The best of the best in national junior ‘A’ hockey included a 17-year-old defenceman from the Prince George Spruce Kings.
Layton Ahac recorded a goal and an assist Tuesday night (Jan. 22) in the annual East-West showdown, known as the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) Prospects Game, helping Team West to a 5-2 victory.
The North Vancouver, B.C. product was honoured as the Team West MVP of the game, which took place in Okotoks, Alberta, catching the attention of several members of the hockey world.
#CJHL: Team West takes a 2-1 lead after a pretty passing by in open ice by RW Kevin Wall (@PennStateMHKY) & LW Quinn Olson (@UMDMensHockey), with the finish from LHD Layton Ahac (@OhioStateMHKY) pic.twitter.com/HGoD5nOGWo— Steve Kournianos (@TheDraftAnalyst) January 23, 2019
Team West was loaded last night, with Layton Ahac, Dylan Holloway, Luke Bast, Alex Campbell, Alex Newhook, Harrison Blaisdell and Ethan Leyh. Ahac led the way with three points. #NHLDraft— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisNHL) January 23, 2019
Wasn't able to make the drive down to Okotoks tonight for the CJHL Top Prospects Game, but watching online the players I've liked the most so far through two periods: Layton Ahac, Alexander Campbell, Harrison Blaisdell and Jeremie Bucheler. Alex Newhook has had some flashes— Derek Neumeier (@Derek_N_NHL) January 23, 2019
The B.C. Hockey League (BCHL) is one of 10 leagues associated with the CJHL and was represented by 10 other players in the game.
Ahac represented Canada earlier this season at the World Junior ‘A’ Challenge.
He has 49 points in almost 100 career games with Prince George thus far and has also committed to play at Ohio State University in NCAA Division One.
The Spruce Kings are back in action this weekend, beginning a four-game homestand Friday (Jan. 25) and Saturday (Jan. 26) at the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena (RMCA) against the Coquitlam Express.