Four Islanders to represent the province

DARTMOUTH: Twenty players from Nova Scotia will have an opportunity to compete against eastern Canada’s top prospects this month.

Hockey Nova Scotia announced the roster that will represent the province at the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Excellence Challenge in Boisbriand, Quebec later this month. The tournament runs from April 26-29 at the Centre d’Excellence Sports Rousseau.

Hockey Nova Scotia’s team is made up of two goaltenders, six defencemen and twelve forwards from across the province.

The team has a considerable number of players from the Cape Breton West Islanders in the lineup, as two blueliners and two forwards will be joining the Nova Scotia contingent.

Defensemen Neil MacLean and Del Welton were named to the team, as was the case with forwards Chase Ellis and Matthew Ellis.

Team Nova Scotia will be led by head coach Andre Lefebvre (head coach, Valley Wildcats, Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League (NSMMHL), and assistant coaches Kyle MacLennan (head coach, Weeks Major Midgets, NSMMHL) and Paul Hunt (head coach, South Short Mustangs, NSMMHL).

The QMJHL Excellence Challenge is an annual tournament that features six teams from Quebec (two teams), New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nova Scotia. More than one hundred of the top prospects from the region will take part in the event which scouts will use as an evaluation tool ahead of the 2018 QMJHL Entry Draft.

Hockey Nova Scotia would like to wish the players and team staff the best of luck at this year’s QMJHL Excellence Challenge.