Hockey Alberta announced on Wednesday the 20 athletes that have been named to the Team Alberta roster for the 2013 National Women’s Under-18 Championship, November 6-10 in Calgary, Alberta.
The selection process at the Team Alberta U18 Spring Camp in May where 88 athletes competed for one of the 46 spots at the Team Alberta U18 Summer Camp. Following the completion of the Summer Camp, the coaching and evaluation staff narrowed the talented field down to 27 players.
The short listed players played in a series of exhibition games against the University of Alberta Pandas and the Bantam AAA Southside Athletic Club in Edmonton, September 27-29.
“The exhibition games gave the coaching staff a chance to see how the players will compete in actual game situations and against some top level talent,” said Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Development, Mike Kraichy. “Trimming the roster from 27 to 20 isn’t easy, there was a lot of back-and-forth amongst the coaches, but we’re confident this time will compete with the best.”
The National Women’s U18 Championship is an event that brings together the top talent from across Canada. The event takes place every year except when the Canada Winter Games are held (every four years). Team Alberta finished seventh in 2011 and 2012.
Of the 20 athletes, 6 are returning from the 2012 team. Three players, Karly Heffernan, Samantha Fieseler and Jessica Healey, played for the U18 Team Canada Female team that played in an exhibition series against Team USA in Lake Placid, New York.
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.