On the same day that one of the all-time great Broncos was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, a current star who could be a future great received quite an honour. Broncos Captain Adam Lowry was named Team WHL Captain for Game 6 of the Subway Super Series.
Team WHL includes several great leaders and other captains of their respective teams. The honour says a lot about the way Lowry is viewed on and off the ice. It also puts more of a spotlight on him as he tries to impress Hockey Canada brass enough to get an invite to the World Junior camp.
One fun note about Thursday’s game is that Lowry will get to play it in front of his father’s new home. Dave Lowry is now the head coach of the Victory Royals and Thursday’s game is in Victory.
Another change is that Broncos forward Graham Black will get to play in both tomorrow’s game in Vancouver and Thursday’s game in Victoria. Initially Lowry was going to play in both and Black would only play on Thursday, but injuries have opened the door for Black to play twice as well. That’s an extra opportunity for Black to make an impact with scouts and turn enough heads to maybe get the call to the World Junior camp as well.
I think you almost have to see the way Black’s speed can impact a game up close to really appreciate it. Now a wider audience will get a chance to focus in on what he and Lowry can bring to the table against a stacked Russian team that has split their first four games of the series against OHL and QMJHL teams.
How good a chance to the Broncos have of getting Hockey Canada’s attention? Lowry certainly has been on the radar probably longer than Black, but both earned their way to the Super Series and could force Canada’s scouts to take a second look at them with strong games. There aren’t too many nights when Lowry and Black don’t bring it, but the competition is incredibly tough to even earn an invite to that team’s camp. Either way it’s a terrific test and a very good experience for both guys.
Both games are on Sportsnet so you can watch Lowry and Black in action against the Russians.