RED DEER – Team Alberta’s U18 Female hockey team is headed east to Prince Edward Island to defend its Canada Winter Games title.
The team, fueled by Gatorade, is slated to begin their journey on Monday, February 27 versus Nova Scotia at 4:30 pm (MT). With Manitoba and Ontario also in their pool, round robin action will continue through Wednesday. The tournament will conclude on March 5.
This year’s team is striving to earn Alberta’s fourth consecutive Winter Games medal. Alberta won gold in 2019 and 2011 and bronze in 2015. Aside from the current record, Alberta has an additional gold (1991) and bronze (1999) medal, to total five podium finishes in eight appearances.
“We’re focused on the next seven days of competition. This is a new year and every day is a new day with a new game,” said Kendall Newell, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Female Hockey. “Our goal is to find success in the little things that both the logo on the front and name on the back can be proud of.”
Two goaltenders, six defence and 12 forwards make up Team Alberta. The entire roster has experience participating in short-term competition in the Team Alberta program.
Prior to departing for the Games, Team Alberta U18 Female announced their leadership group. Sporting the “C” will be Robyn Brokenshire, with assistant captains Hanna Perrier, Sadie Makokis, Summer Fomradas.
The selection process for the Canada Winter Games began in the 2021-22 season, where athletes were evaluated with their Hockey Canada sanctioned team. In July, Hockey Alberta invited 72 female athletes born in 2005-07 to the U18 Summer Camp, in Red Deer. Twenty-eight players were shortlisted and invited back to Red Deer in September for the U18 Fall Selection Camp. Following the selection camp, athletes continued to be scouted with their teams through the fall.
Games can be streamed live on canadagames.ca.