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Hockey Canada announced their annual “National Showcase” rosters for this summer, which features a current Okanagan Rocket in the likes of Eli Zummack and former Rocket Tyson Jost.
Zummack, 16, was announced to the U17 camp roster for the summer, one of 111 players to take part in the camp and have a chance to participate for Team Pacific in the U17 World Hockey Challenge in Sault Saint Marie, Ontario. Zummack had a fantastic rookie season with the Rockets, posting 14 goals and 38 assists for a team leading 52 points. The Spokane Chief prospect Eli is one of six players from the BCMML represented at the camp, along with Jackson Shepard (Vancouver NW Giants), Jackson Leppard (Vancouver NW Giants, Luka Burzan (Valley West Hawks), Ryan Chyzowski (Thomspon Blazers) and Ethan Cap (Vancouver NW Giants).
Jost, 18, was announced to the Word Junior Hockey Championship camp roster, a tournament that takes place in Toronto and Montreal later this year. Tyson has been a familiar face with Hockey Canada, participating in the U17 Hockey Challenge, Ivan Hlinka tournament and captaining the U18 team in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Jost, along with Penticton Vees teammate and Vancouver NW Giants alum Dante Fabbro, are the only two players on the camp roster to not play Major Junior hockey. The North Dakota Fighting Hawk commit is preparing for the NHL Draft, taking place in Buffalo, New York on June 24th and is set to be the highest ranked Rocket alumni to be drafted into the National Hockey League.
The Rockets want to pass along a huge congratulations and good luck to both Tyson and Eli at their respective camps!