December kicked off hot for Flin Flon Bomber Jeremi Tremblay. The forward was announced as the SJHL's most valuable player for November and was also named to a training camp roster for an international tournament.
On Thursday afternoon, last season's Sherwood division rookie of the year received both the league MVP honours for the month and was also invited by Hockey Canada to join the camp roster of Team Canada West for the upcoming World Junior A Challenge.
Through nine games in November, Tremblay had five goals and 10 assists, including two four point performances - one against the Yorkton Terriers Nov. 10 and another in the Bombers' Nov. 26 5-4 overtime win over Melfort. Tremblay has 13 goals and 17 assists in 23 games this season, putting him ninth in league scoring and third on the Bombers behind Jaeden Mercier and Cole Duperreault.
The Quebec City, QC product is in his second season as a Bomber - despite missing much of last season with illness and missing the entire preseason and training camp with a separate unrelated illness, Tremblay has kept up a brisk scoring pace. The forward has only been held off the scoresheet six times in 23 games so far this season.
Tremblay is one of only four SJHL players to be named to the camp roster of Team Canada West, joining Battlefords' Holden Doell, Melfort's Zac Somers and Humboldt's Ethan Wielke. Former Estevan Bruin Caelan Fitzpatrick, who know plays for the AJHL's Brooks Bandits, also made the team. The team is meant to represent the best under-19 talent in Canada's western junior A leagues - eight players from the team during the last edition of the tournament in 2020 were drafted by NHL teams.
With the exception of the four SJHL players and one MJHL forward, the entire camp roster consists of AJHL players.
The tournament will be held Dec. 11-18 in Cornwall, Ont. and will include two Canada teams - one covering western Canadian junior A leagues and another covering teams from out east - as well as the top junior A players from the U.S., Sweden and Latvia. Team Canada West will open their tournament against the U.S. Dec. 11.
Several Bombers have played for Canada West in the past, including Chrystopher Collin in 2017, Cory Thomas and Brandon Lesko in 2016 and Cole Wilson in 2008.