Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Mattheos Off to U17 Challenge

Stelio Mattheos
  Wheat Kings’ rookie forward Stelio Mattheos is on his way to the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

  The tournament in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek, British Columbia doesn’t begin until Sunday, but Mattheos and his Canada-Black teammates will have an exhibition game against Sweden on Friday night.

  “I think we’ve got a pretty good team,” said the 6-foot-1, 194 pound Mattheos on Sunday, “These tournaments are all about who can come together the fastest.  I know that with the coaches that we have, it should be a good tourmament for us.”

  Mattheos is the only current Wheat Kings’ player at the tournament, though the club will have prospects Ian Mitchell and Jarrod Gourley both playing with Canada-White.

  Mitchell has two goals and ten points in 19 games with the Spruce Grove Saints while Gourley, an injury replacement for the tournament, has one goal and one point in nine games with the Brooks Bandits.

  Last year, Nolan Patrick, Kale Clague and Tanner Kaspick all played with separate Canadian teams at the event with each captaining their respective squads.

  “I was asking them what their experiences were, and they all said it’s a great experience,” said Mattheos, “They just said by hungry and enjoy the moment.”

  Mattheos, the first overall pick in the 2014 Bantam Draft, has two goals and seven points in 12 games with the Wheat Kings in his rookie Western Hockey League season.

  The Winnipeg product feels he’s gotten better as the season has progressed.

  “I’m feeling more comfortable, for sure, every game,” said Mattheos, “Just trying to build off each game and work hard in practice and tighten up on mistakes and just try to keep improving.”

  “He’s certainly growing as a player and becoming more comfortable.  As a young player, he’s still finding his way but if you look at his recent body of work, especially on this trip, I think he’s played quite well, “ said Brandon assistant coach David Anning, “His overall game is becoming more responsible, he’s managing the puck better and I think he’s become a factor in the outcome of hockey games.”

  Mattheos is one of 19 Western Hockey League players participating in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

  Among the others is Roblin product Josh Brook of the Moose Jaw Warriors, who has two assists in seven games so far in his rookie season.

Canada Black

D – Nolan Kneen, Kamloops Blazers
D – Scott Walford, Victoria Royals
F – Jake Leschyshyn, Regina Pats
F – Stelio Mattheos, Brandon Wheat Kings
F – Michael Rasmussen, Tri-City Americans
F – Kyle Olson, Tri-City Americans
F – Josh Paterson, Saskatoon Blades
F – Dawson Holt, Vancouver Giants

Canada Red

D – Josh Brook, Moose Jaw Warriors
D – Jonathan Smart, Kelowna Rockets
D – Nick Watson, Lethbridge Hurricanes
F – Cody Glass, Portland Winterhawks
F – Jordan Bellerive, Lethbridge Hurricanes
F – Brendan Semchuk, Vancouver Giants

Canada White

G – Ian Scott, Prince Albert Raiders
F – Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Spokane Chiefs
F – James Hamblin, Medicine Hat Tigers
F – Brett Davis, Lethbridge Hurricanes
F – Hayden Ostir, Spokane Chiefs

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