Clockwise from upper left: Midgets Robert Cahill and Samantha Dutcyvich

Clockwise from upper left: Midgets Robert Cahill and Samantha Dutcyvich

Local skaters tabbed for BC Cup hockey tournaments

Cahill, Dutcyvich, McCarrick and Rosback will compete in BC Hockey's elite-level program

Four North Island hockey players caught the attention of scouts in training camps and have been selected to play in the upcoming BC Cup Hockey Challenge.

Thor Rosback, a defenseman from Port McNeill, and Robert Cahill, a forward from Port Hardy both earned spots to the select U-17 tournament in tryouts at Lake Cowichan April 8-10. The pair will compete in the U-17 Male BC Cup tournament May 12-15 at the Sunwave Centre in Salmon Arm.

Both players skated for the North Island Eagles midget team in the recently completed season, and Rosback also played several games as an affiliated player for the Junior B Campbell River Storm.

Samantha Dutcyvich, a defender from Port McNeill, earned a spot into the U-18 Female BC Cup Challenge, also at Salmon Arm’s Sunwave Centre, to be held Apr. 27-May 1. Dutcyvich earned her spot as one of 20 players chosen from the zone camp Apr. 2-3 in Nanaimo.

She spent the past season skating for the North Island Extreme, which won the Vancouver Island Female Midget A title and went on to place third in the provincial championships.

Curtis McCarrick a forward from Port Hardy, earned a spot into the Apr. 27-May 1 U-16 Male BC Cup Challenge in Kamloops. McCarrick was the leading goal scorer and co-Player of the Year for the Vancouver Island Tier 3 champion North Island Eagles rep bantams.

Each of the qualifying players will be mixed with skaters from other zones in the jamboree-style tournaments, part of BC Hockey’s High-Performance hockey program. Players in each of the tournaments will be evaluated for possible inclusion in Team BC and Team Pacific tryout camps in future months.