McDavid set for Penticton

Connor McDavid is the big draw for the 2015 Young Stars Classic in Penticton.

Connor McDavid is the big draw for the 2015 Young Stars Classic in Penticton.

The Edmonton Oilers’ first overall pick from the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, dubbed a generational talent, is a big reason tickets are selling fast for the hockey tournament starting Sept. 11.

Cyber Club members have taken advantage of their pre-sale privilege to score tickets, while 40 people were in front of the doors of the South Okanagan Events Centre last Friday morning to make sure they can watch McDavid and company.

“Connor McDavid is the draw this year. Absolutely,” said Vancouver Canucks fan Dave Ashton. “To see a person of that calibre. I’m a hockey fan, always have been. It’s pretty exciting.”

Carla Seddon, director of marketing for Spectra Venue Management, said the crowd is the best they have seen.

“The demand for the tickets has definitely been the highest that we’ve had since we started the tournament in 2010,” said Seddon. “We’re excited. There is a lot of talent coming here. It’s going to be a great tournament this year.”

The tournament will showcase prospects from the Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames, Oilers and Winnipeg Jets.

Over the past four Young Star Classics, more than 80 players have gone on to play NHL games.

Tickets are available online at www.valleyfirsttix.com, by phone at 1-877-763-2849, or in person at the Valley First Box Office at the SOEC.