Eight Surrey teens have been tagged for possible selection to represent British Columbia in prestigious hockey competitions in November.
Six Surrey boys made the short list for the Team B.C. Under-16 squad while two local girls have made the grade to play for the Female Team B.C. U-18 entry.
The U-16 list includes defenceman Parker Wotherspoon and forwards Matthew Brady, Jake Fletcher, Cole Plotnikoff, Tyler Soy and Jakob Stukel.
The players will continue to be evaluated by the coaching staff over the coming months, with a final roster to be announced in October.
Team B.C. will be competing in the 2012 Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup Nov. 1 to 4 in Calgary.
Sponsored by the Western Hockey League, the Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup is a round robin format tournament featuring teams from the four western provinces. The final game is determined based on the round robin standings.
Meanwhile, defender Stephanie Payne and forward Mackenzie Wong earned their places on the Female Team B.C. U-18 squad after a unique summer development camp in July. The camp, held in Salmon Arm, had the squad training with the National Kazakhstan women's team.
A total of 24 players were invited to the camp and the team was selected following the final game. Team B.C. won the first game of the camp 2-1 before falling 5-1 and 4-2 in the final two contests.
The Team B.C. members will be heading north for their next big competition when they lace up their skates at the 2012 U-18 National Women's Championship, running from Nov. 7 to 12 in Dawson Creek.