Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The Under 16 Team BC is on their way to Calgary today for the 2012 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup which starts Thursday, November 1, 2012. Team BC will play their first game tomorrow night at 7:00pm against Team Alberta.
Last night, Team BC completed the final event of their pre-stage training with an exhibition game against the BC Major Midget League Greater Vancouver Canadians. It was an exciting game for both teams and the fans that came out to support the boys. Team BC edged the Canadians with a final score of seven (7) to two (2).
Today the coaches announced Mathew Barzal will be Team BC’s captain, while Matthew Bradley, Chaz Reddekopp and Jansen Harkins will be assistant captains. Team BC is comprised of the top 20 players in the Under 16 age category chosen after a five (5) day Provincial camp held in July.
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.
You can follow Team BC’s journey at the 2012 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup on Twitter @U16TeamBCHockey.
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