The Vancouver Canucks Young Stars Classic in 2010/11 season was the first time Jordan Schroeder skated for the Canucks.
The first round pick, 22nd overall in 2009, said it was a special feeling putting on the Canucks jersey. The tournament also proved to be a good way to start things.
“You’re mainly playing against kids your age,” said Schroeder, who signed with the Canucks after two seasons with the University of Minnesota. “It was a lot of fun.”
Schroeder said the tournament was great since he faced quality players, which created a quick pace during the games. During the Young Stars Classic, Schroeder, a native of Lakeville, Minn., said he realized there are a lot of good players in the world.
He said the games get players ready for training camp.
As for advice for this year’s crop of prospects at the Young Stars Classic, Schroeder said the key is to not take anything for granted.
“There is always someone watching,” said Schroeder.
Schroeder, who was a fan of Joe Sakic, played in the Young Stars Classic twice. In his second year at the tournament, he saw action in two of the four games.
Although he never felt nervous while on the ice, Schroeder did admit he felt some pressure to impress the scouts.
Despite pressure to perform, Schroeder said he has fond memories of the tournament and recalls being impressed with the atmosphere created by fans at the South Okanagan Events Centre.
“It was awesome, especially being in Penticton,” said Schroeder.
“A lot of Vancouver fans were there. It was pretty packed for most of our games. It was fun to play in front of the crowd there.”
Tournament ticket packages, which include a ticket to each of the eight games, are $70 plus applicable fees and can be purchased at www.valleyfirsttix.com, by phone at 1-877-763-2849, or in person at the Valley First Box Office at the SOEC or at Penticton & Wine Country Visitor Centre. Single game tickets are also available.