Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Locals Attend World U-17 Challenge Team Pacific Camp:

Four regional Hockey players are participating in the Team Canada Pacific Under 17 Hockey try out camp in Calgary this week, which will wrap up Sunday at the WinSport Arena.

Brandon Kegler of Leduc is competing between the pipes, while Curtis Miske of Beaumont, Wetaskiwin's Matt Fonteyne and Ardrossan's Grayson Pawlenchuk are all taking part as skaters.

Kegler spent last season with the Leduc Minor Midget AAA Oil Kings, posting a .919 save percentage and a 2.93 GAA.

As a 4th round WHL Bantam Draft selection of the Saskatoon Blades, Kegler is one of the top goaltending prospects with the host of this past seasons' Mastercard Memorial Cup.

Miske put up 33 points in 33 games with the LJAC Midget AAA Oil Kings in 2012/2013.

As a former Camrose Minor Hockey product, Miske moved to the LJAC program in 2012/2013 after being drafted in the 2nd Round by the Spokane Chiefs of the WHL.

Fonteyne also put up a point per game as a Midget AAA Oil King - with 34 points.

Matt was a 3rd Round Bantam Draft selection by the Everett Silvertips, and along with his 18 assists as an Oil King, he also put up a single helper in two games with the Silvertips.

Pawlenchuk spent the season with Sherwood Park's Midget AAA program, recording 26 points in 31 games.

Like goaltender Kegler, Grayson was also drafted in the 4th Round of the 2012 Bantam Draft, by the Red Deer Rebels; who put faith in the youngster by dressing him for 4 games, although he was held pointless.

The four are part of a 47-player camp competing for a spot on the 23-man roster.

The World Under 17 Challenge takes place in Sydney, Nova Scotia beginning December 29th.

Last year's Under 17 Team Pacific roster featured Leduc product Brandon Hickey, who spent the 12/13 season with the AJHL's Spruce Grove Saints, along with Leduc's Mike Williamson who was drafted to the Vancouver Canucks 175th overall at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Some more notable graduates who have played with Team Pacific include:

- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 2010
- Evander Kane, 2008
- Brent Seabrook, 2002
- Dion Phaneuf, 2002
- Mike Green, 2002
- Jarome Iginla, 1994
- Joe Sakic, 1986

The full camp roster is available for viewing here.

Friday, July 5, 2013

One-on-One with Mike Williamson:

I was privileged to have the opportunity to chat with a member of the Spruce Grove Saints' 2012 AJHL Championship team this week, as defenseman Michael Williamson made time to pop by the 93.1 The One studios in Leduc, where Williamson calls home.

Mike is a 19 year old who got the call by the Vancouver Canucks with the 175th overall selection in the 6th round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, and he is off to join the NCAA's Penn State Nittany Lions this fall for their first year of Division I Big Ten Conference play.

After suiting up in just short of 100 career AJHL games, Williamson picked up a combined 39 points in the playoffs and regular season following a two-year stint with the AMHL's LJAC Oil Kings in which he wore the 'C' for his final year.

This weekend, the Vancouver Canucks are holding their development camp at Rogers Arena, which will wrap up on Friday, July 28th.

Best of luck to Mike and his family moving forward, I look forward to seeing you suit up for years to come!

If the below interview does not appear, click here to go to the player!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Leduc's Williamson Drafted By Canucks:


The next big guest on the blog probably enjoyed his Canada Day a little bit more than anyone else - and for good reason.

Leduc's Mike Williamson was among 210 others drafted this past weekend in the NHL's entry Draft in Newark, New Jersey.

Williamson was drafted 175th overall by the Vancouver Canucks, after being projected to go at 183rd overall.

The 19 year old is off to play for the NCAA's PennState next season.

Williamson played two full seasons with the AJHL's Spruce Grove Saints, recording 29 points in 69 career regular season games along with 10 points in 26 playoff games.


Mike will join me this week to discuss the past season, the draft, and what's next on his schedule as the hardest part of his career is just getting started!

View his NHL.com profile here: http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8477315

View his Elite Prospects profile here: http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=54063