TEAM NOVA SCOTIA MEETS TEAM PEI TODAY IN FIRST GAME OF QMJHL EXCELLENCE CHALLENGE
Apr. 28, 2016
BOISBRIAND, QC – Hockey Nova Scotia's Under-16 boys are looking to replicate last year’s success this week in Boisbriand, Quebec.
Nova Scotia’s Under-16 boys team hits the ice this afternoon in their first game of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s 2016 Gatorade Excellence Challenge. They face Team PEI at 2:30 p.m. AST at the Centre d'excellence Sports Rousseau in their opening game.
The team is made up of 20 players from across Nova Scotia. Nineteen of those players have been selected from teams in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League (NSMMHL).
Team Nova Scotia left the province for the event on Sunday night after a two-day tune-up camp in East Hants. Before the team departed, former high performance program players Ryan Falkehnam (former Halifax Mooseheads captain) and Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche forward) dropped by to give them a pep talk and offer some advice.
On Wednesday, members of Team Nova Scotia participated in the QMJHL’s Under Armour Combine. Following the combine, Jared MacIsaac (Cole Harbour WolfPack, NSMMHL) was named team captain. Andrew Coxhead (Dartmouth Steele Subaru Major Midgets, NSMMHL) and Ryan MacLellan (Cape Breton West Islanders, NSMMHL) were named the assistant captains.
The Gatorade Excellence Challenge is an annual tournament that features six teams from Quebec (2), New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nova Scotia. One hundred and twenty of the top prospects from the region will take part in the event which scouts will use as an evaluation tool ahead of the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft.
Over the next four days, Team Nova Scotia will play each of the teams once before Sunday’s medal games. Last year, Nova Scotia lost 4-3 in a shootout to Quebec (Blue) in the championship game. It was the province’s best ever finish at the event.
Please find the entire Team Nova Scotia roster below.
Hockey Nova Scotia would like to do wish the players and staff of Team Nova Scotia the best of luck in Boisbriand this week.