Richmond will be well-represented on the Pacific Junior Hockey League’s Prospects Team headed to Nanaimo on Sunday to take on the top up-and-coming players from the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League.
The game is part of a new partnership between the two junior “B” leagues. They will also come together later this month in Delta for the PJHL/VJHL All-Star Game as well.
Sockeyes forwards Garrett Wicks and Mattias Hohlweg have both been recognized for their impressive rookie seasons by being named to the Prospects Team.
Wicks, 18, ranks third in the league among freshman scoring with 36 points in 30 games, including 17 goals. Hohlweg, 17, is fifth with 27 points in 34 games, including 10 goals.
Three other Richmond natives will also be heading to Nanaimo.
Seafair product Ajeet Gundarah is having an outstanding season in goal for the Langley Trappers. The 16-year-old ranks second in the league in save percentage at .925 and also has a 2.71 goals against average.
He backstopped the Islanders to the provincial and Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship two years ago.
Another Seafair product is Grandview Steelers rookie forward Ethan Strik. The 17-year-old has racked up 15 points in 18 games since joining the Steelers from the Sockeyes in late October.
Bradley Araki-Young of the Delta Ice Hawks was also selected. The 17-year-old younger brother of the Sockeyes’ Michael Araki-Young has had a solid season on the Delta blueline with 12 points in 32 games.