Hitmen score a trifecta

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:40 AM ET

Brett Sonne likes the idea of being among the best draft eligible players in junior hockey.

Yet the Calgary Hitmen forward, who along with teammates Karl Alzner and Alex Plante were yesterday named to the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, knows he still has a tough path ahead of him.

"It's a great honour to be named along with all those great players and it's definitely a feather in the cap," said Sonne, who hails from Maple Ridge, B.C., and will suit up Jan. 17 in Quebec City with 39 other NHL draft-eligible prospects.

"But I still have a lot of work to do and I know that. I'm happy for Alex and Karl but we still have tons of work to do."

Sonne, who has 11 goals and five assists in 39 games, knows he needs to get faster.

"Bigger, stronger and faster. I've got to work on my foot speed," said Sonne.

Alzner, a Burnaby, B.C., product, will play for gold today in Sweden with Canada's world junior team and has put together a superb season from the blueline with 28 points in 33 games.

Meanwhile Plante, the kid who played so well in the WHL playoffs two years ago as a 15-year-old, just passed Alzner for the points lead on the team among blueliners.

The 6-ft. 5-in., 225-pounder from Brandon has 31 points with a plus-11 rating.

Hitmen head coach and GM Kelly Kisio credited head scout Brad Whelan and the team's scouting staff and said part of what makes the trio good players is they're decent, down-to-earth kids.

"We never have any problems with the kids for the most part," said Kisio, whose club takes on the Lethbridge Hurricanes tonight (Saddledome, 7 p.m.).


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