Monday, December 23, 2013

Demico Hannoun's On A Roll:

This was in my RBC Cup Newsletter e-mail:

RBC CUP 2014 The Excitement Returns!

A publication of the Vernon RBC Cup Host Committee

November 22, 2013 Volume 2, I ssue 5

Demico Hannoun's On A Roll

Fresh from a strong showing with the Surrey Eagles at the 2013 RBC Cup in Summerside, Demico Hannoun learned that he would be going to another RBC Cupbound team in Vernon.

"That was a bit of a shock, but we knew that guys would be going the other way for Tambellini and there are a lot worse things than getting traded to a RBC Cup team," he says.

Then this fall the 18-year-old was selected to play for Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. He scored a goal and two assists as Canada West won the bronze medal. He says that the best part of participating in the Challenge was "representing Canada and the Vipers organization. Also, it's a good thing to play in front of all those scouts in your draft year." (He's one of nine BCHL players to be currently ranked by NHL Central Scouting.)

When asked to compare the calibre of play at the RBC Cup and the WJAC, he replies that "they're pretty similar in terms of fan support and quality of play. The Canada West team might have been a tad faster than our Surrey team and maybe a bit more physical, but the skill level was higher at the RBC Cup, I think."

He admits that seeing two members of Surrey's archrival Brooks Bandits was a little unsettling when he first ran into them at the Canada West training camp, but "actually they're pretty good guys and we got along fine."

Demico has a 15-year-old brother, Dante, who's a prime prospect for the Victoria Royals. Their cousin, Nicolas Petan, tied for the WHL scoring lead last year and older cousin Alex Petan had 88 points for the Coquitlam Express in 2011-12.

Next year, Demico will join Alex at Michigan Tech as the older cousin completes his senior year.

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