Male hockey will be played during the first week of the Games, Sunday, February 19 – Saturday, February 25. Team Alberta begins its quest on Sunday, with a 9:30 am (MT) start against Team Nova Scotia. Round-robin play will continue through Wednesday.
After winning bronze in 2019, Team Alberta is looking to claim its 12th medal at the Canada Winter Games. Team Alberta’s medal record includes four golds, four silvers and three bronzes in 15 events.
“We have a talented and resilient group set to take the ice,” said Michael Kraichy, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Elite Male Hockey. “This (Canada Games) cycle has presented its own challenges but these are COVID athletes and they have overcome the uncertainty and focused on their development on and off the ice. Together, they’ve come together and are ready to represent Alberta the best they can.”
The team chosen to compete at the Games includes two goaltenders, six defence, and 12 forwards. Eighteen athletes suited up in the 2022 Alberta Cup and 19 were drafted in the 2022 WHL Draft.
The leadership group for Team Alberta was announced on Thursday prior to their departure for PEI. Kadon McCann will lead the group, with assistant captains Jack Kachkowski, Kyle McDonough and Luke Vlooswyk.
Players were selected to the roster based on their overall play throughout the Team Alberta scouting process, past Team Alberta programs and at the U16 Summer Camp. Eighty players were invited to Red Deer, and worked through high intensity on-ice sessions, as well as off-ice training and classroom sessions. From summer camp, thirty-three players were placed on a shortlist, and scouted with their club teams throughout the fall.
Games can be streamed live on canadagames.ca.