At almost a point per game in his rookie campaign, it was no surprise that Chrystopher Collin (Bois De Fillion, QC) was going to get a good look when it came to the Canada West selection camp.
But it was his play in the four day tryout that has the coaching staff and scouts taking notice, as the rookie was one of two SJHLer’s to make Canada West and play in the World Junior A Challenge beginning December 10th in Truro, NS.
“He has been really impressive this week,” said Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan, who also serves as the Canada West Head Coach.
Collin joins the Battleford’s North Stars defenseman Levi Kleiboer on the team made up of teams from the five western CJHL leagues. 15 are the BCHL, 4 from AJHL and 1 from the MJHL.
“All of these players are gifted when it comes to scoring,” said Reagan, “but the coaching staff and selection committee look at what you can do away from the puck, your back checking, forechecking, finishing your checks, and Chris has done all of that in the ice sessions and games. He has made this team on his own merit, it has nothing to do with the fact I coach him during the season.”
Collin sits second on the team in scoring and tied for second overall in rookie scoring with 23 points (14g, 9a).
“Chris has turned a lot of heads down here and has drawn a lot of attention from the NCAA scouts,” added Reagan.
Canada West opens up the tournament on December 10th when they take on the Czech Republic.