Richmond blueliner Trey Taylor is among 23 players from the BC Hockey League invited to Team Canada West tryouts, starting on Sunday in Calgary.
The three-day camp at the Markin MacPhail Centre will determine Team Canada West's roster for the World Junior “A” Challenge, beginning Dec. 7 in Dawson Creek. The five team event also features Canada East, Russia, United States and the Czech Republic.
The 44 players were selected from Canada Junior Hockey League’s five western Junior A leagues: the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL), Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) and the BCHL.
“It’s a huge honour to be invited to try out for a such a great event,” said Taylor. “But being invited is just the first step, with the ultimate goal of course to make to the team and represent my country.”
The 17-year-old is among the NHL Central Scouting’s Players to Watch List for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. He has been given a “C” rating which makes him a candidate to go between the fourth and sixth rounds at next June’s proceedings in Montreal.
Taylor came through Seafair Minor’s rep program before spending one season at the Delta Hockey Academy. He is in his second season with the Vipers and is among the team’s assistant captains.
His older brother Ty starred in net for Vernon — earning BCHL goalie of the year honours and also was selected in the seventh round of the 2018 NHL Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning. He is now in his sophomore season at the University of New Hampshire.