One of the more important scouting events for 2004 born spring hockey will take place this coming weekend in Calgary, AB with the Havoc Elite Invitational Tournament. This will be the 7th annual such tournament and will take plays at the beautiful Winsport Arena’s at the Calgary Olympic Park district.
The tournament will feature 12 teams divided equally in to 4 divisions. Every province will be represented by top prospects as well as some top prospects from the Western USA. Here below is a bit of a preview!
Yotes – The Yotes will be led by top 5 overall 04 Bowden Singleton, top ranked goalie Justin Hauser and high end forward Hayden Pakkala. The team may lack the defense core to go far in the tournament however.
Boys of the North – Team made up of primarily top Manitoba players minus the ones playing with the Vancouver Jr. Canucks this weekend in Vancouver. Conor Geekie is a high end 04 who should put up big points as should Minnesota’s Daimon Gardner. Demelash McKay and Caden Zaplitny are a couple other players who should lead a pretty potent attack. Ben Saunderson on defense and Owen Pickering are solid. In goal, a pair of Manitoba goalies will handle things with Mason Lobreau and Keegan Gordon.
Vancouver Selects Blue – The Select Blue will enter the tournament as one of the favorites in our opinion. Big 5’11 Ben Feenan, Antonio Conte and Grayden Siepmann lead the defense core. Up front, the abbotsford boys of top ranked Brayden Schuurman, Ben Thornton, Brayden Edwards and Tyson Dyck will all play important roles. Kolby Hay from Abbotsford is a high ranked tender.
Edmonton Wild – The Wild may be in a bit tough. Kaleb Cathrea of Leduc could be a factor offensively as well as Dylan Ruptash. Defensively, we will watch Owen Pringle to see if he can push up the rankings.
Winterhawks – Another of the favorites to win the tournament. The Winterhawks feature many of the top Northern Alberta 04 prospects. Justen Maric (Edmonton) is one of the top goalie prospects currently in the age group. Defensively, the team many not have a super elite defender but have solid prospects like Parker Garries and Nolan Kazeil. Up front, Jordan Gustafson (Fort Saskatchewan) has been a force this spring and he is helped by Ben Hemmerling (Sherwood Park), Austin Corsiatto (Olds) and Rhett Melnyk (Fort Saskatchewan). A good team.
NAA Chain – The Chain should finish 2nd in this pool led by high end prospect Billal Noori (Edmonton). The defense is the teams strong suit though led by top Western Canada defenseman Aidan Hyra (Winnipeg), Grayson Gotaas (Camrose) and Keaton Dowhaniuk (Sherwood Park). They likely have the top defense core in the entire tournament and with Noori, make them a strong team.
Red Deer Rustlers – They have a few high scoring forwards like Nate Danielson, Ty Daneault and Tyler McKenzie who are all from Red Deer. Their go-to guy however will likely by Rylan Roersma of Taber! Defensively, Jed Magarrell (Taber) and Kaiden Ellertson are prospects to watch.
CWH Quest – Several high end Saskatchewan born prospects make up the Quest team. Cole Tanchuk (Prince Albert) leads the defense core and will be looked at to log huge minutes in big games. The forward group is very strong with good depth led by Jakin Lawrence (West Central), Jaydon Jessiman (SC), Parker LaLonde (Warman), Carter Cormier (Warman), Carter Dereniwsky (Yorkton) and Kyren Gronick (Regina) just to name a few!
Manitoba Lightning – The Lightning may be in a bit tough this tournament. Jayden Michaels is a player to keep an eye on according to our 04 Manitoba scout.
Havoc Elite – Another of the favorites to win the tournament. The Havoc Elite are strong at every position and are made up of many of the top Calgary prospects. Nicholas Jones anchors the goaltending duties and is regarded as one of the top 04 goalies in Western Canada. Defensively, Joah Morberg, high ranked CJ Symanczyk anchor the blueline. Up front, Rieger Lorenz, Aiden Fink and Marshall Finnie (Lethbridge) are a few players to watch closely.
Shock – Not a lot of high end prospects at this point on the roster but a couple to consider are Ethan Look (Calgary) and Jackson Rowland (Calgary).
Okanagan Lakers – The Lakers are another strong team who has been very good this spring. Both Erik Roest and Rocco Stolz have been very solid tenders. Tyson Jugnauth and Layton Feist good defensively and up front Koehn Zimmer is a very high scoring forward and is helped by Jarred Feist, Carter Streek (Kamloops) and first round ranked Hayden Smith.
**Action will begin bright and early Friday morning. Follow @WEHPScout for the latest updates and watch the website as well throughout the weekend!