Knowing he was on track to make the Victoria Royals main camp this year, homegrown talent Nolan Bentham wasn’t going 100 per cent in the Rookie Camp.
It was a veteran move for a 16-year-old rookie in the Western Hockey League this year.
Bentham’s progress through the Royals’ rookie camp, and main camp, is the subject of a short documentary available to view in this story online.
The 6-3, 185-pound defender was the first round pick in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft, selected 13th overall, and will make his regular season debut at Friday’s (Sept. 27) home opener against Prince George at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The two teams meet again here Saturday at 7 p.m.
“I [knew] I have to bring my intensity up for main camp,” Bentham said in the documentary.
And he did. As projected, Bentham made his way onto the main squad and played in the Royals’ first game of the regular season, a 6-0 loss to host Everett Silvertips last Saturday.
The defenceman is one to watch as he is a highly touted prospect from Victoria. He spent last season with the Yale Hockey Academy Midget Prep Team of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League, where he played 36 games and collected 18 points (7 goals, 11 assists).
He’s also on Hockey Canada’s radar, as he played in the 2019 Canada Winter Games with Team BC and attended Hockey Canada’s Under-17 Development Camp in July in Calgary. If selected, he would play for Hockey Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, Nov. 2-9 in Medicine Hat and Swift Current.
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The Cougars feature players returning from NHL training camps, including Cole Moberg (Chicago Blackhawks), Taylor Gauthier (Boston Bruins) and Josh Maser (New York Rangers).