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Wednesday, 07 November 2012 16:00

Top pick Glenn Gawdin stars at U16 Challenge

Written by  Brad Brown, Broncos' Notebook
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Glenn Gawdin showed Sunday why the Swift Current Broncos made him the fifth overall pick in this year’s WHL Bantam Draft.


Gawdin had a goal and two assists in the gold medal game as B.C. beat Alberta 9-3 to win the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup in Calgary.
He finished the four-day tournament with three goals and four assists to lead all five Broncos prospects in scoring.
The showcase of the top 1997-born players in each province ran Nov. 1 through Sunday.
Saskatchewan beat Manitoba 2-1 earlier Sunday for bronze.
All three Broncos draft picks in the game were held off the scoresheet, but Manitoba’s Jackson Keane (fourth round/73rd overall) and Saskatchewan’s Wyatt Sloboshan (3/54) each had a goal and two assists in the tournament, while Brandan Arnold (7/139) finished with one assist.
Alberta defenceman Maxime Lajoie (5/95) was held scoreless in the tournament.
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Anyone concerned about the effects on the Broncos’ defence, after 17-year-old Bobby Zinkan drew into the lineup for recently-traded 19-year-old Graeme Craig, need not have worried.
Swift Current allowed 32 goals in 11 games before the trade, or 2.91 per game. Since dealing Craig, the Broncos have given up 25 goals in nine games, for a 2.78-per-game average.
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At least one former Bronco is probably feeling like a million bucks right now.
Over-age winger Christian Magnus was released by the Broncos prior to their season opener Sept. 21 and promptly joined up with the SJHL’s Melville Millionaires, where he’s put up 11 points in 14 games to start the season.
And not only is he settled into a comfortable scoring role, he’s doing it for the top team in the Sherwood Conference. Melville enters tonight’s game against La Ronge having won 10 of its last 12 games.
“He might be our best all-around player,” Melville coach Jamie Fiesel said Sunday. “I know Christian from when I was involved with the U17 team and we all know he’s a great kid.
“Playing in the WHL in the role he was in, he’s learned a complete game. He’s good defensively, understands the game well, and now at our level we’ve got him playing in a top six role, including the power play ... and I’m comfortable putting him on the ice in all situations.”
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The WHL announced Oct. 31 its post-secondary scholarship recipients for 2012-13.
Among this year’s beneficiaries of the league’s scholarship program were Broncos alumni Andy Blanke, Kyle Bortis, Jordan Peddle, Andrew Hewitt, Karl Benke, Andrew Sullivan, Linden Saip, Brad Hoban, Dillon Wagner, Michael Brown, Jordan Evans, Derek Claffey, Spencer McAvoy, Ryan Molle, Geordie Wudrick, Grant Toulmin and Alex Sirard, as well as local products Craig Cuthbert and Brett Ward.
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Upcoming games: Saturday vs. Prince Albert Raiders, Sunday @ Brandon Wheat Kings.

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