Elite hockey prospects playing in Langley

Team USA pre-tournament game brings Quinn and Jack Hughes

The Vancouver Canucks best prospect not in the NHL, and his brother who is projected to be drafted first overall in the coming NHL entry draft, will both be playing at the Langley Events Centre on Saturday.

Brothers Quinn and Jack Hughes are stars on the roster for Team USA’s entry in the IIHF 2019 World Junior Championship, and they will be in an pre-tourney exhibition game against the Czech Republic at 7 p.m.

The World Junior Championship gets underway Dec. 26, with the gold-medal game set for Jan. 5. The annual under-20 tournament is being held at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena and Victoria’s Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre.

Defenceman Quinn, who plays for the University of Michigan, was picked seventh overall last June by the Canucks.

The American team also features another Canuck prospect, forward Tyler Madden, a third-round pick in 2018.

Twenty-five of the U.S. players have been drafted or signed into the NHL, while 16 members of the Czech Republic have also been drafted.

Finland battles Denmark on Wednesday (Dec. 19) at 7 p.m.

The Finish roster includes highly-touted forward prospect Kaapo Kakko, who is currently ranked second for the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

Also aiming to crack the Finnish roster is Vancouver Canucks draft pick Toni Utunen. The defenceman was a fifth-round pick of the Canucks in 2018.

A dozen games in nine different communities are being held from Dec. 19-23, as the 10 competing teams get a few last looks at their respective players before finalizing their rosters ahead of the tourney.

“This series of exhibition games will give thousands of British Columbians the opportunity to see top notch international junior hockey in their home communities,” said Lisa Beare, minister of tourism, arts can culture. “The Province of British Columbia is committed to hosting events like these to help inspire more people to get physically active and to boost local businesses.”

Tickets are available in two-game packs or individually. Click here for game one and here for game two.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

8-year-old Maple Ridge actor up for pair of national awards

Bentley Storteboom is nominated for Joey awards in commercial and film acting

Thanksgiving food drive nets new record for Maple Ridge food bank

More than 15,000 pounds, (6,800 kilograms), collected

Riders slow in returning to West Coast Express

TransLink bus ridership at 43 per cent of pre-COVID levels

CRIME STOPPERS: ‘Most wanted’ for the week of Sept. 27

Crime Stoppers’ weekly list based on information provided by police investigators

Racist, homophobic graffiti prominent in downtown Maple Ridge

City councillors up late removing hateful message

105 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death as health officials urge B.C. to remember safety protocols

There are currently 1268 active cases, with 3,337 people under public health monitoring

U.S. Presidential Debate Takeaways: An acrid tone from the opening minute

Here are key takeaways from the first of three scheduled presidential debates before Election Day on Nov. 3

Another death as COVID-19 outbreak at Delta Hospital climbs to 18 cases

Total of 12 patients and six staff in one unit have tested positive for COVID-19: Fraser Health

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

B.C. nurses report rise in depression, anxiety, exhaustion due to pandemic

A new UBC study looks into how the COVID-19 response has impacted frontline nurses

National child-care plan could help Canada rebound from COVID-induced economic crisis: prof

A $2 billion investment this year could help parents during second wave of pandemic

Search suspended for Indigenous elder last seen mushroom picking in northwest B.C.

Mushroom picker Thomas (Tommy) Dennis has been missing since Sept. 16

16 MLAs retiring from B.C. politics add up to $20M in pensions: Taxpayers Federation

Taxpayers pay $4 for every dollar MLAs contribute to their pensions

Most Read