Hockey Alberta announced on Tuesday the Team Alberta U16 Male roster
that will compete at the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, October 31 -
November 3, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta.
All 20 players named to
Team Alberta were selected in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, including eight
players who were chosen in the first round.
"Our coaching staff is extremely excited about this group of players.
There were many difficult decisions as the depth of talent in Alberta
this year is exceptional,” said Team Alberta Head Coach, Serge Lajoie.
“It will be an honour and privilege for our entire coaching staff to
work with the final 20 players selected to represent Team Alberta at the
2013 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup."
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The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup will feature the highest rated
players in the Under 16 age category representing the four Western
Provinces of Alberta, BC, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Team Alberta begins tournament action at 7:00pm on October 31 when
they take on Team Manitoba. They’ll face Team Saskatchewan on November 1
at 7:00pm and wrap up against the defending champions, Team British
Columbia, November 2 at 11:00am. All games will be played at Father
David Bauer Arena.
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Team Alberta has won this event twice in its history, winning the
inaugural event in 2009 in Blackfalds, Alberta then again in 2011 in
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. In 2012, Team Alberta placed second, losing the
gold medal to Team BC. The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup only occurs
in the off years of the Canada Winter Games.
The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup is a partnership between the
four Western Provincial Hockey Branches - Hockey Alberta, BC Hockey,
Hockey Manitoba and the Saskatchewan Hockey Association – and the
Western Hockey League (WHL).
“The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup will showcase the top ranked
15-year-old players from all four of the Western provinces,” commented
WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “This is the first step in Hockey
Canada’s Program of Excellence for these players, and this competition
will provide an excellent opportunity to evaluate the top players in
this age category.”
The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup is the final event in the first
year of the Team Alberta Male program. Selected players then advance to
the second year of the program (U17) where they compete for a roster
spot on Team Pacific.
Former Team Alberta players include Morgan Klimchuk, Josh Morrissey,
Mathew Dumba, Jordan Eberle, Jay Bouwmeester, Devan Dubnyk, Devin
Setoguchi and Tyler Myers.
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