SOLIHULL Junior Barons defender Cameron Pound jets off to Canada next week to represent England Under-13s in the Quebec International Pee-wee Hockey Tournament.
With over 100 teams participating, this is one of the biggest junior ice hockey competitions in the world. Twelve-year-old Cameron, a Year 7 student at Solihull School, could find his ‘Angleterre’ side up against not only international powers like Austria and Slovenia, but also NHL-affiliated sides like the Atlanta Fire, the Boston Bruins and the Colorado Avalanche.
His dad Ian played ice hockey for Great Britain’s senior squad in world championships and coaches the Junior Barons U12s. He’s delighted at Cameron’s rapid progress through the ranks to break into the international set-up. He said: “I hoped Cameron would represent England Under-13s next year, but he’s pleasantly surprised me to make the squad this season as he’s still an Under-12s player.
“The squad was picked in October and Cameron has been looking forward to this tournament every day since then.”
Ian and Cameron fly out on February 8 and England’s first game, against Canadian team Montmorency Élans, is on February 11, with a couple of warm-up matches beforehand - although ‘warm’ really isn’t the word. One of those games will be on an outdoor rink where, says Ian, the daytime ‘high’ temperature has been around -10C all this week!