Richmond hockey trio shortlisted for Canada Winter Games

Kate Reilly, Katie Chan and Jessica Soon invited to final evaluation camp next month in Penticton

A trio of Richmond players are among 26 who have been shortlisted to play for Team B.C. at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in February.

Defenceman Kate Reilly and forwards Katie Chan and Jessica Soon remain in considered for the team.

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Team BC will hold a preparation camp Dec. 20-23 in Penticton and the final roster will be announced at the conclusion of the camp and compete at the Canada Winter Games — Feb. 23 to March 3 in Red Deer, Alberta.

“We are excited to announce the 26 players selected to continue the process for Team BC,” says Female Program of Excellence (POE) Coordinator Whitney Juszkiewicz. “Every year the skill and competition for Team BC has improved, which is a testament to female hockey in BC and the Yukon.”

Reilly, 17, will be looking to secure a roster spot for the third consecutive season. 

The Grade 12 student attends Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Minnesota and plays for the school’s national champion prep team. Last week she signed her national letter of intent with Quinnipiac University and is one of 14 Sabres headed to NCAA Division One level next season.

Reilly will be re-united with Richmond’s Courtney Vorster who also attended Shattuck-St. Mary’s and is now in her freshman season at Quinnipiac.

Chan is looking to play for Team B.C. for the second straight year after deying the odds and making it as the lone 14-year-old in 2017. She helped B.C. earn bronze at the U18 Nationals.

Chan now attends the Delta Hockey Academy where she plays for the top Female Prep Team — as does Soon, one of just four 15-year-olds still in consideration to make the final roster.

Chan and Soon were also teammates with the Richmond Ravens Bantam AA team that finished second at the 2017 provincials. 

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