Red Deer’s Luke Bast played for Team Canada West in the World Junior A Challenge Dec. 9 to 14 in Bonnyville. (Photo by MATTHEW MURNAGHAN/Hockey Canada Images)

World Junior A Challenge a great experience for Red Deer’s Luke Bast

A Red Deer hockey player said representing Canada at an international competition was the experience of a lifetime.

Defenceman Luke Bast won a bronze medal with Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge in Bonnyville from Dec. 9 to 14. He scored one goal and two assists in six games.

Bast said it was an “unbelievable” experience.

“Not a lot of kids get to compete in it. As cheesy as it sounds, it was an honour and a privilege to be at that tournament. You play against some of the best players in the world at our age group.

“I met a lot of great guys and made a lot of friendships that will last a long, long time. It was super cool putting on the maple leaf for the first time,” said Bast.

Canada West beat the Czech Republic 3-1 in the bronze medal game Dec. 16. Team U.S.A. defeated Russia in the gold medal game later in the day.

Bast said he was impressed by the level of competition at the tournament.

“It’s not an easy tournament to win,” he said. “There was projected to be some pretty high (NHL) draft picks in that tournament. … Looking at what they do and the things that make them so good is eye opening. It was a big learning experience.”

READ MORE: Luke Bast excited to continue hockey career at University of North Dakota

Bast, a second-year defender, has had a standout season in the AJHL, with five goals and 15 assists in 22 games so far this year.

He is a “C” prospect on the NHL Central Scouting Players to Watch List for the 2019 NHL Draft. The five-foot-nine, 170-pound rearguard is committed to the University of North Dakota for next season.

Bast’s AJHL team, the Brooks Bandits, will host the RBC Cup National Junior A Championship in May. The competition will be the same format as the World Junior A Challenge – a week-long five-team tournament.

He said the international event prepared him for the national competition.

“The room for error is extremely small and you have to be extremely focused all week,” he said.

Team Canada West players were selected from the CJHL’s five western Junior A leagues: Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL), Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) and Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL).

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Sylvan Lake man charged with killing his wife in court

Satnam Singh Sandhu charged with second-degree murder in connection with death of Kulvinder Sandhu

Red Deer-conceived Fringe play that pokes fun at aging actors gets a local run

The Thin Grey Line, by Blaine Newton, runs Sept. 27-30 at downtown library

Alberta inquiry into oil and gas foes could face legal challenge from Ecojustice

CALGARY — An environmental law group is threatening legal action if the… Continue reading

Canadian inflation decelerates to 1.9 per cent in August as gas prices weaken

OTTAWA — Canada’s annual inflation rate slowed slightly to 1.9 per cent… Continue reading

Iran tells US retaliation looms if targeted for Saudi attack

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has warned the U.S. it will retaliate “immediately”… Continue reading

WATCH: 2019 Canada Winter Games will leave a lasting legacy, say organizers

It leaves Red Deer with the infrastructure and confidence to host future such events

Your community calendar

Wednesday Central Alberta Historical Society annual general meeting is 6 p.m. at… Continue reading

A safe supply of water has always been a priority for Red Deer

The oldest part of the Red Deer water treatment plant on 54th… Continue reading

New parent charged in admissions scam, linked to $400K bribe

BOSTON — A woman accused of paying $400,000 to get her son… Continue reading

Canadian stars Virtue, Moir say in video they’re “stepping away” from ice dancing

Canadian ice dancing stars Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir say they are… Continue reading

Bruce Cockburn avoids impulse to get political with lyric-less new album

TORONTO — If anyone is looking for activist folk singer Bruce Cockburn… Continue reading

13 seasons in, stars reflect on success of ‘Heartland,’ Canada’s ‘comfort food’

HIGH RIVER, Alta. — Alberta-born actor Shaun Johnston had already had a… Continue reading

N.S. senior whose birthday card request drew international response dies

SYDNEY, N.S. — A Nova Scotia widower who received thousands of birthday… Continue reading

Freedom of expression or personal attack? Nurse appeals fine for Facebook post

REGINA — Saskatchewan’s highest court is to decide what’s next for a… Continue reading

Most Read