Bantam Major standout Castro shines in Alberta

Nick Castro, a member of the Los Angeles Jr. Kings’ Bantam Major 2000 team, was named to the All-Tournament Team at this year’s John Reid Memorial Bantam AAA Tournament, which was contested over MLK Weekend in St. Albert, Alberta.

The tournament showcases many of the premier Bantam clubs in the Western U.S. and Canada.

Castro, a forward who’s played for the Jr. Kings since 2006 as a Mite, led the entire tournament in scoring with 12 points (10 assists) in five games - a feat never accomplished before by a Jr. Kings player.

L.A. finished with a 2-2-1 mark at the event.

Castro, who’s also competed on a number of Bauer West Select spring teams and other select squads in recent years, also leads the California Amateur Hockey Association’s Bantam Major division in scoring with 27 points (16 goals) through 15 games.

“I’m honored to be named to the All-Tournament Team, and I think I can only improve as time goes on,” said Castro, who credits his coaches, including Jeff Turcotte and Jack Bowkus, for his developmental promise.

His brothers, Ryan, 17, and Jesse, 9, have also played in the Jr. Kings organization.

“Hockey is big part of Nick’s life, and being a Jr. King has been a great experience for him,” said Castro’s parents, Rich and Christine.