Burton and Royer lead all-star nods

CAM MAXWELL, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 8:12 AM ET

After playing in the AJHL Prospects Game, Kyle Burton is finally an all-star.

And, since he's in his final season of junior hockey, it's just in time for the Calgary Canucks forward to pad his resume with the accolade.

Burton, 20, plans on making the game, which will be played in Canmore Jan. 28, a memorable occasion.

"It means a lot knowing the coaches vote on it, so it's important," said Burton.

"It's nice to know coaches out there are aware of me on the ice and you appreciate it as you get older."

Burton's having a solid season with the not-so-solid Canucks, who are last in the South Division.

He has 29 goals and 24 helpers in 39 games.

Joining Burton on the South team will be fellow Canuck and linemate Bennett Royer, who is second in league scoring with 26 goals and 37 helpers.

Royer made the team as a unanimous selection.

While he insists he's not being biased, Burton said the player to watch on the South all-star team will be Royer, who played in the CJAHL Prospects Game earlier this month.

"I'd honestly have to say Royer because he's great with the puck and he does some pretty crazy things out there," said Burton.

"He's going to be the guy putting on some pretty interesting moves out there, so if I was a fan, I'd be watching for sure."

Scott Carpenter of the Calgary Royals and Okotoks Oilers players Elliott Sheen and Andrew Owsiak also made the South squad.

Calgarian Mike Connolly, who toils with the Camrose Kodiaks, was also announced to the team, which will be coached by Kodiaks bench boss Boris Rybalka.

The North Division all-star team led by head coach Brett Cox and the coaching staff of the Fort Saskatchewan Traders.

In addition, the league will still announce the Prospects Team rosters and the appointment of two celebrity coaches for the 2007 AJHL Prospects Game at a later date.

MAKING THE GRADE:

The Okotoks Oilers announced 17-year-old rookie forward David Civitarese has committed to the Colorado College (Tigers) of the WCHA for the 2008 season.

Civitarese, who has 21 points, is a Calgarian who went to the Edge School and made a seamless transition from the Edge midget triple A program to the Okotoks Oilers this season.

"David is an exceptionally skilled player who has a tremendous work ethic and is committed to learning and mastering every aspect of the game," said Oilers head coach Garry VanHereweghe.


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