Vancouver Giants defenceman Matt Barberis is attending the Vancouver Canucks rookie camp. He is one of six Giants invited to various NHL rookie camps. Gary Ahuja Langley Times file photo

Five Giants at NHL rookie camps

Surrey’s Matt Barberis attending NHL rookie camp with Vancouver Giants

Five members of the Vancouver Giants are off to NHL rookie training camps around the league.

Giants captain Tyler Benson will attend his second camp with the Edmonton Oilers. The forward was a second round pick of the Oilers in the 2016 NHL draft and has signed with the NHL club.

Ty Ronning — Vancouver’s leading scorer in the 2016/17 WHL season — will also attend his second camp with the NHL club which drafted him in 2016, the New York Rangers. The Rangers chose the winger in the seventh round.

And four other members of the Giants will attend various NHL camps as free agents.

Forwards Brad Morrison and Brendan Semchuk will attend camps for Calgary and Washington, respectively, while defenceman Matt Barberis is going to camp with the Vancouver Canucks.

A sixth member of the Giants, Dylan Plouffe, was scheduled to attend rookie camp with Florida, but the Panthers cancelled the camp because of Hurricane Irma.

Ronning and Morrison are both in their over-age season, meaning they could conceivably land contracts and play in the American Hockey League.

As a 19-year-old, Benson can only play in the NHL or he must return to major junior with Vancouver.

The same holds true were Semchuk or Barberis to make enough of an impression to land a contract offer.

The rest of the Giants squad will hit the ice at the Langley Events Centre this weekend as the team hosts Prince George, Victoria and Everett in pre-season action.

Just Posted

UPDATED: Gunfire erupts in quiet Langley neighbourhood early this morning

Police have 79A Avenue cordoned off after reports of shots just before 5 a.m.

Cedar Street development raises concerns at council

Mission councillors raise issues with home lot sizes. traffic and other aspects of the proposal

Facebook post leads to woman’s arrest

Mission RCMP have charged a woman after she was caught rummaging through a car

Man steals police car, goes for a slow ride

Mission RCMP have arrested a man after he took a joy ride in a stolen police car

Rainfall warning issued across Lower Mainland into the weekend

50 to 70 mm of rain expected to fall starting overnight Friday and into Sunday morning

VIDEO: Mission Strong Youth Challenge

Highlights from the obstacle event on Oct. 21

Justin Timberlake invited back to Super Bowl halftime show

A ‘wardrobe malfunction’ with Janet Jackson caused a national controversy during his last appearance

A scary box office weekend for everyone but Tyler Perry

‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ scared up a healthy $21.7 million in its first weekend in theatres

Even as long-form census data returns, Statcan readies for day without it

Wednesday’s release is expected to show immigrants making up a larger share of the population

WATCH: 10,000 signatures gained to stop ‘no pets’ rental policy

Pets OK BC said about 1,700 animals were surrendered to the BC SPCA last year due to housing issues

Silver Creek reacts after remains found, man arrested

Neighbours of property where remains were found say man arrested was sweet and polite

VIDEO: Oprah Winfrey and a celebrities attend ‘B.C. Miracle Concert’

Fundraiser featured Foster, Steven Tyler, The Tenors, Matteo Bocelli, Laura Bretan, Carly Rae Jepsen

Human remains found at Silver Creek property

RCMP have been searching the property in the 2200 block of Salmon River Road for the past three days

New B.C. acute care centre opens for young patients, expectant mothers

Facility aims to make B.C. Children’s Hospital visits more comfortable

Most Read