Hockey Alberta announced on Friday the top 80 U16 male hockey players that have been selected to compete at the Team Alberta U16 Male Summer Development Camp, July 15-20 in Camrose, AB.
“We’re really excited about this group of athletes,” said General Manager of Team Alberta, Tim Leer. “These players are competing for a chance to represent Alberta in a national event, so the staff expects them to work and play hard all week in Camrose.”
The selection process started at the 2014 ATB Alberta Cup in Strathmore in April where the players were evaluated by Team Alberta staff.
From the Provincial Camp, a selected group of players will be shortlisted and scouted with their club teams until Team Alberta names its 20 players that will make up the roster. The team will compete at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, BC, February 13 - March 1, 2015.
The Canada Winter Games occurs every four years, opposite of the Canada Summer Games. At the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax, NS, Team Alberta Male won the bronze medal, defeating Team Ontario, 5-3.
The U16 Male Summer Development Camp is the final stage in the first year of the Team Alberta Program. Selected players then advance to the Canada Winter Games and then potentially move on to Hockey Canada’s U17 National Program.
Former Team Alberta players include Jordan Eberle, Jay Bouwmeester, Devan Dubnyk, Devin Setoguchi, Braden Holtby, Tyler Myers and Scott Hartnell.