The Okanagan Rockets are proud to announce that 2000-born forwards Coleton Bilodeau and Eli Zummack, along with trainer Craig Carter, will be heading to Calgary in a few short weeks to take on the top U16 prospects west of Ontario. The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup will feature the highest rated players in the Under 16 age category representing the four Western Provinces (BC, Alberta, Sask, and Manitoba).
Zummack and Bilodeau join a prestigious group of Rockets who have attended this event in past years. That list includes alumni Tyson Jost, Jake Kryski, Nolan Kneen and Lucas Cullen. They will try to help Team BC bring home a gold for the first time since 2012.
Zummack, a 2nd round pick of the Red Deer Rebels, has made an immediate impact for the Rockets in the season's first 6 games. Posting 6 points (1G, 5A) in his first six games, Zummack will be looked upon to provide an offensive spark with this year's team. "Eli is a gifted player, he has a natural abililty to see the ice and makes tremendous decisions in the offensive zone." said Team BC Assistant Coach Eric Blais. "Zummie is a great skater and we will lean on him to push the pace of our offense throughout the
Bilodeau, an 8th round pick of the Moose Jaw Warriors, is no stranger to playing with Zummack as the two spent last year with the Pursuit of Excellence Bantam Prep team. Bilodeau, a Vernon native, has provided the Rockets with a gritty centre, who has been defensively responsible as a rookie in the BCMML. Although chipping in offensively for the Rockets with 2 points (1G, 1A), Bilodeau will be looked at as a 2 way forward, who can stabilize play in his own end. "Coleton plays a 200 foot game, he has a solid skill set and is very tough to beat in the faceoff circle" said Blais. "He will be a big part of the team's success in Calgary."
Both Rockets' rookies will head to Calgary to begin the tournament on October 28th. They will have a familliar face as Rockets' trainer Craig Carter will be making the
trip with them as he has been selected to represent
British Columbia at this year's event.
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