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U16 & U17 Male Short List Rosters Announced 

Hockey Alberta announced on Friday the top 34 U16 male hockey players that have been short listed for further evaluation in preparation to represent Team Alberta at the 2011 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.


80 players were evaluated at the Team Alberta U16 Provincial Development Camp in July in Camrose.  The 34 short listed players will now be scouted with their club teams until the final 20 player Team Alberta roster is named.

“Our goal is to assemble the most competitive team possible for the Western Canada Challenge Cup,” said Team Alberta Director of Operations, Don Keith. “It was tough to narrow this group down to 34, but we’re excited to watch these young men progress with their clubs teams once the season starts.”

The Challenge Cup pits Alberta against the other three Western provinces. 2011 will be the second year for this event; Alberta captured gold in 2009 with a 6-4 win over Manitoba.

Mathew Dumba and Hunter Shinkurak, who are currently playing for Team Canada at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Tournament were part of the 2009 Team Alberta U16 Team.

Hockey Alberta also announced on Friday the top 32 U17 male hockey players that have been short listed for further evaluation in preparation to represent Team Pacific at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, December 29 - January 4, in Windsor, Ontario.


The 32 players shortlisted were selected from a group of 46 athletes that competed at Team Alberta’s U17 Provincial Camp in July. The shortlisted players will now be scouted with their club teams until Team Alberta names their 11 athletes to the Team Pacific final roster in November. Team Pacific combines the top 11 players from Alberta (identified, selected and developed through the Team Alberta Program) and the top 11 players from British Columbia.

“Short listing these players is no easy feat,” said Team Alberta Male Coordinator, Justin Fesyk. “The group of players that came to Provincial Camp was very talented, and trying to put together a team that can come together in a short tournament and play a team game is difficult.”

 The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge is the pinnacle event for an athlete in the Team Alberta Program and it is the first stage of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, which in turn, leads to the National Team Canada U18 and U20 Programs. Team Pacific will have the opportunity to compete against four other Canadian Teams (West, Ontario, Quebec, Atlantic) and five other national teams from the USA, Finland, Russia, Sweden, and the Czech Republic.

The Team Alberta Program prepares athletes for this prestigious international event by preparing and exposing them to short term competition throughout the Team Alberta process.

At the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, Team Pacific came home with the bronze medal after beating Team Quebec 5-4 in overtime.

Past Albertan Team Pacific players include Jarome Iginla, Dion Phaneuf, Mike Green, and Devin Setoguchi.


Sign Up Now For Dodge Caravan Kids 

Hockey Alberta is now accepting registrations for ALL NOVICE teams in Alberta to join the Dodge Caravan Kids Program! The program, now in its fourth year has grown to 210 teams and awarded $222,500 in sponsorship funds to participating teams. 

Here in Alberta, through the Dodge Caravan Kids Program, Hockey Alberta has partnered with your local Alberta Dodge Chrysler Jeep Retailers to fund these novice teams in hockey towns across the province. These funds are an effort to contribute to the development of minor hockey players at the grassroots level. We are pleased to be a part of this program and offer you the opportunity for corporate sponsorship at the local level.

This easy four step program is an opportunity to gain $500 per novice team in sponsorship money, and the first step is to register! To register simply complete, in full, the Team Contact Information Form for each participating team.


Under-18 Female Short List Announced 

Hockey Alberta announced on Wednesday the 27 athletes from the U18 Female Team Alberta Provincial Camp that have been short listed for evaluation in preparation for the 2011 National Women’s Under 18 Hockey Championships.


The selection process started with A Spring Selection Camp in May where a combined total of 80 athletes met to compete for one of 47 spots at Provincial Camp in July. Following Provincial Camp, the coaching staff was faced with some extremely difficult decisions to narrow the talented field down to 27 players.

“Provincial Camp gave us the chance to really see what these girls can do,” said Team Alberta Female Coordinator, Mike Kraichy. “Making these types of decisions is never easy, but we’re confident we’ve selected a solid mix of players – who have the best chance of representing Team Alberta.”

The short listed players will compete at an elite female tournament against CIS and other provincial teams September 23 - 25 in Regina, Saskatchewan. Following the tournament, the short listed players will then be scouted with their club teams until Team Alberta names its 20 player roster that will compete at the 2011 National Women’s Under 18 Hockey Championships, November 2 - 6, 2011 in Saguenay, Quebec.

The Championships bring together the top U18 female players from across Canada.  Teams participating include a combination of provincial and regional teams: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, two teams from Ontario, Quebec, and Team Atlantic (New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador).

U18 Female is the final stage of the Team Alberta Female Program and one of the initial stages that Hockey Canada uses to help identify players for the National Program.