The Calgary Stampede Challenge perhaps isn't what it was in regards to overall elite talent, but this year's event still has many top picks and a handful of potential top 2 rounders. The Alaskan Ice Dogs feature primarily Alberta players and mostly all from Southern Alberta. However, there are a handful of other talent players such as; Nolan Walker from Alaska, whom we interviewed in a recent newsletter.
At this point the Alaska Ice Dogs are dominating as expected, they are currently 3-0-1 and have scored 37 goals. First round rated prospect Parker Aucoin and Matthew Phillips who is having a tremendous spring hockey season lead with 7 goals. 1999 born Kyle Olson continues to show why he'll be a high pick in 2014 as he is one of four players with 10 points or more which include the aforementioned Aucoin, Phillips along with Jordan Taupert. Taupert has 5 goals and 11 points and really shows lots of skill and plays bigger than his size.
The Green Machine, Foothills Elite and 98 Nationals all have several prospects who are currently in our rankings. Kolby Johnson, who is from Saskatchewan is a big 6'2 inch power forward who will be watched very closely next season and is doing well at the tournament. His team-mates from the Green Machine; Skyler Mckenzie who played last year on a very good Sherwood Park squad is a smallish forward with skill and Conner Kendall is showing well too. Kendall played last season in the Calgary AA league within the Royals organization and he showed add some scoring to the AAA's this year. The Foothills Elite have several of the other top Calgary and area players such as high scoring prospect Brayden Dunn, towering defenseman Kyle Yewchuk, talented offensive Airdrie forward Jordan McConnell. Goaltenders Hunter Virostek of the Green Machine has showed very well. Virostek played with the Foothills Bisons of the SCAHL last season. Another goalie who has shown well is Riley McVeigh from the Nationals.
The final will go tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 Calgary time.
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