Hockey Alberta announced the Head Coach for Team Alberta’s female squad for the 2013 National Women’s Under-18 Championship on Thursday.
The Head Coach of Team Alberta Female Under-18 that will be going to Nationals will be Mikko Makela of Lethbridge, Alberta. Makela previously served as Head Coach at the 2011 Team Alberta Challenge championship winning team, the Calgary Wild.
Makela is currently the Head Coach of the Warner Warriors of the Junior Women’s Hockey League (JWHL).
“We’re excited to have Mikko leading our provincial team for the coming year,” says Manager of Hockey Development for Hockey Alberta, Michael Kraichy. “He has a track record of developing players and brings a wealth of knowledge in short-term competitions, both as a coach and a former Olympian.”
The Team Alberta U18 Program is the final stage of identification and evaluation for Team Alberta and one of the first stages of identification for Hockey Canada’s national Programs.
The National Women’s Under-18 Championship is an event that brings together the top U18 female players from across Canada. Team participating include a combination of provincial and regional teams: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, two from Ontario (Red and Blue), Quebec and Team Atlantic (New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador). The event will take place in November, 2013 and the location has yet to be announced.
ATB Financial is the title sponsor of all Team Alberta programs, including the ATB Alberta Cup and the ATB Alberta Challenge. The Team Alberta Male Program is a two year progression for elite athletes that begins at the ATB Alberta Cup, a U15 age level event, and progresses to the U17 age level. The Team Alberta Female Program is a four year progression for elite athletes that begins at the ATB Alberta Challenge, a U16 age level event, and progresses to the U18 age level. Team Alberta programs feed into Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence.