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Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals today announced that prospects Eric Florchuk, Matthew Smith and Grady Hobbs will represent Team Alberta, Team Saskatchewan and Team Manitoba respectively at the 2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup.

The annual event which is in its fifth year, will take place from October 28th to November 1st at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, AB. The tournament is a round robin format and consists of the four provincial under-16 teams from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.



Florchuk, a native of Fort Saskatchewan, AB was the Royals’ first pick, 13th overall in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. Florchuk was signed by Victoria to a WHL Standard Player Agreement in August of this year.

The 5-10, 140 lb centre is currently playing for the Fort Saskatchewan Boston Pizza Rangers of the Alberta AAA Midget Hockey League.



Smith a 5-10, 130 lb defender was selected in the seventh round, 145th overall by the Royals in the WHL Bantam Draft this past May.

The product of Saskatoon, SK is skating for the Saskatoon Blazers of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League.


A native of Deloraine, MB, Hobbs was drafted by the Royals with their second pick of the fifth round, 102nd overall in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.

The 5-8, 167 lb winger is playing for the Southwest Cougars of the Manitoba Midget AAA Hockey League.