Griffen Ryden of the Castlegar Rebels, Bryce Sookro of the Nelson Leafs and Brandon Weare of the Revelstoke Grizzlies have been selected for the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Three Stars of the Month for November.
Rebels’ Griffen Ryden was named top forward. The Brandon, Manitoba product scored 11 goals and had 13 points in 10 games. Ryden netted a hat-trick, including a short-handed and game-winning goal against Beaver Valley on Nov. 14. He scored another short-handed goal against Golden on Nov. 13 and opened the scoring in games four times. He helped the Rebels earn six wins. In 17 games this season, Ryden has 16 goals and 21 points and is tied for the league lead in goals and is 11th for points.
Leafs’ Bryce Sookro was named top defenceman. The Nelson product had four goals and 11 points in 10 games. Three of his goals were insurance markers helping the Leafs solidify wins and another was short-handed. He helped the Leafs win six games in November and enjoyed three two-point performances and collected three assists against Kimberley on Nov. 26. For the season, Sookro has four goals and 16 points in 19 games, which leads the Leafs in scoring. He’s also eighth among rookies in scoring. Sookro was selected as a top defenceman for the KIJHL Three Stars of the Week for the period ending Nov. 28.
Grizzlies’ Brandon Weare was named top goalie. The Calgary, Alberta product won all five of his starts in November to contribute to the Grizzlies going undefeated during the month. He turned aside 120 of 128 shots, which included a 22-save shutout versus 100 Mile House on Nov. 6. He posted a 1.59 GAA with a .938 SP. For the season, Weare has nine wins (second in the KIJHL), a .939 SP (first) and a 1.62 GAA (first).