By Tali Cambell
January 4, 2013 – Nanaimo, BC (ISN) – Liam Young, goaltender for the North Island Silvertips recieved the best news any Major Midget player could hear; a phone call from a WHL Team.
Following a heart breaking tournament in Richmond and coming so close to playing in the Gold Medal game, Liam recieved his own gold medal in a sense, two phone calls from Calgary Hitmen scouts saying that they are going to protect him.
Protecting someone in the WHL means that other teams get no compensation. Any team can protect up to 50 players between June 1st to January 10th.
Liam said he was very excited after hearing the news, “I am honored that they have been following me and have taken interest in my play.” Liam who is only 15 years old is playing in his first season with the North Island Silvertips, but prior to that he played for the Nanaimo Bantam Clippers.
Liam’s dream like most hockey players is to play in the WHL and continue from there, but his focus is on his play right now. “I am going to continue to play strong and give the boys a better chance to win.”
The Calgary Hitmen’s Head Scout Dan Bonar likes the fact that he is only 15, and playing Triple AAA Major Midget. “It is very hard to make the jump from AAA to the WHL but Liam has good potential. We are optimistic about his development and believe he wants to do the work needed to get there.”
The Hitmen currently sit in 2nd place in the Central Division with 25 wins, 10 loses and 1 overtime loss.