Quesnel’s Yewta Plamondon, 16, shakes hands with Kamloops Storm general manager Barry Dewar. Plamondon has been signed to the KIJHL team this year. Matt Kolle photo

Quesnel hockey players shore up Kamloops Storm this season

The KIJHL team signed three locals and chose five as affiliated players

Three Quesnel hockey players have been signed to the Kamloops Storm team this year.

Yewta Plamondon, 16, Brett Mero, 17, and Chris Thon, 17, attended the Storm’s annual pre-season training camp from Aug. 28 and have now been recruited to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) team. They’ll be billeted in Kamloops for the duration of the hockey season.

The Quesnel players got through a round of cuts after the Storm invited around 45 players to participate in its training camp. The 10-day program saw the recruits whittled down to a roster of 20 potential signees. The players then participated in four exhibition games against other KIJHL teams.

Kamloops Storm assistant general manager Matt Kolle said: “All three players have shown great growth at the camp. It’s our job to develop them and help them work towards their goals. They all have the potential to get to the next level.”

As well as the three signings, five Quesnel Minor Hockey players have been offered affiliated player (AP) spots with the Storm.

These players are too young to join the KIJHL but will be given the opportunity to train with the Kamloops team and potentially see ice time.

Quesnel APs for the Storm include Justin Salmons, DJ Sauve, Michael Greenwood and Kasey Jackson.

“These kids came down and participated in the pre-season camp for the experience. As APs, they are welcome to join the team when their Minor Hockey schedule allows. The door is open for them to come down and train with us, and we’ll look for opportunities to put them in the line up,” said Kolle.

“The experience of the camp was amazing for them; they were grinning ear to ear.”