Reid Duke (Calgary, Alta) scored the game winning goal and added an assist leading Team Alberta U16 Male to a 10-4 win over Team Manitoba claiming the gold medal at the 2011 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
Team Alberta finished the tournament with a perfect 4-0 record posting 23 goals for and allowing only 9 goals against.
The victory marks the second time that Team Alberta has won this tournament after also defeating Team Manitoba in the inaugural event in 2009 in Blackfalds, Alta.
Team British Columbia beat out Team Saskatchewan 5-4 to win the bronze medal earlier in the day.
The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup is a partnership between the four Western Provincial Hockey Branches - Hockey Alberta, BC Hockey, Hockey Manitoba and the Saskatchewan Hockey Association – and the Western Hockey League (WHL). The event only occurs in the off years of the Canada Winter Games.
The event features the highest rated players in the Under 16 age category representing the four Western Provinces of Alberta, BC, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup is the final event in the first year of the Team Alberta Male program. Selected players then advance to the second year of the program (U17) where they compete for a roster spot on Team Pacific.
Former Team Alberta players include 2011 WHL Rookie of the Year, Matt Dumba, and NHL’ers Jordan Eberle, Jay Bouwmeester, Devan Dubnyk, Devin Setoguchi and Tyler Myers.