Hockey Alberta has announced the rosters that will compete at the 2011 Alberta Cup set for April 14-17 at Lethbridge, Alberta.
Eight zone teams from across the province – South, Calgary South, Calgary North, Central, Edmonton South, Edmonton North, Northeast and Northwest - will be competing at the 2011 Alberta cup. The rosters are made up of 20 athletes, 3 coaches, 1 trainer and 1 Director of Operations from each zone.
“This tournament is a tremendous opportunity for these young men to showcase their talents. The caliber at the zone tryout camps this year was very high. We feel we have a very strong group of 1996 born athletes,” said Justin Fesyk, coordinator, Team Alberta Male Programs.
The eight zone teams will play in a four day, tournament format competition while also taking part in an education seminar put on by the Western Hockey League. All tournament games will take place at the Nicholas Sheran Arena in Lethbridge.
The Alberta Cup Program begins in March each year with over 1000 players trying out at their respective zone camps. Each of the 160 athletes playing in the Alberta Cup are competing for one of eighty invites to the U16 Male Provincial Camp in July. The U16 Male Provincial Camp is the final stage in the first year of the Team Alberta Program.
The Alberta Cup is the premier event in the province that helps identify the top male players in Alberta. It is well attended by scouts as they prepare for the Western Hockey League’s bantam draft. In addition to player evaluations, the competition is also an opportunity for administrators, coaches, trainers and officials to be evaluated for future positions with the Team Alberta Program.
The Alberta Cup began back in 1986 as a program for midget hockey players. It was held again in 1987 and 1988 then it disappeared until 1993 when it re-emerged as a bantam level competition. The Alberta Cup aids in the preparation, evaluation and identification of potential players for Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta Program.
Former Alberta Cup graduates include such players as Devin Setoguchi, Zach Boychuk, Kyle Brodziak, Dany Heatley, Jay Bouwmeester, Dion Phaneuf, Scott Hartnell, Jordan Eberle, Devan Dubnyk, Andrew Ferrence and Chris Phillips.