The Canadian Junior Hockey League has announced its 44-man roster for the upcoming Team Canada West Selection Camp for the 2019 World ‘Junior A’ Challenge this December.
Included in the list of invitees are three players from the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. Despite the majority of those selected coming from the Alberta or British Columbia Major Junior Leagues, Manitoba does have some representation as defenceman Owen Murray (Decker) and forwards Kyle Bettens (Winnipeg) and Carter Loney (Winnipeg) will each try out.
Murray, 16, is in his second year with the Portage Terriers and has produced two goals and 15 points in just 19 regular season games thus far. Following one season with RINK Hockey in 2017-18, the undersized defender made his way to Portage where he has 11 goals and 56 points in 74 career MJHL games.
Bettens, 18, is also in his second MJHL season, suiting up with the Steinbach Pistons. After putting up 10 goals and 29 points in 40 games last season, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound winger already has 10 goals and 27 points in just 21 games in 2019-20.
Loney, 17, has spent the past two seasons alongside Bettens in Steinbach, where has compiled 12 goals, 28 points and 33 penalty minutes in 32 games. Off to a fiery start, the three-year RINK Hockey player is up to nine goals and 22 points through 21 games with the Pistons in 2019-20.
Murray, Bettens and Loney will report to the Canada West Selection Camp at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, AB. from December 1-3 for a process of evaluation through practice and scrimmage. The tournament will begin December 7 with Canada West taking on the United States at 8:00 PM central, while Canada East battles Russia at 3:00 PM. The championship game will go December 15.
Alongside the three playing MJHL representatives, Paul Dyck (Steinbach Pistons) and Gord Burnett (Winnipeg Blues) will also serve as members of the Canada West 2019 coaching staff.