Chiefs dominate tryout-camp roster

The Chilliwack Chiefs will have five skaters in the mix as Canada West holds its World Junior A Challenge selection camp.

Five Chilliwack Chiefs are among 18 BCHL players vying for a spot at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge.

Team Canada West revealed its selection camp roster this week.

The camp will be held Dec. 5–8 at the Leduc Recreation Centre.

Forwards Vimal Sukumaran, Jordan Kawaguchi and Kohen Olischefski are joined by defenceman Dennis Cholowski and goalie Matteo Esposito.

Chilliwack has more candidates than any other BCHL team.

Powell River is sending three.

Penticton, Coquitlam and Langley have two apiece with Salmon Arm, Vernon, Merritt and Surrey supplying singles.

The final team will be selected from players from the BCHL, Alberta Junior Hockey League, Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, Manitoba Junior Hockey League and Superior International Junior Hockey League.

The AJHL is sending the most to the tryout with 24.

Team Canada West has won gold at the WJAC on three occasions, the last being in 2011 in Langley. The United States has claimed gold six times, including the last three years in a row. Only Canada West or the U.S. has ever won the event since its inception in 2006.

The 2015 WJAC will be co-hosted by Whitby and Cobourg, ON. from Dec. 13-19.

Also representing the BCHL on Team Canada West will be league executive director Trevor Alto, who will be the team’s director of operations and Coquitlam Express head coach Barry Wolff, who will be an assistant coach under Tim Fragle.

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