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.
A member of this year’s Pacific Selects, Logan Stankoven played at the World U-15 Championships in Philadelphia, leading the team in scoring with eight goals and 14 points in eight games.
The Pacific Selects are one of the newest branches in the Selects program, opening up opportunities for more young players on the West Coast. This year’s squad featured 18 players primarily from British Columbia and Manitoba, including Stankoven, whose from Kamloops.
During the winter season, the 15-year-old forward skated with Yale Hockey Academy where he scored 57 goals and 90 points in 30 games. Stankoven continued to impress at the World Selects Invitational in May, where 11 other Selects teams competed in the tournament. There, he finished second in the tournament with eight goals and leading the Pacific Selects to a 6-1-0 record before being eliminated in the semifinal round.
His biggest accomplishment of the weekend may have happened away from the rink, though, as the Western Hockey League bantam draft was taking place during the same time as the WSI.
With the fifth overall pick in the bantam draft, the Kamloops Blazers selected the hometown prospect in Stankoven. He would be joined by 15 other Pacific Selects teammates that were also drafted that day, a tremendous success for the newly-established program.
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Stankoven said none of this would be possible without the many sacrifices of his parents who have taken him all over North America to help further his young hockey career. He hopes one day to play in the NHL and knows that in order to do so, it will require a lot of hard work and dedication.
His time with our Selects program hopefully serves as the foundation for many others to follow in Stankoven’s footsteps, as the first-year Pacific Selects was added in addition to our Western Canada Selects team during the Spring of 2018. This allows for more young hockey players to gain exposure to our Selects programs and develops their skills in an area of North America that is rich with talent.