RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is proud to announce the Team Alberta rosters for the 2016 U16 Male and U18 Female provincial teams.
The U16 Male squad will compete in the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup and the U18 Female team will represent Alberta at the National Women’s U18 Championships.
The U16 Male squad won the 2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup. The team will seek to continue Alberta’s success at the event, Oct. 19-23 at the Markin MacPhail Centre (WinSport) in Calgary.
"We are incredibly pleased to see our roster announced today,” said Head Coach Bram Stephen. “The 20 young men we have selected are deep in skill and character, and our coaching staff is excited to start working with the athletes and help Team Alberta become a strong cohesive unit."
The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup will feature the highest-rated players in the under-16 age category from the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The four-team round robin tournament is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence for players.
The majority of players participating in the event were selected in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft or have since been listed by WHL Clubs. The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup is made possible through financial support provided by the WHL and Hockey Canada.
For ticket, schedule and roster information for the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, click here.
The U18 Female team heads to the National Women’s U18 Championships in Regina, Nov. 9-13, looking to improve on last year’s eighth-place finish.
"As a staff, we are incredibly excited about the team we’ve been able to assemble,” said Head Coach Carla MacLeod. “It’s a group that is willing to earn their opportunities and we’re all looking forward to representing Alberta with pride next month."
Prior to the Nationals, the U18 Female squad will play an exhibition game in Calgary on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. against the Bantam AAA Calgary Flames at the Kyle Stuart Arena, located at Edge School for Athletes, 33055 Township Road 250 in Calgary.
The National Championship event brings together the top U18 female players from across Canada in an eight-team tournament, featuring teams from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario (Red and Blue), Quebec and Atlantic.
For schedule and ticket information for the National Women’s U18 Championships, click here.