WJAC: Bilous among invitees

Local hockey player among 40 assembled for prospects games

Hockey fans watching the CJHL Prospects games this weekend will see some names with NHL ties on the backs of a couple of the jerseys.

Adam Tambellini — whose dad Steve played in the NHL and is now the general manager of the Edmonton Oilers and whose older brother Jeff played last year with the Vancouver Canucks — is among the 40 players who will lace up this weekend at the Langley Events Centre.

Tambellini will play for Canada West, while Ben Dalpe will play for Canada East. Dalpe’s brother Zac plays for the Carolina Hurricanes.

The younger Dalpe is playing for the Pembroke Lumber Kings while Tambellini is with the Vernon Vipers.

There is also one local player invited to compete.

Braxton Bilous, a Langley Minor Hockey alum and defenceman for the Victoria Grizzlies, will skate on Canada West’s roster.

The players, all of whom are in town by invitation only, are considered the top 40 draft-eligible prospects in Canadian junior A hockey.

The two prospects games are on Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at noon.