Hockey Alberta announced on Thursday the 35 athletes from the U16 Male Team Alberta Provincial Camp that have been shortlisted for evaluation in preparation for the 2013 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup being held in Calgary, Alberta, October 31st to November 3rd.
Among those on the list are five Medicine Hat Tigers prospects, including the club’s 2013 1st Round WHL Bantam Draft pick David Quenneville (D) of Edmonton.
Also making the shortlist are the Tigers 2013 2nd Round WHL Bantam Drafts pick Ryan Jevne (C), another Edmonton product, and Mason Shaw, a LW from from Lloydminster, AB.
Goaltender Austin McGrath, also of Lloydminster and a 4th Round pick of the Tigers this year, is one of five goaltenders selected.
Defenceman Marshall Skapski of Abbotsford, BC also made the club as an out of province player. Skapski, a 3rd round pick of the Tigers in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft is moving from British Columbia to Calgary.
The selection process started at the Provincial Camp in Camrose where 80 athletes took part in on-ice sessions, dryland training and four scrimmages. Following the camp, the coaching staff faced some extremely difficult decisions to narrow the field down to the 35 players.
“The Provincial Camp was pretty intense, there was a lot of competition and the athletes worked really hard to impress the team staff,” said Hockey Alberta’s U16 Program Coordinator, Jay Pylypuik. “Trying to whittle down the list to just 35 players was really difficult. We can’t wait to watch them develop and eventually come together as Team Alberta.
The top 35 will be scouted with their club teams until mid-October when Team Alberta names the 20 players that will compete at the 2013 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup.
The event brings together the top U16 players from Western Canada. Teams participating include Team BC, Team Alberta, Team Saskatchewan and Team Manitoba.
At the 2013 Western Canada Challenge Cup, Team Alberta won the silver medal losing to Team BC in the gold medal game. Team Alberta has made it to the gold medal game every year this event has been held.
The U16 Male Program is the second stage of the development and identification process that feeds Team Alberta which compete at the U16 Western Challenge Cup and Canada Winter Games (every 4 years).