SPRUCE GROVE - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the City of Spruce Grove as the host of the 2018 Alberta Cup.
The Spruce Grove Agrena is the host location for the event, scheduled for April 25-28, 2018.
The Alberta Cup is a core Hockey Alberta development program, and a significant step in the identification and evaluation process for Team Alberta’s U16 Male provincial team that competes at either the U16 Western Challenge Cup or the Canada Winter Games. It is also the final opportunity for Western Hockey League scouts to evaluate players eligible for the WHL bantam draft.
On the ice, the Alberta Cup features 160 of the top bantam-aged male players in Alberta, divided into eight zone teams, playing in a four-day tournament format event. The Alberta Cup also provides coaches, therapists, equipment managers, administrators and officials the opportunity to be identified for potential positions at higher level events such as the Western Challenge, World U17 Hockey Challenge and Canada Winter Games.
“Hosting an event like the Alberta Cup is a challenging undertaking. In addition to the on-ice action, there are a multitude of behind-the-scenes logistics such as accommodations, meals, travel, souvenirs, sponsorship and off-ice player preparation that need to be covered,” said Michael Kraichy, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Team Alberta. “We were very impressed with the range of partners who will be involved in the event, and the thoroughness and attention to detail shown in the bid package submitted by Spruce Grove. We are confident that the 2018 Alberta Cup will be a memorable one for all participants.”
Spruce Grove’s Strategic Plan identifies that the community will become a leading recreation, leisure, and sports community, and be recognized as an event-hosting destination. The Alberta Cup will join a growing list of sporting events hosted in Spruce Grove, including curling, collegiate soccer, ringette, and junior hockey.
“We are thrilled to be hosting this prestigious event in our community next year,” said Spruce Grove Mayor Stuart Houston. “Sports and recreation play an important role in our city and it’s always a pleasure when we are able to bring a large-scale event like the Alberta Cup to Spruce Grove. I have complete confidence that the players, coaches, spectators and everyone else who comes out to enjoy some fantastic hockey will feel right at home during their stay with us.”
The host committee will include municipal representatives, members of Spruce Grove Minor Hockey Association, local businesses and other sports and not-for-profit organizations.
Spruce Grove Minor Hockey Association will be coordinating volunteers for the 2018 event. Anyone interested in volunteering can email [email protected].
The Town of Canmore is hosting the 2017 Alberta Cup, April 27-May 1. Zone selection camps are slated for March 24-26.