SFU great north showcase

by Elizabeth Moffat

January 2, 2014 (ISN) – The Great Northwest Showcase is less than a week away, and we hope you’re as excited as we are here at SFU. If you weren’t already aware, there’s plenty of reasons to come out to Bill Copeland this weekend.

If the lure of NCAA Division One hockey isn’t enough for you then maybe you’ll be intrigued by the University of North Dakota’s 15 NHL draft picks, or by the chance to see World Juniors Gold medal winner, Rocco Grimaldi play in person.

Still not convinced? We asked our players what they think about their opportunity to take on some NCAA talent.

“Getting the chance to play a couple of the best NCAA programs is a once in a life time opportunity,” said SFU rookie, Josh McKissock. “I think it will be fun for us playing, but also the fans in the community. This sort of competition and level of hockey does not come around very often.”

“It will be a very good experience playing against two very established hockey programs,” explained Kale Wild.

Team captain, Tyler Mah is excited to play against some of North America’s best college hockey talent, “the Showcase games will be some of the biggest games that myself and my teammates have played in our hockey careers.

This clearly won’t just be another hockey game at Bill Copeland. “Playing against Div 1. opponents will be a different style of hockey than a regular SFU game,” Mah explained. “The speed and talent of players at the Division 1 level will make for a fast paced, hard hitting environment. “

“I think it is important to approach these games with confidence,” McKissock continued. “Confidence in ourselves and our systems. We have marked these games on the calendar a long time ago and have been trying to prepare for them ever since. I think success will come from performing with a high level of execution and simply how bad we want to win.”

There’s also plenty of old rivals and teammates to see again. The Princeton game gives Wild an opportunity to play against Andrew Calof and Eric Carlson who he played with and against in minor and junior.

The second annual Great Northwest Showcase takes place January 3rd and 4th. For the full schedule and to purchase tickets visit www.greatnorthwestshowcase.com