Kelowna’s Rilen Kovacevic will represent B.C. at the WHL Cup.
The Rockets chose Kovacevic with the team’s 10th-round pick (204 overall) at the WHL draft in May.
Last season, Kovacevic scored 12 goals and 22 assists in 30 games with the Pursuit of Excellence bantam team. This season, the 15-year-old forward has three goals and three assists with the B.C. Major Midge League's Okanagan Rockets.
Kovacevic suited up in one preseason contest with the Rockets this fall.
Kelowna’s Tyson Jugnauth (Swift Current Broncos) is the other local player on Team B.C. He was one of two first-round picks this May for the Broncos. The defenceman has two goals and two assists in five games for the OK Rockets.
Coldstream’s Layton Feist is the third Okanagan rep on Team B.C., the defending WHL Cup champs.
Regina chose Feist in the first round, 17th overall, this spring. His brother, Tyson, is also a Pats’ D-man.
The WHL Cup features the top-rated under-16 players from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Players for Team B.C. were selected based on their performance at a provincial camp July 29 to Aug. 2 and following pre-season evaluations.
The 2019 WHL Cup is to begin on Oct. 23 at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary.
Rockets defenceman Kaeden Korczak was a 2016 WHL Cup all-star representing Saskatchewan.
Kelowna-born Eli Zummack was a 2015 all-star. He now plays for the Spokane Chiefs.
Nick Merkley, playing for Alberta, was a 2012 all-star — a year before the Arizona Coyotes draft pick joined the Rockets.