Three players with Sea to Sky connections have been selected to represent B.C. in the 2019 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships to be held in Whitehorse, Yukon from May 7 to May 12.
Players selected include Braden Blace, a Squamish Nation member who plays for the Pacific Coast Hockey Academy on Vancouver Island; Kayla Munro, who is Métis, hails from North Vancouver and plays for the Fraser Valley Rush AAA and Mary Isaac, of the Lil’wat Nation of Lillooet who plays for the Lillooet Pistons.
The selections were announced on April 25.
The championships showcase the elite bantam and midget-age Indigenous hockey players from across Canada. Team BC sends two teams, one male and one female, featuring the top players from across the province.
To select the players, the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (I·SPARC ) hosted a Team BC Player Selection Camp from April 5 to 7, in Abbotsford. There, 20 male and 20 female hockey players were selected from a roster of 94 attendees.
“Our three-day selection camp showcased an amazing level of talent from across the province,” said Rick Brant, Executive Director at I·SPARC in a news release. “Team BC will be defending last year’s male gold medal performance and building on an impressive fourth-place finish by the female team. We are very pleased with our rosters and the strengths of our two teams as we prepare for the 2019 NAHC in Whitehorse.”
Next, Team BC players will attend a one-day training camp prior to departing for the Yukon on Monday, May 6. The NAHC competition starts on Tuesday, May 7.