A street hockey team made up of Shuswap talent will be facing off at a national championship with big money up for grabs this fall, after winning a regional tournament in Kelowna in June.
The seven-member street hockey team, The Hitmen, includes five players from the Lac la Hache Tomahawks of the Central Interior Hockey League: Wilfred Robbins, Jordan Sellars, Willie Sellars, Francis Johnson and Donavan Nicholas. Gil Duncan and Tim Evans are also members of the Hitmen.
The boys won the elite men’s division at a Hockey Night in Canada Play On! event in Kelowna, going unbeaten in six games, June 20-21.
Play On! are 4-on-4 street hockey festivals held all over the country that offer both recreational and competitive tournament divisions.
Nationals are in Lethbridge, Alberta, Oct. 1-3.
The local squad has been trying to win and qualify at regional tournaments for a number of years, and they’re excited to have won a national spot for the first time, says goalie Willie Sellars.
In 2014, prizes for the Elite Division National Championship totalled $40,000 with a first prize of $25,000 to the winning team.