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Team Alberta Female Program

The Female Development program strives to create an environment where players, coaches, trainers and administrators can compete with their peers and approach levels of commitment and excellence that each has the potential to achieve. Players are prepared with the knowledge and skills to progress to the next level.

The Team Alberta U16 path is an important stepping stone toward Team Alberta U18, which competes at the National Women’s Hockey Championship or Canada Winter Games. Players learn what is required of them physically and mentally to progress into the Team Alberta U18 Program.

Alberta Challenge

The Alberta Challenge is held on opposite years (odd-numbered years) of the Alberta Winter Games. It allows for players evaluation and development through regional selection camps and a six-team tournament format. Coaches, trainers and director of operations also are evaluated to continue in the U16 and U18 development path. Players will be selected from regional selection camps with three teams representing each region. U15 aged players (2006 & 2007-born) will be eligible for the 2021 Alberta Challenge. Regional camps are open tryouts and are held in April prior to the Challenge, which occurs in May.


Alberta Winter Games

The Alberta Winter Games are held on opposite years (even-numbered years) of the Alberta Challenge. It allows for player evaluation and development through regional selection camps and a six-team tournament format. Coaches, trainers and director of operations also are evaluated to continue in the U16 and U18 development path. Players will be selected from regional selection camps with three teams representing each region. U15 aged players (2005 & 2006-born) who are registered with Hockey Alberta are eligible for the 2020 Alberta Winter Games. Regional camps are open tryouts.

The 2020 Alberta Winter Games were held in Airdrie from February 14-17.

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Team Alberta U16 Camp

The U16 Female Summer Development Camp is the second stage of the development and identification process that feeds Team Alberta U18. Participants are selected based on their performance at the Alberta Challenge or Alberta Winter Games. The camp includes on and off-ice training and classroom sessions.

Due to COVID-19, the Team Alberta U16 Summer Development Camp has been cancelled.

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The Team Alberta U18 program is the final stage of identification and evaluation towards Team Alberta and one of the stages of identification for Canada’s national programs. Through on and off-ice evaluation, the high performance U18 program works towards the final goal of taking Team Alberta to the National Women’s U18 Hockey Championship or the Canada Winter Games. The U18 Team Selection Process is as follows:

Summer Selection Camp: The Summer Selection Camp is the the first step in the identification and selection of potential players for Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta program that will represent the province at the 2021 U18 Female National Championship. It is open to 2004 and 2005-born female athletes from Alberta who were registered with a Hockey Canada/Hockey Alberta sanctioned program in the 2020-21 season. The 2021 U18 Female Summer Camp will run August 13-15 in Red Deer.

Final Selection: After the summer camp, a shortlist of players are identified to continue through a fall training camp and scouting process. The fall camp will include on and off-ice sessions, and exhibition games. Following the conclusion of the camp, the Team Alberta coaching staff announce the final 20-player roster to compete at the U18 National Championship.

Fall Selection Camp run in September.

Team Alberta: Team Alberta will compete at either the National Women’s Under-18 Hockey Championship or the Canada Winter Games. The National Women’s Under-18 Championship includes a combination of provincial and regional teams: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario Red and Blue, Quebec and Team Atlantic. That event is usually held in November of non-Canada Winter Games years. Canada Winter Games are held every four years, with the next Games set for PEI in 2023.

For more information, contact Kendall Newell, Manager, Female Hockey