February 25, 2019
The Western Hockey League announced its Three Stars of the Week on Sunday – Justin Almeida, Tristan Langan and Bowen Byram.
Almeida and Byram are BC products.
At the top of the list, Justin Almeida (02.06.99) of the Moose Jaw Warriors.
Almeida is a product of Kitimat, who played peewee and two years of bantam at North Shore Winter Club – winning Westerns in his second year – and a season of major midget in Prince George before making the jump to the WHL with the Prince George Cougars in 2015-2016.
After being traded to the Moose Jaw Warriors midway through his second year in the league, Almeida made a big impact in his second season with the club, putting up 43G-55A last year, for 98 points in 72 games.
He was 11G-17A in 70 games combined with the Cougars and Warriors the year before.
This year he is has 25G-62A, for 87 points in 54 games played.
With 14 games left to play, he’s on pace to put up another 22 points – for a potential 109 points.
He was drafted as a free agent last spring by the Penguins Penguins, in the fifth round, #129 overall, and is unsigned at the moment.
Almeida was drafted #5 overall in the 2014 Bantam draft by Prince George.
#2 on the list this week, is Almeida’s team mate, Tristan Langan, who is second overall in WHL scoring this year, and leading the Warriors with 45G-51A in 57 games played.
Langan (10.15.98) is a product of Swan River, Manitoba. He has already more than doubled his production from a year ago, posting 45G-51A and 96 points for the Warriors. Last year he was 16G-26A, for 42 points in 70 games played.
He was a ninth round selection, #183 overall, in the 2013 bantam draft.
Rounding out this week’s WHL Three Stars is Vancouver Giants’ defenceman Bowen Byram (6.13.01), a native of Cranbrook.
Byram, in his second year in the league, has had an exceptional season so far, ranking fourth overall in WHL defensive scoring with 28G-58A, 86 points, in 60 games and is +24.
He too is also on pace to post a +100 point season.
Byram is a 2019 NHL draft prospect, and was selected #3 overall in the 2016 WHL bantam draft by the Vancouver Giants, out of the Lethbridge Golden Hawks program.
He was awarded the CSSHL Top Defenseman Award as a first year midget with the Yale Hockey Academy in 2016-2017, and has won a U16 WCCC Gold Medal, a WHC U17 Silver Medal and a Hlinka Memorial Gold Medal.
He posted 6G-21A, 27 points and a -3 in his rookie year with the Giants last season.