The Western Hockey League announced the rosters for the 2017 WHL Cup on Wednesday and several notable names to the Cranbrook area were included.
The WHL Cup, which was formerly known as the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, features the highest-rated young hockey players in the under-16 age category from the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Connor McClennon, the Kootenay Ice’s second overall pick in the 2017 Bantam Draft, will be a forward for Team Alberta, along with fellow prospect Jake Sanderson, a defenceman who was a fourth-round Ice selection.
2017 third-round pick, forward James Form, will play for Saskatchewan, along with fifth-rounder Brett Fogg, a defenceman.
In addition to the Ice players, locally raised forward Wyatt Marlow will play for Team BC.
Marlow, who is from Cranbrook and was a tenth round selection in the WHL draft by the Swift Current Broncos, who made the cut for Team BC, is currently playing in the CSSHL for the Okanagan Hockey Academy White Prep team.
With seven points in five games this season, Marlow impressed significantly enough to make the cut for Team BC.
Last year, Ice forward Peyton Krebs led Team Alberta to the tournament championship title while playing alongside fellow prospect Nolan Orzeck and Cranbrook product Bowen Byram.
This year’s WHL Cup will take place from Wednesday, October 18 to Sunday, October 22 at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, Alberta.