Friday, January 18, 2013
Team White scored a decisive 6-2 win over Team Red in the 2013 MML All Star Game that was held at the Langley Events Centre on January 18, 2013. The Vancouver North East Chief’s Colton Kehler (Port Coquitlam, BC) was named the game’s first star.
Team White jumped out to the first period lead with a marker from Liam Blackburn (Prince George, BC), but Team Red responded 20 seconds later with a goal from Cole Todd (North Vancouver, BC). Before the first period was over, Team White regained the lead with a gaol from Brandon Sookro (South Slocan, BC). Team White built their lead to three (3) with goals from Nik Gomerich (Campbell River, BC) and Kehler. Team Red responded with a goal from Braiden Epp (Prince George, BC) to make it a 4-2 game heading into the third period. Team White continued to capitalize on their opportunities and added two (2) more in the final period to make it a 6-2 score.
1. Colton Kehler (Port Coquitlam, BC)
2. Liam Blackburn (Prince George, BC)
3. Brendan Mills (West Kelowna, BC)
The All Star game was part of the second Showcase Weekend with 10 league games played over the weekend. For scores and results, please refer to the Major Midget League Weekend Schedule.
Forty-two players (12 defensemen, 24 forwards and 6 goaltenders) have been selected, with at least one (1) player representing each of the 11 Major Midget League teams. Players were evaluated on their on-ice and off-ice performance by the All Star Game selection committee.
Some notable Major Midget League graduates who have competed in the All Star Game include:
- Griffin Reinhart of the Edmonton Oil Kings (Team Blue 2010)
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers (Team White 2009)
- Brett Connolly of the Tampa Bay Lighting (Team White 2008)
- Evander Kane of the Winnipeg Jets (Team White 2007)
The BC Hockey Major Midget League was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15, 16 and 17 year olds an opportunity to play within their own age group at a high level and be developed for the next level of hockey. These teams have an opportunity each year to compete for the National Midget Championship.