Eli Jarvis and Lane Van De Wetering of Quesnel have been selected to move on to the U17 BC Cup.
Jarvis and Van De Wetering are two of only 120 U17 hockey players chosen from across B.C. to participate in the annual BC Cup.
“I’m just working hard trying to make the team,” a modest Jarvis said at the North District camp in Prince George, April 8 – 10.
Part of the fun in participating in the North district camp was getting to watch and play with some of the best hockey players in the north, Jarvis said.
Jarvis pointed to several Cariboo Cougar teammates, including linemate Chase Witala.
Jarvis’ selection to attend the North District U17 camp was well deserved as the 16-year-old forward collected 15 goals and 19 assists in 40 games in his first season with the major midget Cougars.
“It was a lot of fun,” Jarvis said.
“I made some good friends that will last a lifetime.”
Playing with the Cougars, Jarvis said, also afforded him an opportunity to improve his skills as a hockey player and to learn from older players.
The pace of the game was also an adjustment Jarvis said he had to make in the early days of the season with the Cougars.
Jarvis’ performance with the Cougars not only impressed BC Hockey scouts, but also the Quesnel Millionaires coaching staff.
With the injury bug going through the Mills dressing room late in the season, Jarvis was called in to fill in for a game.
“I haven’t decided yet,” Jarvis said of where he will play for the 2011-2012 season.
“I have a lot of options, but I haven’t made any commitments yet.”
The pace of the game at the U17 North District camp is something that also crept up on Van De Wetering, but he appreciated the faster pace of play and enjoyed playing with the cream of the crop of northern B.C. hockey players.
A Grade 10 student at Correlieu senior secondary school, Van De Wetering is not new to the BC Hockey camps having participated in the U16 camp last year.
From that experience he knows exactly what he has to do to impress the coaches.
“I’m going to have to work hard and be a two-way player,” Van De Wetering said of what he would have to do to make the BC Cup roster.
Both of those elements are already part of Van De Wetering’s game and he admits there is one aspect he needs to work on, something coaches have been telling him for some time.
“All my coaches tell me I should shoot more,” Van De Wetering said with a sheepish grin.
“I guess I try to pass too much.”
At 15 Van De Wetering is still in the early stages of a hockey career, but his goal is to make it to the NHL and it doesn’t matter which team.
“I just want to play hockey,” he said.