Jardine makes the cut

Josh Skapin

Next week Sam Jardine will be wearing a maple leaf on his jersey.

The Lacombe product

and slick blueliner with the Junior A Camrose

Kodiaks has been informed that he will be playing for Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge Nov. 5-14.

"Being able to wear a Team Canada jersey will be just incredible," Jardine

said of the Penticton-

based tournament.

"It's definitely something

I see as a huge development point with my hockey career."

Jardine, along with 40 other players participated

in a tryout camp two weeks ago.

"I was one of the younger ones," Jardine said of the group he competed against at the camp.

"We played two games and I thought mid-way through the first game I really caught up to speed."

In addition to hopefully

being a primary contributor to Team Canada's

success, Jardine has enjoyed a winning season

with the Kodiaks, who presently sit second

in the Alberta Junior Hockey League's (AJHL) south division with a record of 12-7-0-2.

"We didn't have a great start (to the season) but have won our last seven games," Jardine said.

"Things have been coming together lately."

And for Jardine and the Kodiaks, it's not your average regular season.

"It's a special year for all of us being we're hosting

the RBC Cup," Jardine

said, of the National A tournament slated for Camrose starting April 30.

"We're still building every day and hopefully nobody is getting complacent."

Once Jardine wraps up his Junior A career, he is destined

for the NCAA ranks.

Despite having been property of the Western Hockey League's (WHL) Red Deer Rebels, Jardine committed to Ohio State University in September of this year.

The university flew Jardine to their campus to see the rink and watch one of the school's Buckeye football


"I really fell in love with the whole atmosphere," Jardine

said, adding that while other schools showed interest in the budding blueliner, he opted not to waste their time and money and informed them that he was joining the Buckeye program.

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