Canucks VP of hockey operations and assistant GM Laurence Gilman had nothing but positive things to say about the 2011 Young Stars tournament.
"This is a first-class facility in an unbelievable hockey setting." Gilman said Thursday. "From a production standpoint you couldn't have asked for a better event. From our perspective any time you can get your top prospects into game situations against their peers you have far better ability to evaluate their skill set in a real time setting. It's also an excellent vehicle for us to analyze our prospect pool against some teams that we compete with on a regular basis."
When asked about the prospects of a third annual Young Stars in 2012, Gilman noted that there are quite a few parties involved in making the event happen, but that all feedback has been positive.
"We partner in this event with the other teams that are here; we've talked to a couple of them about the event, and they seem very willing to come back and do this again.
"Once our camps finish, and our season gets started we'll convene the teams and talk about doing it again, and sit down with the people from Penticton and see if they're interested in doing it again. From our perspective it's a great event and I don't see any reason why we wouldn't want to continue come back here."
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