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Nelson Leafs's Colton McCarthy called up to the WHL

Nelson Leafs forward Colton McCarthy has been called up to the Western Hockey League for a three-game stint. - Sam Van Schie photo
Nelson Leafs forward Colton McCarthy has been called up to the Western Hockey League for a three-game stint.
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Nelson Junior Leafs super rookie Colton McCarthy is getting his first crack in a Western Hockey League tonight regular season game tonight.

The 6'0" native of Sicamous is expected to be on the ice at the Calgary Saddledome tonight when his Moose Jaw Warriors take on the Calgary Hitmen.

The 16-year-old McCarthy leads the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League in goals with 15 and sits fifth in the league in scoring with 23 points.

The power forward signed with the Warriors over the summer, but came directly to the Leafs for a season of Junior B. With Moose Jaw on a prairie roadtrip this weekend, Warriors' head coach Mike Stothers called McCarthy earlier this week to offer him a taste of major junior.

McCarthy is expected to play three games over the weekend with the Warriors. After tonight the team will travel to Medicine Hat for a Saturday night game and then onto Cranbrook Sunday where they will take on the Kootenay Ice.

McCarthy is then expected to return to the Leafs fold for the remainder of the season.

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