Local Guys Make Good

I’d like to give a big shout out to three Powell Riverites after Canada West beat Canada East 4-2 in in the World Junior A Challenge held in Langley BC the other day.

For those unaware, I live in Powell River.

Head coach of the Powell River Kings, Kent Lewis, was behind the bench for the gold medal team.  Kings forward Evan Richardson scored one of the West goals in the final. and goaltender Sean Maguire is also a King and was voted to the tournament all-star team.

I don’t know the two players but I know Kent Lewis, and he’s a gentleman and a fine hockey man. Who knows, maybe he’ll become a bench boss in the NHL some day. Maybe he’ll replace Jacques Martin!

This tournament featured Tier 11 Junior players from Canada West and Canada East, along with teams from Sweden, Russia, the U.S. and the Czech Republic, all going head-to-head, and I wasn’t there but my friend Wayne was, and he said it was fantastic hockey which you can well imagine.

These teenage players in Tier 11 hockey don’t usually go the route of Major Junior players, who focus on making it to the pros. Tier 11 guys end up with university scolarships instead, although there have been exceptions. Brett Hull came out of the British Columbia Hockey League from the Penticton Knights, Milan (POS) Lucic was a member of the Coquitlam Express, and Carey Price donned the pads for the Quesnel Millionaires before he moved up to Tri-City. There’s been a bunch of ex-BCHLers who made the bigs.

The Powell River Kings used to come into the restaurant I owned in Powell River in the late 1990’s and you can’t believe how much these young guys can eat.

Anyway, congratulations to Kent, Evan, and Sean. It must have been a fantastic experience.

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