Hockey player returns from Philly with MVP

By Staff

Morinville – A Morinville hockey player spent the Canada Day weekend in Philadelphia, returning with an MVP award for his defensive efforts.

Jordan Rooke, together with Ryan Christen, was invited to play in the One Hockey International AAA Hockey Summer Tournament in Philadelphia, PA. The two 16-year-olds formed part of a team made up of players born in 1995. The 1995 Team Canada competed against teams from throughout the United States and ended the tournament in third place with a 4-2-2 record.

For Rooke, who plays with the Fort Sasketchewan Major Midget AAA Rangers, the experience was a rewarding one. “It was pretty good, actually,” Rooke said Thursday afternoon. “Lots of fun and very exciting.”

Rooke said he was invited by a scout from the Chilliwack Bruins. “He asked me to go down to Philadelphia with a team he was coaching,” Rooke said. “He said it would be a good eye opener.”

And for the young hockey player, the trip to the City of Brotherly Love was just that. “It was really a good eye opener for what the future would bring,” he said, noting it was interesting to see how the Americans played the game.

But the American teams may have found it interesting how Team Canada 1995 played, particularly when Rooke picked up an MVP for best defenseman for his team.

“Coach Randy Rooke [no relation] said he was talking to lots of the scouts and [he said] I was pretty much the top defenseman in that tournament,” Rooke said.

But Rooke’s hockey travels this summer did not end in Philadelphia. He has just been invited to take part in a WHL hockey camp this August with the Victoria Royals.

The invitation fits well with Rooke’s goal to take his hockey as far as he can.

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