RED DEER – The eight female hockey teams that will battle it out at the 2016 Alberta Winter Games are now set.
The player rosters for the eight zone teams in the female competition, along with the staff for each team, were announced on December 8. The teams will compete against each other at the 2016 Alberta Winter Games in Medicine Hat, February 13-16.
Teams were selected to represent each of the province’s zones: Sunny South, Big Country, Calgary, Parkland, Yellowhead/Blackgold, Edmonton, Northeast and Peace Country. Each team includes two goalies, six defense, and 12 forwards. Team staff includes a head coach, two assistant coaches, a coach mentor, and a director of hockey operations.
Roughly 600 2001-2004 born players attended zone selection camps held at locations across the province, December 4-6.
“We were very impressed with the turn-out we saw this past weekend at every zone camp,” said Mike Kraichy, manager of Team Alberta. “We’d also like to thank all the volunteers who came out for these camps, as well as the male camps the previous weekend. We couldn’t do it without them.”
The Alberta Winter Games is a multi-sport event for developing athletes, aged 11-17 years old. The Winter Games were first hosted in 1976 in Banff, and occur each even-numbered year. The athletes are selected to represent the eight zones in Alberta in 20 sports such as hockey, badminton, gymnastics, skiing and skating.
Hockey Alberta coordinates the ice hockey portion of the Winter Games, as a core segment of its Development Program. The Winter Games provide players, coaches, trainers and referees an opportunity to discover the great qualities of competitive hockey starting with the zone camp and selection process, through to competing in the Games.