Hockey Manitoba announced the U-16 roster for the upcoming 2019 WHL Cup on Friday, featuring Spokane Chiefs prospect Carson Buydens.
Buydens, a forward selected by the Chiefs with the team’s 7th-round pick (147th overall) out of Gladstone, Manitoba. In 34 games for the Central Plains Capitals, he flashed a well-rounded game, totaling 46 points (25G-21A).
Team Manitoba’s roster was finalized on Friday following Hockey Manitoba’s Program of Excellence Top-40 Camps which took place in Portage la Prairie from May 9-14. Athletes took part in practices, team-building activities and inter-squad exhibition games which were evaluated by the program coaching staffs leading to the final roster selections.
Fellow Chiefs prospect Michael Cicek also participated in the tryout camp; however he was not selected to be a part of Team Manitoba’s final roster.
The WHL Cup, formerly known as the Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup, takes place in October of each year and features the top under-16 players from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The four-team round robin tournament format is the first step in the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence and assists the four Western Provincial Hockey Associations in evaluating top prospects of the age group for future high performance programs. Chiefs Assistant Head Coach Scott Burt will serve as Team British Columbia’s head coach.