By Peter Kung
Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Cougars added a rookie defenseman after signing 16-year old Dysin Mayo, a third round (57th overall) draft pick of the Edmonton Oil Kings during the 2011 Western Hockey League bantam draft.
“We are pulling for Dysin to make the Oil Kings this season,” Cougars head coach Mark Van Helvoirt said. “Edmonton is a great organization with a good track record for developing elite young defensemen.”
Case in point as Griffin Reinhart was selected fourth overall by the New York Islanders at this year’s National Hockey League entry draft. Last year, Keegan Lowe was chosen by the Carolina Hurricanes in the third round while in 2010, Mark Pysyk was selected 23rd overall by the Buffalo Sabres.
Mayo, who is an excellent defender with tremendous offensive upside, was recently in Kamloops, British Columbia competing for a spot on Team Pacific.
Team Pacific, along with Team West, Team Ontario, Team Quebec, Team Atlantic, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, and the United States, will all compete at Hockey Canada’s World U17 Hockey Challenge to be held in Drummondville and Victoriaville, QC from December 28, 2012 to January 4, 2013.
The roster for Team Pacific will not be announced until November.
“Dysin is mature beyond his age. With his skill and determination, I feel that he has a shot at cracking the Oil Kings lineup this season,” Cougars assistant coach Suneil Karod praised.
However, if Mayo does not make the cut, the gifted rearguard will be showcasing his talents with the defending league champion Cougars.
“We look forward to working with Dysin to develop his game. Not only is he a great young player, he is also a first rate person,” Van Helvoirt said. “We are so pleased that he has committed to our program.”
Mayo, who stands 6’0 and weighs in at 170 lb., has spent the past two seasons at the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy in Kelowna, BC playing for their top Midget team.