All six of the NWJHL teams will have a new opportunity to show off the talent from each team at the NWJHL Showcase, Nov. 9 to 11, just outside of Grande Prairie. Each team will play a regular season game on both the Saturday and Sunday, in front of scouts from Western Canada and fans from all over the peace region. The Huskies will play the County of Grande Prairie JDA Kings on Nov. 10 at 8 p.m., and the Fairview Flyers on Nov. 11 at 1 p.m.
The event was thought up between the teams and the league as a way to make it easier and more enticing for scouts from Junior A and collegiate level teams to come see the type of players that compete in the NWJHL. Invites have been sent out to scouts from the AJHL, SJHL, MJHL and BCHL, amongst others. The games will be played at the Crosslink County Sportsplex in Clairmont, AB, home of the Kings.
"Our league has been gaining more and more attention the past couple years and it's important to keep this momentum going. We're trying to put our players in a good position to move on to the Junior A and collegiate levels, which we've had some success with lately," said Huskies President Mike Bacso.
This past offseason alone saw Jarod Lang, Zak Babin, Dane Bateman and Sebastian Powsey all move on to play a higher level of hockey.
Since it's the first year of the event, Bacso cautioned that it might take some time for this showcase to catch on, but is hopeful scouts will make the effort and that the event grows in the years to come.
Bacso urged Huskies fans to make the trip to watch a couple games and help make the team feel at home. The showcase also provides Huskies management to do a little scouting and note-taking of their own and learn a bit more about the other teams in the league.
NWJHL Showcase Schedule
Fairview Flyers vs Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks, 1 p.m.
Sexsmith Vipers vs North Peace Navigators, 4 p.m.
Fort St. John Huskies vs County of Grande Prairie Kings, 8 p.m.
Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks vs Sexsmith Vipers, 10 a.m.
Fort St. John Huskies vs Fairview Flyers, 1 p.m.
North Peace Navigators vs County of Grande Prairie Kings, 4 p.m.
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