Richmond’s Katie Chan and Annalise Wong are among 20 players named to the final roster for Team B.C. that will be heading to Manitoba in November for the 2019 National Women’s U18 Hockey Championships.
The team was finalized following a four-day camp at UBC earlier month, culminating an extensive tryout process that began with regional camps in the spring.
Chan has made Team B.C. for the third consecutive year. The Grade 11 student at the Delta Hockey Academy helped B.C. win bronze at the 2017 nationals, as well as the Canada Winter Games last March in Red Deer. The high-scoring forward is in her second season with the DHA Girls Prep team.
Wong helped the Richmond Ravens capture the Midget “A” provincial championship last spring and is the lone player on the Team B.C. roster that plays for a minor hockey association. The Grade 11 student at Steveston-London Secondary made the team as forward despite spending almost her entire career on the blueline.
She has also made the transition up front as a key returning member of the Ravens, under coach AJ Sander.
“We look forward to continuing the recent success of Team BC with this group of talented players,” commented BC Hockey Chief Executive Officer, Barry Petrachenko. “The preparations by this group of athletes, coaches and team staff have been outstanding and we are excited to have them represent BC at the National Women's U18 Hockey Championship.”
The tournament runs from Nov. 3-9 in Morden and Winkler, MB.
Chan and Wong continue what has become a tradition in recent years of Richmond representation on the team. Courtney Vorster captained Team BC at the 2017 nationals while Kate Reilly played with Chan in Red Deer. Both are now playing at the NCAA Division One level with Quinnipiac University in their sophomore and freshman seasons respectively.