Melfort Mustangs forward Dakota Boutin was one of 60 players invited to the World Junior A Challenge Team Canada West Selection Camp.
Boutin was grateful to be among the select few chosen.
“It is a huge honour to be one 60 players invited in Western Canada. It’s a huge honour and hopefully I can crack the lineup,” Boutin said.
“There is a lot of guys going and all of the guys going are top players on their teams,” Boutin said.
As of November 30 Boutin, an 18-year-old from Moosomin, has 32 points and 81 penalty minutes in 26 games for the Mustangs.
“There is 60 guys all trying for the same spot, so it is hard,” he explained.
After learning he was selected on Thursday Boutin had three goals and three assists over his next two games in Battleford and Kindersley.
“It lit a fire under me that is for sure,” Boutin said.
The Selection Camp is scheduled for December 5 to 8 in Leduc, Alberta and will have 60 players vying for 22 spots on Team Canada West’s World Junior A Challenge roster.
Boutin was one of eight SJHL players selected for the camp and one of three forwards along with Reed Delainey and Layne Young from the Battlefords.
Zac Robidoux from the Flin Flon Bombers is the lone SJHL goalie to get a shot at making the team.
Defenseman selected include Connor Sych from the North Stars, Mike Eskra from the Weyburn Red Wings, Regan Seiferling from the Yorkton Terriers and Evan Werle from the Notre Dame Hounds.
Mustangs alumni who have played in the World Junior A Challenge include defensemen Lee Christensen and Tommy Brown in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
The World Junior A Challenge will be on Dec. 13 to 19 at the Cobourg Community Centre in Cobourg and the Iroquois Park Sports Centre in Whitby, Ontario.
By Michael Oleksyn, The Melfort Journal