A Drumheller youngster is turning heads in the hockey world as he works for a spot on the roster of the Tri-City Americans.
The Mail reported that goalie Talyn Boyko was picked up by the Tri-City Americans in the second round of 2017 Bantam Draft. Just 14 at the time, he played in a couple of exhibition games but continued his hockey and education at the Pursuit of Excellence Academy in Kelowna.
Fast forward to this season, now 15, he has seen action in preseason and it appears he may have a shot at a spot on the squad. On his first outing of the season versus the Everett Silvertips on August 31, he stopped 45 shots including three saves in a four-round shootout for the win.
He also started in a preseason game versus the Vancouver Giants on September 2. He stopped 25 out of 27 shots before the game went to a shootout. There he stopped all four shots.
In two games he has stopped 70 of 75 shots.
He is still hoping to get a spot on the roster this season, and his father, Kelly Boyko, says Talyn has made the move to Washington and is now living with a billet.
“He is really fortunate to be in Kennewick around such great management and a great team and community, we are really grateful he has been drafted there,” said Kelly. He adds he has had the opportunity to meet and play with great players, including some from the NHL.
The Americans still have a few preseason games before their season begins on September 22. The final roster has not been released.