Two Fort St. John Bantam players invited to WHL rookie camps

The Northern Metalic Bantam Flyers after winning the bronze medal at Tier 2 Provincials. Photo by Craig Brownlee.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Two Fort St. John hockey players will be off to hockey camps earlier than some of their colleagues this preseason.

Bantam Flyers alumni John Herrington and Nathan Brownlee will be heading to two WHL team rookie training camps during the third week of August. Herrington and Brownlee have been invited to attend the Prince George Cougars and Edmonton Oil Kings’ respective rookie training camps, which start August 24th.

Nathan’s father Craig Brownlee, who also served as the Bantam Flyers’ head coach last season, said that the opportunity is a big one for the two players. He explained that no Fort St. John-area players were drafted in May’s WHL Bantam draft, but that the two players were both invited to attend rookie camps. Last season, Portland Winterhawks draftee and Trackers forward Connor Bowie amazed the Winterhawks’ coaching staff. Bowie ended up getting called up by the ‘Hawks on a number of occasions during the 2016/2017 season.

Brownlee added that if the two players make a big enough of an impression during the rookie camp, they may end up staying in either Prince George or Edmonton for a longer stint in the teams’ main camps.