Congratulations to Storm netminder Curtis Skip. He's been selected as one of the two goalies to represent the Canada West squad at the 2012 World Junior A Challenge, November 5-11 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
The Grande Prairie minor hockey product was one of 19 AJHL Players—and 60 players in total—who were invited to Canada West Selection Camp for the 2012 World Junior A Challenge from October 28th-31st in Calgary. Players named to the Canada West selection camp roster were selected from the CJHL’s five western Junior A leagues: the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) and Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL).
“These players represent some of the best prospects in the entire game, not just Junior A,” said CJHL president Kirk Lamb. “Canada West has enjoyed tremendous success at the World Junior A Challenge and we are very confident these selections will allow Canada West to be very competitive in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.”
Skip was one of six goaltenders invited to camp. He and Jordan Imoo of Powell River in the BCJHL beat out the other four netminders to earn themselves a spot on the final roster. Skip was also one of only three AJHL players who made the final roster, with the others being defenceman Josh Healy of Sherwood Park and forward Dylan Richard of Spruce Grove.
In the World Junior A Challenge, Canada West will play in Group A, joined by the Czech Republic and Russia, while Canada East, Switzerland and the United States will comprise Group B.
For more information on the 2012 IIHF World Junior A Challenge, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca/wjac, or follow along via social media at www.facebook.com/wjrac or www.twitter.com/hc_wjac