Friday, September 2, 2016
BC Hockey announced September 2, 2016 that Bryce Anderson (Whitehorse, YK) has been added to the list of 31 players shortlisted for potential participation on Team BC at the 2016 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup this fall against Team Alberta, Team Saskatchewan and Team Manitoba. The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup takes place from October 18 – 23, 2016 at WinSport in Calgary, Alberta.
Anderson grew up playing for Whitehorse Minor Hockey Association (MHA) and is now rostered to the Valley West Hawks of the BC Major Midget League (BCMML).
The players on the short list will be evaluated by BC Hockey evaluators and the Team BC coaching staff during the first part of the hockey season with their club team, and the final roster will be announced on October 3, 2016.
The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup will feature the highest rated players in the U16 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 Branches in evaluating the top prospects in this age group for future high performance programs. The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup is made possible through financial support provided by the Western Hockey League (WHL). The majority of players participating in the event were selected in the WHL Bantam Draft in May 2016 and many of these top prospects will play major roles with WHL clubs in the seasons ahead.
Some notable players that have participated as part of Team BC include:
Curtis Lazar – Ottawa Senators
Morgan Reilly – Toronto Maple Leafs
Sam Reinhart – Buffalo Sabres
The U16 Program is the second stage in the BC Hockey High Performance Program, which exposes players, coaches and officials to short term competition. The U16 Program also acts as a precursor to the Hockey Canada High Performance U17 Program, which is used to identify and train players and team personnel for provincial, regional and national teams.