Three members of the Bantam A boys team tried out for Team BC U16 in Lake Cowichan in a camp that took place March 30-April 1.
The boys, Aaron Lott, Joana Philip and Abraham Lamontagne, went up against 120 different players from Vancouver Island.
“This is an amazingly fast-paced three days, that tests both physical and mental aspects of those that tryout,” said coach Kelly Lott through email.
The players went through ice games and team games to test their talents, endurance and character, according to Lott.
He said the three local boys, “all fit in very well with the 120 players and goalies that participated.”
Of the 120 players only 20 were selected, and unfortunately the local boys did not make the cuts.
Although Lott could not speak for the two other players, he said his son, Aaron, was considered for third line shutdown defence centre for the team. Evaluators told him he was cut due to his cold, which caused shortness of breath and coughing.
“Sooke’s young men worked very hard in a crazy weekend of hockey and made a small association very proud,” Lott said. “These young warriors have a bright future in the game.”
Although the boys didn’t make the Team BC U16, they will all be playing spring hockey for the Vancouver Cougar Selects, expected to begin in June.