Cain Franson may not be leaving Vancouver anytime soon, and he’s pretty happy about it.
With 27 goals, 31 assists and 58 points last season, the 19-year-old Vancouver Giants centre says he was a little surprised and disappointed at having slipped through last month’s NHL draft. But his mood took a 180 when he received a telephone call from the Vancouver Canucks, inviting him to the team’s prospect development camp. Franson says Edmonton and Phoenix had expressed interest in him in the draft, so to receive the invite from the Canucks was a surprise of a different kind.
“It took me a little bit to realize they were interested and they said they’d been watching me and they were a little surprised that I’d slipped through the draft,” says Franson. “But they were very excited to invite me to camp and to be able to get me.
“That kind of lifted my spirits and made the day a lot better, so I committed to go to them… Vancouver was the first team to call me and I’m really excited to get the chance to go there.”
The 6-3, 168 pound. Sicamous product is hoping to attend future Canucks camps, and will return to play with the Giants in August.
“I should be getting a call,” says Franson. “They said I’m only a 1993 so I’ve got lots of time left and they’re going to be watching me this year.”
Growing up, Franson said his favourite team was Toronto, who his brother Cody currently plays for. The Leafs actually contacted Cain after the draft, but Vancouver beat them to it.
For the summer, Cain is staying with Cody in Kelowna and training there with Crash Conditioning. He’ll be making an appearance at this year’s Sicamous Hockey School, and also hitting the links at Hyde Mountain on Friday, July 13, for the Sicamous Shootout, a cancer fundraiser organized by Cody and fellow Sicamous native Shea Weber.
“I like to golf for fun,” says Cain. “I’m not the greatest but I like it.”