Tisdale picked for CJHL Team West
Thursday, Jan 05, 2017 06:00 am
The Canmore Eagles are well aware of the fact they have a special talent in Adam Tisdale. Now the rest of the Canadian Junior Hockey League will get a glimpse of his prowess with the puck.
Tisdale was one of eight AJHL players selected to play in the CJHL prospects game on Jan. 25 in Cornwall, Ont. Tisdale will play for Team West, comprised of NHL draft eligible junior A players from the BCHL, MJHL and AJHL.
NHL central scouting director Dan Marr chose the rosters. Players were selected to the team in conjunction with NHL central scouting. Each is among the top 40 junior A prospects in Canada.
ďIt means a lot. All of my hard work is paying off. Iím really appreciative,Ē Tisdale said.
As one of the most talented young players in the league, Tisdale is on a point per game pace this year for the Eagles, adding a deadly punch to the teamís second line. He has 15 goals and 21 assists in 36 games, and believes he wants to focus on what he does best in Cornwall.
ďI want to show my speed and intensity. Everyone there has skill, so I donít think that will stand out,Ē Tisdale said.
He said the selection has been in the back of his mind, but he has tried to keep his focus on the AJHL standings. Thatís difficult, though, when the words ĎNHL central scoutingí pop up next to your name.
ďIíve gotta stay focused on the season. Obviously, Iím really excited about this. But you canít let it get to you,Ē Tisdale said.
He got the news from Eagles head coach and general manager Andrew Milne before Christmas. Milne believes Tisdale has the skills to be one of the best in the AJHL one day.
The Presidentís Cup is awarded to the winning team in the CJHL Prospects Game.
From 2005 until 2008, the event ran as a single game, but starting in 2009 the Presidentís Cup was played as a two-game series where the combined score of the games determined the winner of the title.
The contest has now gone back to a single-game format along with on-ice player testing having been introduced.
Since its inception, Team West has won six times while Team East has come away victorious on five occasions.