Terrace’s Myah Bowal will shoot in the U18 national hockey championship with Team BC this year.
For the past 18 months the 17-year-old hockey player has been living in Toronto finishing Grade 12 while playing with the Toronto Leaside Wildcats in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League, or PWHL.
She’s played in Team BC tryout camps for a number of years but this is her first year securing a spot on the U18 female Team BC.
The team will face off in nationals in Quebec City at the beginning of November, and Bowal said she is pumped.
“I’m so excited, just getting a chance to be out there… and my family is coming to watch, so that’s a pretty big deal.
“I’m pretty excited to play for B.C. in front of them, and have them be there supporting me and everything,” Bowal said, noting that both her parents Bobbi and Shammi Bowal are coming, and her brother Kelsyn, 13, who plays hockey as well.
The Team BC roster was announced Sept. 30, after a number of tryout hockey camps.
The final tryout included exhibition games against the UBC Thunderbirds and Team China.
Team China is training for the 2022 Winter Olympics to be hosted in Beijing, but with a number of North American players of Chinese decent the team is practising in Canada and the U.S. to strengthen their game.
In the Team BC tryout, the BC girls beat China 4-2.
“When we played them, they didn’t play their North American import players who are exceptionally talented,” said Bowal, but “Team China was pretty good… they have a very strong skill set.”
“It was a quick paced game,” Bowal said of the tryout match, adding that play was mostly in their end, but China capitalized on good breaks.
Next up for Team BC, the girls travel to Quebec City Oct. 28-31 for a pre-stage camp, before the big national championship Nov. 1-5.