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Team BC players Lindstrom and Gardner making FSJ Minor Hockey proud at WHL Cup

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 2021 WHL Cup is underway with Team BC cruising to their first win of the tournament …

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 2021 WHL Cup is underway with Team BC cruising to their first win of the tournament on Wednesday afternoon.

Fort St. John Minor Hockey products Evan Gardner and Cayden Lindstrom skated all over Team Saskatchewan by a score of 8 – 1, with Lindstrom assisting on the opening goal of the tournament.

Team BC would get another goal, this time on the power play before Saskatchewan answered with its lone goal of the matchup to close the first period. Team BC scored three goals in the second period and three goals in the third, comfortably beating the defending 2019 WHL Cup champions.

Lindstrom, who played most of his minor hockey in Chetwynd, joined the Fort St. John peewee rep team in his second year of peewee. The following year, he played for coach Ray Taggart on the NEBC Trackers. Even at that age, Taggart says he stood out.

“Cayden has elite and measurable talent. He had a pro shot when he was 13 years old,” said Taggart of his former player. “He just loves spending time at the rink; he would be the first one on the ice and last one off the ice most times. Whether it’s in a practise, skill session, a game or skating on the outdoor rink, he loves the game and it translates directly.”

Evan Gardner played in town for coach David Alexander. Alexander says he could tell Gardner had the makeup of a solid goalie.

“He was very focused and composed. You could tell he had the right mindset to be a goalie. I think we ended up winning quite a few tournaments.”

Alexander says the group that year was very strong, and the players developed by challenging each other and making each other better. One player from that group is now representing Team Alberta at the U16 WHL Cup, Caleb Hadland.

“We had two great goalies that definitely competed hard, and they didn’t like to be scored on. They made the shooters work for it, for sure.”

Team BC is in action Thursday afternoon against Team Manitoba at 3 p.m.

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