The Okanagan Hockey Academy is pleased to congratulate alum Tyler Soy on being named to the Canadian Under-18 team.
The Cloverdale, BC product will represent Canada at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, which gets underway on August 11th in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Canada opens up against Switzerland and will also face-off against Sweden and Slovakia in the preliminary round.
Soy, 17, spent the 2012-13 season with OHA, leading the OHA Prep team in scoring with 99 points (38-61-99) in 52 games.
The 5-foot-11 forward was a member of the Victoria Royals during the 2013-14 season, where he netted 30 points (15-15-30) in 65 games, along with three points (2-13) in nine post-season contests.
Soy, who was drafted in the first round, eighth overall, by the Royals in 2012, played for Team Pacific at the 2014 World Under-17 Challenge. In six games he collected five points (2-3-5).
This marks the third straight year that OHA will see one of their alumni compete on the Canadian Under-18 team at the Ivan Hlinka. Last summer, alum Joe Hicketts, also of the Victoria Royals, was a member of the gold-medal winning Canadian squad, while Curtis Lazar of the Ottawa Senators took home gold in 2012.
OHA helped shape the person I am today in an abundance of ways. The training regime and on-ice practice went a long way in helping me achieve my set goals in hockey, while making the jump to the next level attainable. Ultimately, it was the lessons I learned off the ice that have shaped me the most. From learning to balance school with hockey, to building character and unity with my team. All in all, OHA was the best decision to not only further my hockey career, but also to further myself as a person."