Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Team BC Under-16 Roster Announced

Press Release

BC Hockey announced Tuesday, October 15, 2013 the Team BC’s roster for the 2013 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup taking place October 31, 2013 to November 4, 2013 at the Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary, Alberta.

16 of the 20 players named to Team BC were selected by WHL Clubs in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, including eight players who were chosen in the first round.


“In choosing Team BC, our coaching staff has spent plenty of hours debating.  There are some very good players left off the roster, but we believe the roster we are naming will make British Columbians proud,” said Team BC Director of Operations, Fred Zweep.  “We have a particularly unique group of extremely talented players and we’re confident in the team we’ve put together.”

For the first time in the history of the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, Team BC captured gold in 2012 with a win over Team Alberta in the Championship Game.  Team BC finished the tournament with a perfect 4-0 record and two (2) players were named to the U16 Challenge Cup All Star Team.

The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup will feature the highest rated player in the Under 16 age category representing the four (4) Western provinces of Alberta, BC Manitoba and Saskatchewan.  The four (4) team round robin format is the first step in the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence and assists the four (4) Western Provincial Hockey Associations in evaluating these top prospects in this age group for the future high performance programs.  The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup is made possible through financial support provided by the WHL.  The majority of players participating in the event were selected in the WHL Bantam Draft in May 2013 and many of these top your prospects will play major roles on WHL clubs in the seasons ahead.

The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup will feature two (2) games each day with the opening games scheduled for Thursday, October 31, 2013.  The Gold and Bronze Medal match ups will be featured on Sunday, November 3, 2013.

(Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

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