|Suns shine as all-star selections|
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|Written by Greg Price|
|Wednesday, 04 January 2012 15:54|
Several Suns will be rising on the South Central Alberta Hockey League as the best and brightest will be on hand for the all-star games in Red Deer on Jan. 15.
Seven selections were made all together over the three programs in midget, bantam and peewee with the midget selections chosen by fellow players.
For forwards for the Taber midget â€œAAâ€ Golden Suns, Blake Brett (19GP-7G-7A-30PIM) and Wyatt Macleod (21GP-5G-8A-20PIM) were selected.
â€œThey have been our most consistent forwards. They are pretty similar...very hard working, give everything you got,â€ said Dave Nakamura, head coach of the Taber midget â€œAAâ€ Golden Suns.
Nakamura was checking with doctors on Tuesday to see if defenceman Houston Boschee would be able to make the trip to Red Deer, being out a month with an MCL injury, although the prognosis does not look good. Boscheeâ€™s impact has been missed when heâ€™s been out.
â€œUp until that point (of the injury), he was our best player. Without him, itâ€™s been a huge hole on the back end,â€ said Nakamura, adding Ty Mackenzie will make the trip if Boschee canâ€™t. â€œHe can control a game.â€
Two forwards for the Taber bantam â€œAAâ€ Golden Suns will be making the trek to Red Deer in Dylan Heppler (22GP-15G-9A-36PIM) and Jedd Horvath (20GP-11G-13A-32PIM).
â€œDylan has brought leadership as a second-year guy where we lean on him to lead. He has an offensive side skill set. Itâ€™s not easy to do where weâ€™re not a natural skilled team where the pucks just go in for us.â€
â€œWe have to work hard fr our goals and heâ€™s one of them that does that,â€ said Ryan Fujita, head coach of the Taber bantam â€œAAâ€ Golden Suns.
Fujita added Horvath probably is the most gifted goal scorer the bantam Suns have.
â€œHovering around the net, he usually finds the back of it,â€ said Fujita. â€œFor the most part they both pay attention to both ends of the ice. Itâ€™s a learning process learning to play away from the puck. Itâ€™s always easier to play the game when you have the puck, but itâ€™s a learning process going both ways.â€
Fujita added the selection process for all-stars was a difficult one for the coaching staff, but it came to overall consistency.
Rounding out the Golden Sunsâ€™ all-star selections were Brock Palmer (23GP-15G-21A-10PIM) and Chase Gedny (24GP-18G-18A-20PIM) for the peewee â€œAAâ€ Golden Suns.
â€œBrock has probably been the most consistent go getter game in and game out. I donâ€™t think thereâ€™s been one game where heâ€™â€™s just sat back and watched,â€ said Duane Nevil, head coach of the Taber peewee â€œAAâ€ Golden Suns. â€œThatâ€™s how I picked both of them actually. Guys that have showed up to play most consistently and most dedicated practice wise and work ethic. Their back checking and their defensive game is just as good as their offensive game.â€