Cristall Named Alternate Captain Of Canada White At Captial City Challenge
Hockey Canada announced today that Kelowna Rockets forward Andrew Cristall has been named an alternate captain for Team Canada White at the 2021 Capital City Challenge.
"It's obviously a huge honour to be able to represent Canada in any way, just being here has been an unbelievable experience," said Cristall to kelownarockets.com.
"Getting the A today was definitely a cherry on top and hopefully I can help the team to get that gold medal."
The Burnaby, BC product leads Rockets rookies in scoring with 10 points (4G, 6A) and eight penalty minutes through 12 games this season. Selected eighth overall by the Rockets in the 2020 WHL Draft, Cristall also leads Rockets skaters in game-winning goals with two.
Canada White's leadership group includes captain Luke Coughlin of the Rimouski Océanic and alternate captain Carey Terrance of the Erie Otters.
Canada White defeated the Women's National Team 7-3 yesterday in the opening game of the tournament. Cristall scored the first goal of the tournament, beating Kristen Campbell of the Canadian National Women's Team while in on a breakaway.
Canada Black and Kelowna Rockets defenceman Caden Price downed Rockets head coach Kris Mallette's Canada Red 7-2 in the following matchup.
Mallette's squad will take on the Women's National Team later today, while Cristall and Price will face off later tonight. All games are streamed for free online through Hockey Canada. Click here to learn more about the tournament and streaming.
The Capital City Challenge is a four-team tournament featuring Canada's National Women's Team and three national men's under-17 teams at TD Place Arena, home of the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League. The Capital City Challenge will serve as a one-time event to replace the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, which was cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, while providing an opportunity for Canada's National Women's Team to compete as part of its centralization schedule.
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