Our Selects program has proved to be one of the most successful avenues for young hockey players to improve their skills, compete at the highest level and further their playing careers while offering world-class experiences to the athletes and their families. Countless Selects alumni have gone on to accomplish great feats both on and off the ice, and with our new Selects Spotlight, we look to promote those players and their success stories.
Defenseman Blake Heward had a busy spring skating with our Western Canada Selects.
At the World U-15 Championships at the World Selects Invitational in Philadelphia, Heward helped W-CAN to the tournament semifinals and was drafted by the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League all in the same weekend.
Playing for W-CAN coaches Serge Lajoie and Mike Sillinger, Heward’s time with Selects was both memorable and pivotal in his developmental process. Sillinger played in the NHL for 17 seasons and Lajoie was just named head coach of the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers, offering a wealth of hockey knowledge to Heward and his W-CAN teammates at this year’s WSI.
While the coaches carried a ton of experience, the players were rich with talent as 16 of the 17 players on the roster were chosen in the 2018 WHL bantam draft including Heward with the 153rd overall pick in the seventh round.
The Regina, Saskatchewan, native has had plenty of influence on his game from former pros like Sillinger and high-level coaches like Lajoie but none have been more important than his father. Jamie Heward, a former first-round NHL draft pick who played 16 seasons of professional hockey, has had the biggest impact on Blake’s development both on and off the ice.
At 14-years-old, Heward’s time with Selects may be coming to an end this year but his promising hockey career is certain to carry him on to bigger things in the future.
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