in 28 games last season for the Caps while Ayre had 28 points in 32 games.
The men’s hockey tournament is scheduled for the first week of the Games in February. 18-25.
The women’s tournament is scheduled for February 27 to March 5.