Penticton Vees alumni defenceman Jonny Tychonick and forward Luke Loheit have been invited to World Junior Summer Camps for Team Canada and Team USA, respectively.
Tychonick, from Calgary, played two seasons with the Vees from 2016-18, playing 96 games while scoring 12 goals and adding 70 assists. He was a member of the 2017 Fred Page Cup championship team.
The 2000-born defenceman represented Canada twice during each of his seasons in Penticton, at the World Under-17 Hockey Championships and World Junior A Challenge in both years, and at the Under-18 World Championships during the 17-18 season.
Tychonick helped Team Canada West to a gold medal at the WJAC while being named an assistant captain in 2017-18. He was drafted 48th overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Tychonick then graduated from the Vees to the University of North Dakota.
Loheit, from Minnetonka, Minn., came to Penticton for the 2018-19 season and scored eight goals and 16 assists in 43 games. He was also drafted by the Ottawa Senators in 2018, 194th overall.
He moves on to the NCAA ranks to play for the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs starting next season.
Both players will attend the camp in Plymouth, Michigan from July 26 to Aug. 3, vying for spots on their respective World Junior Championship teams. This year’s event is being held in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic and runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5.
NHL ENTRY DRAFT: Up to 11 BCHL players could be selected in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft today and Saturday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
Ten players made the cut on NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings released in April.
Leading the way is forward Alex Newhook of the Victoria Grizzlies, rated No. 13 among North American skaters by CS. The St. John’s, Nfld. native won the BCHL scoring title and MVP honours this past season.
Newhook became the first BCHL player to crack the 100-point milestone since 2015-16 when he racked up eight points in his final game of the season to reach 102. He also played for Team Canada at the U18 World Championships in April where he tied for the team lead in scoring with 10 points in seven games. He’s committed to Boston College next season.
Most projections have Newhook in the 10-15 range of the first round.
Other players who could be drafted and their CS rankings are as follows:
43 Alexander Campbell (F), Victoria
62 Layton Ahac (D), Prince George Spruce Kings.
80 Harrison Blaisdell (F), Chilliwack Chiefs
84 Massimo Rizzo (F), Penticton
114 Jeremie Bucheler (D), Victoria
124 Kevin Wall (F), Chilliwack Chiefs
157 Carter Berger (D), Victoria Grizzlies
167 Ethan Leyh (F), Langley Rivermen
212 Mason Snell (D), Penticton
Defenceman Nick Bochen of Prince George is unranked but a late-season surge is expected to garner him consideration as a late-round pick in the draft.