Broncos' prospects post solid numbers at Mac's Tournament

Steven Mah
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Some of the Swift Current Broncos' top prospects had promising performances at the prestigious Mac's AAA Midget World Invitational Tournament in Calgary.

Travis Child was the goaltender of record for all six of his team's games, finishing with a 4-1-1-0 record. The Sherwood Park Ennis Kings won their pool with a 3-0-1-0 record. Child made 41 saves in the Kings' 6-4 quarter-final win over the Notre Dame Argos.

The Kings were finally eliminated by the Switzerland U17 team in a 7-4 loss on New Years' eve. The Finland U17 team would win the tournament with a 7-1 win over Switzerland on New Years Day.

Child was drafted in the second round, 29th overall, in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft. The Kings currently lead the Alberta AAA Midget Hockey League' Dodge Division with a 15-3-6 record. Child has yet to lose in league play with a 13-0-4 record with a .930 save percentage and a 2.04 goals against average.

Defenseman Maxime Lajoie led the Calgary Royals with six points in a four games at the Mac's Tournament, including two powerplay goals. The Royals just missed the playoffs with a 2-1-10-1 record in the round robin.

The Calgary native was drafted in the fifth round by the Broncos in the 2012 Bantam Draft.

The Royals currently lead the nine-team Chrysler Division with a 17-6-3 record. Lajoie has six goals and eight assists in 24 games with the Royals this season. He was called up by the Broncos and played in his first WHL game on Wednesday in Saskatoon.

Forward Tyler Steenbergen is skating for the Red Deer Chiefs this season. Red Deer finished with a 2-1-1-0 record as Steenbergen posted five assists in four games in Calgary.

Steenbergen was the Broncos first round pick, 12th overall, in the 2013 Bantam Draft. Red Deer, the two-time defending national champions, are third in the Chrysler Division with a 14-5-5 record. Steenbergen has 10 goals and 11 assists in 21 games during his rookie season.

Cole Johnson posted one goal and five assists for the Lloydminster Bobcats in four games.

Lloydminster finished with a 1-2-1-0 record at the Mac's Tournament and missed the playoffs. Johnson was the Broncos second round pick, 34th overall, in 2013. He is currently ninth in AMHL scoring with 28 points in 22 games during his first season of midget hockey. His 16 goals are tied for third in the league as the Bobcats are out to a 14-8-2 start to sit fourth in the Dodge Division.

Organizations: Alberta AAA Midget Hockey League, Swift Current Broncos, WHL Mac's AAA MIdget World Invitational Tournament

Geographic location: Calgary, Swift Current, Notre Dame Switzerland Red Deer

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