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Local players selected to MJHL top prospects camp

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  • July 11, 2019
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Recently, the MJHL released the picks for the top prospects camp, which included two local boys from The Pas, Keilan Holland and Branden Hill. Keilan Holland was auto protected by the OCN Blizzard.
“It was an honour to be protected by my home team,” he said when asked about being protected by OCN.
Holland is sixteen years old, and has played a lot of hockey, with teams including the AAA Bantam Norman Wolves, as well as Rink Hockey Academy (RHA) Elite.
“My hockey career has been good and very busy,” he said. “I’ve been very busy travelling and spending the year in Winnipeg playing for RHA and training every day. I’ve also been travelling to Chicago, Green Bay, and Fargo for USHL camps.”
Moving away from home at sixteen can be hard for any teenager, but Holland says that it is a highlight of his hockey career, as it was a very successful season.
“Moving to Winnipeg to play was a pretty big part of my hockey career, spending my first year away from home,” Holland said. “Another one of my biggest highlights would have to be winning the MVP of the Munn Cup.”
Holland hopes to start playing with OCN as soon as he is able, but right now will continue playing high level hockey and improving his skills.
“I am hoping to be playing with OCN in the coming years,” Holland said, “and hopefully move onto the USHL and commit to an NCAA division one school.”
For now, Holland is grateful to get the chance to play with OCN Blizzard.
“I’m most looking forward to playing in front of a hometown crowd,” Holland said when asked about what he’s most excited for about his future with OCN. “Not everyone gets the chance to do that.”
Branden Hill is seventeen years old and has played with the Bantam AAA Normal Wolves, as well as the Norman Northstars midget team. He was also on the list of 2019 MJHL Prospect Development Camp, the only other The Pas player to make the list. Hill could not be reached for comment.
Both Keilan Holland and Branden Hill have reached a great milestone, and will continue to reach more as they further their hockey careers.

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