On a side note, my little cousin is basically a shoe in for next years team (or the year after). He was the top rated 16 year old in Canada this year and went 1st overall in the WHL draft a few weeks ago. It’s gonna be surreal watching a family member play in a tournament that has been such a holiday staple in our family (so long as things keep progressing for him and he can avoid big injuries; knock on wood).
My bil was drafted by the rigers out of Midget in the 90’s, played some preseason games at 16 and traded ro Spokane. He spent about a month or 6 weeks in Spokane in a hotel by himself and riding pine at the rink. Spokane is sketchy as fuck so he said fuck this and moved back to play in the SJHL. Best man at his wedding played there too, Blaine Lacher, went on to play goal for the Bruins. Friend of mine too.
Yeah, I hope he thrives there. It’s great that he went at the top of the list, but I would’ve loved a reason to drive out to Red Deer or Medicine Hat a couple times a year. Spokane is too far and across a border that’s not easy to cross anymore.