Chilliwack Minor Hockey star to battle for Team BC spot

Jason Bowen is one of 44 players invited to a BC Hockey high-performance camp in July.

Chilliwack Minor Hockey product Jason Bowen has been invited to BC Hockey’s U-16 provincial camp, running July 13-17 in Shawnigan Lake.

One of 44 players receiving an invite, Bowen was selected based on his performance at the U-16 BC Cup, a showcase tournament that was held in Salmon Arm in late April.

This next step for Bowen will see him participate in four days of on and off-ice activities on the Shawnigan Lake School campus. He’ll skate in a nearly-new arena that was opened in 2014 and hosted a rookie camp for the National Hockey League’s Vancouver Canucks.

A strong showing in Shawnigan Lake could catapult Bowen on to the 2016 Western Branch Challenge.

Twenty players will be picked to represent BC against Team Alberta, Team Saskatchewan and Team Manitoba.

BC Hockey’s Male High Performance Program was designed to help Bowen and other standouts compete provincially, regionally, nationally and internationally with the ultimate goal being selected to Hockey Canada’s national junior or national senior team.

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