For 120 female athletes from across Alberta, they are preparing for a significant milestone in their young hockey careers.
These athletes have been named to the rosters of six teams that will compete in Hockey Alberta’s 2015 ATB Alberta Challenge, April 29-May 3 in Medicine Hat. The 2000-01 born players were selected from more than 300 who attended a North zone camp held April 10-12 and a South zone camp held April 17-19.
The tournament will feature three squads selected from each of the zone camps. Twenty athletes comprise each roster, along with volunteers serving as head coach, assistant coaches, coach mentor, trainer, and director of operations.
The teams will play in a four-day, tournament-format competition held at the Medicine Hat Arena. Preliminary round play will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with playoffs on Sunday.
“Based on the high level of skills that we saw on display at the zone camps, we are looking forward to some very competitive games during the ATB Alberta Challenge tournament,” said Stacey Pattison, Hockey Alberta coordinator of development programming. “Spectators in Medicine Hat will have the opportunity to see some of the top young female athletes in the province, and will definitely be impressed by their talent.”
In addition to pursuing the ATB Alberta Challenge championship, the athletes are also vying for 60 spots at the U16 Female Summer Camp in July in Camrose. The Summer Camp is the final stage in the first year of the Team Alberta program.