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Top young hockey stars to shine in Vernon

The best 13 and 14-year-olds will be competing at the inaugural UMH 68 tournament at Kal Tire Place
Vernon Watkin Motors Mustangs defenceman Nathan Sluggett (right) keeps close tabs on Leduc forward Blake Morrissey during the Roughnecks’ 5-4 win Feb. 10, at the 50th Vernon Winter Carnival Coca Cola Classic Pee Wee Hockey Tournament at Kal Tire Place North. Athletes from pee wee and bantam levels will be competing at the first ever UMH 68 Invitational Tournament. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

The inaugural Up My Hockey (UMH) 68 tournament kicks off this weekend at Kal Tire Place.

The top 68 players aged 13 and 14 from across the province will be competing. Amongst the players are three from Vernon, including forwards Hudson Podollan, Dominik Silbernagel and defenceman Carter Hutton. Two players will be representing Coldstream, Colton Sitter and Jack Saxton.

There will be four teams of 17 players each, competing in one practice and four games. WHL and NHL scout evaluators will be in the stands, along with former NHL alums Jerred Smithson and Mark Ferner behind the bench as coaches.

UMH is run by Vernon’s Jason Podollan, who played 41 games in the NHL across six seasons. Podollan is a high performance mindset coach, acting as a mentor and trusted advisor for hockey players aspiring to be their best. Podollan also won a gold medal with team Canada at the 1996 World Junior Hockey Championships.

The tournament runs all day Friday, June 16 through Sunday, June 18. Admission to watch is free.

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Bowen Assman

About the Author: Bowen Assman

I joined The Morning Star team in January 2023 as a reporter. Before that, I spent 10 months covering sports in Kelowna.
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