It was a good showing for Swift Current Broncos prospects at the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup. 5th overall 2012 WHL Bantam Draft pick Glenn Gawdin led the way with 3 goals and 4 assists in 4 games to help win Team BC a gold medal. He had 2 assists in their opening shootout win over Alberta, scored twice and was named player of the game against Saskatchewan, was held off the board in a win against Manitoba and came up with a big 3 point night in the 9-3 gold medal game victory against Alberta again.
Gawdin wasn’t the only Broncos prospect to win a player of the game award. Wyatt Sloboshan scored once and had 2 assists in Saskatchewan’s 6-3 opening game win over Manitoba to earn the award. He was then shutout throughout the rest of the tournament. Fellow Saskatchewan product Brandan Arnold had an assist in their second game. Manitoba’s Jackson Keane had 2 assists against Saskatchewan and then won player of the game for his team when he scored in their loss to Alberta.
Defenceman Max Lajoie didn’t get on the scoresheet in the tournament, but did help his Alberta team to the silver medal. Saskatchewan won the bronze 2-1 over Manitoba.
- Gawdin: 3-4-7 (once player of the game)
- Sloboshan: 1-2-3 (once player of the game)
- Keane: 1-2-3 (once player of the game)
- Arnold: 0-1-1
- Lajoie: 0-0-0
Congrats to all five players for doing a tremendous job representing both their provinces and the Broncos at another high quality U16 tournament. It looks like Swift Current could have a lot to look forward to from the 1997 born draft class down the line.