Steelers sign four from tryout camp

Successful evaluation camp has coaches hopeful of good season ahead in the Pacific junior B hockey league

The Grandview Steelers held a successful evaluation junior hockey camp at the Burnaby Winter Club last weekend.

The junior B Steelers signed four players from the Pacific Junior Hockey League tryout camp, including Jeff Wong, a 6-1, 190-pound forward from the B.C. major midget champion Northeast Chiefs.

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Grandview also inked Valley West Hawks defenceman Cole McEwen and forward Mike Warkentin from the Yale high school hockey academy. Twenty-year-old Matthew Hill also expressed interest in coming back to the Lower Mainland to finish off his junior hockey after a career in the Kootenay league.

The Steelers expect the upcoming junior B hockey season to be a successful one - Jennifer Gauthier

Wong scored 10 goals and added 13 assists for the Chiefs during the regular season. He also garnered six points, including a pair of goals, in six playoff games.

McEwen, a 6-0 195-pound blueliner had a goal and 10 helpers and 106 minutes in penalties for the Fraser Valley major midget Hawks.

“I’d probably say, it will be our best team in five or six years,” said Steelers assistant coach John McDade.

The Steelers expect two of their top forwards from last season, Timothy Chow and Adam Rota, back this year, along with 6-5 D-man Lucas Mercer.

Goalies Nicholas Anderson and Cole MacInnes will also give Grandview a solid base from which to build a contending team around, said McDade.

“It’s our job to find the players to complement them,” said McDade. “We’re pretty excited about the team this year.”

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