Red Deer, Alta - Hockey Alberta and BC Hockey
announced Thursday, November 14, 2013 the 22-player roster that will
represent Team Pacific at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge,
December 29, 2013 to January 4, 2014 in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
Team Pacific is comprised of 14 players from BC and nine players from
Alberta. Hockey Alberta and BC Hockey each identified 23 U17 male
athletes (3 Goalies, 7 Defensemen, 13 Forwards) to take part in the Team
Pacific Summer Camp that took part in Calgary, Alberta on July 24th-28th.
Following the Summer Camp, these players were evaluated during the
first part of their club’s team season by a Team Pacific evaluation
All 22 players on the roster currently play in the Western Hockey League.
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“The selection process for this team was very in-depth and the
coaching staff feels very positive about the roster that’s been
assembled,” said Team Pacific Head Coach, Steve Hamilton. “We think this
is a very deep team with a good combination of skill, size and
character – all the elements needed to play a versatile game.”
The 2014 World U17 Hockey Challenge brings together the top players
in the world born 1997 or later. The tournament is made up of 10 teams;
five (5) from Canada – Quebec, Ontario, Pacific (Alberta, British
Columbia, Northwest Territories, Yukon), Atlantic (New Brunswick,
Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island) and West
(Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nunavut) and five (5) international teams.
Team Pacific will be competing in Group A at the World U17 Hockey
Challenge with Team West, Team Quebec, Sweden and Czech Republic. Group
B will comprise of Germany, USA, Team Ontario, Team Atlantic and
Russia. Team Pacific will play an exhibition game against Russia on
December 28, 2013 before they play their first preliminary round contest
against Team Quebec on December 29, 2013.
“In such a short-term competition, we’ll want to play a high-paced
game, requiring contributions from every player. I feel confident in the
depth and talent of Team Pacific,” added Hamilton.
The gold medal game will be held January 4, 2014 at 7:00pm ET/3:00pm
PST and will be shown on TSN/RDS, Hockey Canada’s official
broadcasters. All other games at the tournament, including preliminary
round contests, placement games, semifinals and the bronze medal game,
will be available through FAST Hockey at www.hockeycanada.fasthockey.com.
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