RED DEER - Seventeen of the top 2001-02 born male athletes living north of the 55th have been selected to represent Team Alberta North for the 2016 Arctic Winter Games.
Hockey Alberta’s Bantam Male squad, along with a Junior Female team, will compete in the Arctic Winter Games March 6-11, 2016 in Nuuk, Greenland (hockey will be played in Iqaluit, Nunavut).
Selection camps ran December 11-13 in High Prairie, and saw athletes (71 forwards, 30 defensemen, 19 goalies) turn out to compete for a spot with Team Alberta North.
"We saw some very talented individuals at this year’s selection camp," said Blake Cosgrove, Regional Centre Northwest Consultant for Hockey Alberta. "Selecting just 17 athletes was quite difficult, but we’re excited with the group that we’ll be sending to the Arctic Winter Games in March."
Female selection camp is set to run January 8-10 in Slave Lake.
The Arctic Winter Games are the world’s largest northern multi-sport and cultural event. The Arctic Winter Games are a celebration of athletic completion, culture, friendship and cooperation between northern contingents. Athletic competition features sports that enjoy worldwide popularity alongside traditional Arctic Sports and dene Games. A significant cultural component featuring visual arts, dance, ceremonies and galas with participants from across the circumpolar region is a pillar of the Games.
Each hockey team is comprised of 17 players and two coaches. Teams participate in a round-robin tournament to determine seeding for medal-round pairings. One gold ulu is awarded in each age/sex class. Teams that regularly participate in ice hockey include Alaska, Yukon, Alberta North, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.