Sunday, October 11, 2009

Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup Details

Press Release

Red Deer, AB -- The four Western Provincial Hockey Associations – Hockey Alberta, BC Hockey, Hockey Manitoba and the Saskatchewan Hockey Association – in partnership with the Western Hockey League (WHL) are pleased to announce the players and coaching staff competing in the first ever Western Canada Under 16 Challenge Cup.
The Western Canada Under 16 Challenge Cup will be held just north of Red Deer in Blackfalds, Alberta and will feature the highest rated players in the Under 16 age category representing the four Western Provinces of Alberta, BC, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The four team round robin tournament format, which will be held October 28 to November 1, 2009 at the Blackfalds Multiplex, will assist the four Western Provincial Hockey Associations in evaluating these top prospects for future Program of Excellence competitions.

Each Provincial Team was selected by a committee within each of the four Western Provincial Hockey Associations following evaluation camps held throughout this past summer and consist of 20 players – two goalies, six defenceman and 12 forwards. Of the 80 players selected to compete in the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, 78 are top WHL prospects selected in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft including Saskatchewan’s Derrick Pouliot, selected 1st overall by the Portland Winterhawks; British Columbia’s Morgan Rielly, selected 2nd overall by the Moose Jaw Warriors, Alberta’s Matt Dumba, selected 4th overall by the Red Deer Rebels and Manitoba’s Reid Gow selected 16th overall by the Spokane Chiefs.

**Please find complete Provincial Team rosters by CLICKING HERE.

The four Western Provincial Hockey Associations and the WHL are also pleased to announce the officials that have been selected to take part in the inaugural event as part of the Officiating Development Program:

Tyler Adair – Alberta
Mike Campbell – BC
Bryce Sebastian – SK

Linesmen (all from Alberta)
Joel Bruce
Matt Cassidy
Derek Crowley
Fraser Lawrence
Curtis Robb
Kevin Ward

*all games will take place at the Blackfalds Multiplex (5302 Broadway Ave, Blackfalds, Alberta)

Thursday, October 29
Game #1 – Manitoba vs Saskatchewan @ 4:00pm
Game #2 – Alberta vs British Columbia @ 7:00pm

Friday, October 30
Game #3 – British Columbia vs Manitoba @ 4:00pm
Game #4 – Alberta vs Saskatchewan @ 7:00pm

Saturday, October 31
Game #5 – British Columbia vs Saskatchewan @ 12:00noon
Game #6 – Alberta vs Manitoba @ 3:00pm

Sunday, November 1
Game #7 – BRONZE MEDAL GAME (3rd Place vs 4th Place) @ 11:00am
Game #8 – GOLD MEDAL GAME (1st Place vs 2nd Place) @ 2:00pm

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at

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