Delta Hockey Academy Girls Prep standout Katie Chan will be in Team BC colours once again and this time will be representing her province at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer come February.
She was among 20 named to the U18 Team BC roster on Sunday following the final three-day selection camp in Penticton.
Chan, 15, is back for her second year with Team BC after being the youngest player in the tournament at the 2017 U18 Nationals last November where BC earned bronze.
The high-scoring forward developed her game with Seafair Minor and the Richmond Ravens before heading to the Fraser Valley Rush of the B.C. Female Midget AAA League last season. Now she has taken her career to DHA and currently leads the Wild’s Girls Prep Team in scoring with 25 points in 17 games, including 13 goals. She has already made a verbal commitment to Colgate University in New York.
Chan is also a standout basketball player who was a tournament all-star in helping the Steveston-London Sharks win the Grade 9 provincial title last March. She was hoping to play for South Delta’s junior team this season but must sit out her Grade 10 year according to a ruling by B.C. School Sports regarding student transfers.
Kelowna’s Sarah Paul is the only other 2003-born player on the Team BC roster.
The roster was finalized following an extensive tryout process that included the BC Cup last spring and a week-long provincial camp at Shawnigan Lake. DHA’s Jessica Soon and Aimee Brucker were also shortlisted for the team.
“We are very proud of this group of talented young hockey players and look forward to watching them represent BC on the national stage,” said BC Hockey Chief Executive Officer, Barry Petrachenko. “The coaching staff and evaluators have done an exceptional job in selecting the team and preparing Team BC to meet the challenges of a multi-sport event like the Canada Winter Games.”
Team BC kicks off the 2019 Canada Winter Games on Feb. 24 against Alberta. Team BC will also face Ontario and Nova Scotia in preliminary play prior to the quarter-finals that start on Feb. 28 Hockey will be played at the downtown and Kinex Arenas along with the Centrium in Red Deer.
British Columbia had their highest finish ever, winning the silver medal in 1991. BC finished sixth at the last Canada Winter Games held in Prince George, BC in 2015.
Earlier, DHA’s Keegan Maddocks (Langley), Jack O’Brien (Surrey) and forward Carson Latimer (Surrey) were named to the BC U16 team headed to Red Deer.