The roster unveiled on Tuesday by BC Hockey for the Western Canada Under-16 Challenge Cup has a touch of the Tri-Cities.
A trio of local players were among those chosen to compete at the tournament, Oct. 31 to Nov. 4 in Calgary.
Goaltender Brody Willms, defenceman Dante Fabbro and forward Caleb Fantillo are part of a 20-player lineup that will look at defending B.C.’s historic gold medal in 2012 — the first time the province had captured the tourney title.
All three are Coquitlam natives.
Willms is currently minding the net for the Okanagan Hockey Academy midget team, where he posted a 24-5-2 record last year. He is the property of the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League.
Fabbro was the eighth choice overall in last May’s WHL Bantam Draft by the Seattle Thunderbirds. A six-foot-tall blueliner who leads all defencemen in scoring in the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League with the Vancouver Northwest Giants, Fabbro was recently named Hockey NOW’s minor player of the year.
Fantillo is a member of the Coquitlam-based Vancouver Northeast Chiefs of the major midget league.
Last year in bantam, he tallied 50 times and set up 33 others for Coquitlam over 60 games, resulting in him being drafted by Medicine Hat of the WHL.
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