Alberta’s top up-and-coming female athletes will gather in Medicine Hat for the 2015 ATB Alberta Challenge. Medicine Hat Minor Hockey, in conjunction with the Medicine Hat Hockey Hounds will host the event. Medicine Hat was also the host of the 2013 ATB Alberta Challenge.
“We are very privileged to be hosting this event once again. The last time it was here, it was a big success,” said the General Manager of Medicine Hat Minor Hockey, Brian Varga, who is also the Chair of the Host Committee and a Medicine Hat City Councillor. “We’re looking forward to showing off Medicine Hat’s hospitality and working with Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Hounds to put on a great event and competition.”
The ATB Alberta Challenge is the first-stage of the Team Alberta Program. It provides all players, coaches, trainers and referees an equal opportunity to discover the great qualities of competitive hockey in a well-organized and fair Regional Camp and Select Team competition. It runs every odd year, during the off-years of the Alberta Winter Games. This year, all 2000-01 born female athletes will be eligible to try out for the ATB Alberta Challenge.
The Regional Camps are designed to give all players, coaches, trainers and referees an equal opportunity to show their skills as well as receive top level instruction and evaluation from quality people identified by Hockey Alberta. Teams are then selected (three from the North, three from the South) to participate at the ATB Alberta Challenge. As part of the program an emphasis is also placed on the development and identification of Alberta’s best hockey people, who might have an opportunity to represent Alberta at future national or international events.
“We’re excited to return to Medicine Hat and build on the success that was the 2013 ATB Alberta Challenge,” said Manager of Team Alberta for Hockey Alberta, Mike Kraichy. “The Family Leisure Centre is a great facility to host this event in and the host committee is committed to making this a memorable experience for everyone involved.”
Following the event, 60 athletes are identified and invited to a four day Summer Camp in July. The ATB Alberta Challenge program is designed to feed into the Team Alberta Under-18 Program, where the end goal for the athletes is to make the Team Alberta roster that will compete at the Women’s U18 Hockey Championship or the Canada Winter Games.