First-overall selection Stelio Mattheos and Brandonite Connor Gutenberg lead a group of four players chosen by the Brandon Wheat Kings in this year’s Western Hockey League bantam draft who have been invited to Hockey Manitoba’s Program of Excellence under-16 development camp this summer in Winnipeg.
Mattheos and Gutenberg will be joined by fellow forwards James McIsaac and Leif Mattson, who were also chosen by Brandon in the draft, along with goalie Justin Klassen.
Joining Gutenberg as Westman athletes going to the 31-player camp, set for July 9-11 and Aug. 14-16, are defencemen Sam Huston of Brandon, Cody Thompson of Killarney and Josh Brook of Roblin, forward Brian Harris of Wawanesa and netminder Rylan Rommelaere of Boissevain.
Killarney native Wayne Bartley is the head coach of the team, which will compete in the 2015 Canada Winter Games, beginning Feb. 21 in Prince George, B.C.
Meanwhile, the provincial under-18 girls’ team is down to 28 players going into the development camp, which will be held July 8 and 9 as well as Aug. 26 and 27.
Westman players who will take part in the camp are goalie Kristen Campbell of Brandon, defencemen Jalyn Elmes of Brandon, Melissa Hunt of Hartney, Tamara McVannel of MacGregor and Jenai Buchanan of Crystal City and forwards Jaedon Cooke of Brandon, Ashton Bell of Deloraine, Jaycee Magwood of Killarney and Sheridan Oswald of MacGregor.
The U-18 team will also play in the Canada Games, with their competition to begin Feb. 14.
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