Hockey Alberta announced on Wednesday, the 35 athletes from the Team Alberta U16 Male Summer Development Camp that have been shortlisted for evaluation in preparation for the 2015 Canada Winter Games that will take place in Prince George, BC, February 13 - March 1, 2015.
Following the 2014 ATB Alberta Cup, 80 athletes were invited to participate in the Summer Development Camp. The athletes took part in on-ice sessions, dryland training and four scrimmages. Following the camp, the coaching staff narrowed the field down to 35 players, including three players who were unable to attend the camp.
“The athletes who attended the Summer Development Camp did exactly what we asked of them, they made the decision-making process extremely difficult,” said Head Coach of Team Alberta, Mike Dyck. “It was a high-intensity week with a lot of competition and the staff was impressed. We can’t wait to watch the players grow with their club teams.”
The shortlisted players will be scouted with their club teams until November when Team Alberta names the 20 players that will compete at the 2015 Canada Winter Games.
The Winter Games bring together the top U16 male players from across Canada. The teams participating are: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon Territory.
At the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Team Alberta won the bronze medal beating Ontario 5-3 in the bronze medal game.
The U16 Male Program is the second stage of the development and identification process that feeds Team Alberta which compete at the U16 Western Challenge Cup and Canada Winter Games (every 4 years).