Richmond Major Midgets get all-star nod
Two Richmond players, both members of the Greater Vancouver Canadians, have been selected to play in the 2013 BC Hockey Major Midget League All-Star Game Jan. 18 at the Langley Events Centre.
Forward Glenn Gawdin, who leads the Canadians in scoring with 26 points in 20 games, and defenceman Shaun Dosanjh (seven points in 19 games) were among the 42 players from the 11-team provincial league to be invited. Players were evaluated on their on-ice and off-ice performance by an all-star game selection committee.
A graduate of the Seafair Minor Hockey Association, Gawdin is playing his first year of Midget hockey this season. The six foot, 171 pound forward was a first-round pick of the Swift Current Broncos (fifth overall) in last spring’s Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. a six foot, 188-pounder, Dosanjh’s WHL rights are held by the Vancouver Giants who selected him in the 2011 Bantam Draft. This is Dosanjh’s second season playing for the Canadians.
Among notable graduates of the Major Midget League who played in the all-star game are Griffin Reinhardt of the Edmonton Oil Kings (Team Blue in 2010), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the NHL Edmonton Oilers (Team White in 2009), Bretty Connolly of the Tampa Bay Lightning (Team White in 2008) and Evander Kane of the Winnipeg Jets (Team White in 2007).
The Major Midget league was established in 2004 to provide elite 15- to 17-year-olds the opportunity to play within their own age group a high level while developing their skills to play at the next level.