Thursday, October 11, 2012
The four (4) 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 2012 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup tournament schedule and ticketing information. The 2012 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup will take place November 1-4, 2012 at the Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary, Alberta.
The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup will feature two (2) games each day with the opening games scheduled for Thursday, November 1, 2012. The Gold and Bronze Medal match ups will be feature on Sunday, November 4, 2012.
Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup Schedule
Thursday, November 1, 2012
3:30pm (MT) – Saskatchewan vs. Manitoba
7:00pm (MT) – BC vs. Alberta
Friday, November 2, 2012
11:30am (MT) – BC vs. Saskatchewan
3:00pm (MT) – Alberta vs. Manitoba
Saturday, November 3, 2012
11:30am (MT) – Saskatchewan vs. Alberta
7:00pm (MT) – Manitoba vs. BC
Sunday, November 4, 2012
9:30am (MT) – Bronze Medal Game
(3rd Place vs. 4th Place)
1:00pm (MT) – Gold Medal Game
(1st Place vs. 2nd Place)
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 June 2012 and many of these top your prospects will play major roles on WHL clubs in the seasons ahead.
The first ever Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup was held in Blackfalds, Alberta in 2009 and featured four (4) of the top eight (8) players selected in the 2012 NHL Draft; Matt Dumba (Red Deer Rebels), Derek Pouliot (Portland Winterhawks), Griffin Reinhart (Edmonton Oil Kings) and Morgan Reilly (Moose Jaw Warriors). Last year the WHL, along with the Moose Jaw Warriors and Saskatchewan Hockey Association, hosted the 2011 event at Mosaic Place in downtown Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. The event featured many future start who are now entering their rookie season in the WHL including 2011 WHL Bantam Draft first round picks Jake Virtanen (1st overall, Calgary Hitmen), Brycen Martin (2ns overall, Swift Current Broncos), Ryan Pilon (3rd overall, Lethbridge Hurricanes), Jordan Thomson (4th overall, Kamloops Blazers) and Reid Duke (5th overall, Lethbridge Hurricanes).
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