Medicine Hat, AB — The WHL in partnership with BC Hockey, Hockey Alberta, Saskatchewan Hockey Association, Hockey Manitoba and Hockey Canada announced team rosters for the 2016 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup which will begin October 19th at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, AB.
The Tigers will send 6 prospects, all from the 2016 Bantam Draft this past May which includes 1st Round Pick (5th Overall) Josh Williams who will play on Team British Columbia. Joining Williams on the BC squad will be 2nd Round Pick (34th Overall) Henry Rybinski and 3rd Round Pick (63rd Overall) Jalen Price. All three prospects have been signed by the Tigers, as they inked their first 5 draft picks earlier this summer.
Heading to Calgary will also be 2nd Rounder (28 overall) defenseman Daniel Baker who will play on Team Alberta. Baker is the only Tigers prospect to make the team. Joining Baker is 3rd Round Pick (55th Overall) Ryden Fedyck, playing for Team Manitoba and 4th Round selection Mattie Boonstra who will also patrol the Manitoba blue line in the coming weeks.
The Tigers would like to congratulate all 6 prospects on making their respective teams and good luck!
The tournament will be a four-team round robin format and is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence for players.
Further information on the event can be found at prospects.whl.ca/U16ChallengeCup.
Early Bird Ticket Information
Early bird tournament passes featuring all nine games are now on sale until October 16th at a discounted rate of $30 per pass ($10 savings). After the 16th, tickets can be purchased online or at the event.
Click HERE to purchase your early bird tournament pass.
Minor hockey teams can take advantage of an exclusive discount to take in a game during the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup with their teammates. Minor hockey teams can purchase 20 tickets for $100 by contacting Kayley Edgar at email@example.com.
Wednesday, October 19th
3:00 – 5:30 p.m. – Team Manitoba @ Team British Columbia
6:30 – 9:00 p.m. – Team Saskatchewan @ Team Alberta
Thursday, October 20th
3:00 – 5:30 p.m. – Team British Columbia @ Team Saskatchewan
6:30 – 9:00 p.m. – Team Alberta @ Team Manitoba
Friday, October 21st
3:00 – 5:30 p.m. – Team Saskatchewan @ Team Manitoba
6:30 – 9:00 p.m. – Team British Columbia @ Team Alberta
Saturday, October 22nd
1:00 – 3:30 p.m. – Semi-Final (2nd vs. 3rd)
Sunday, October 23rd
9:00 – 11:30 a.m. – Bronze Medal Game (Semi-Final runner-up vs. 4th)
1:00 – 3:30 p.m. – Gold Medal Game (1st vs. Semi-Final winner)
About the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup
The majority of players participating in the event will have been selected in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft or have since been listed by WHL Clubs. The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup has been sponsored since 2009 by the WHL and has been made possible through financial support provided by the WHL, Hockey Manitoba, BC Hockey, Hockey Alberta, Saskatchewan Hockey Association and Hockey Canada.
This year will mark the sixth year of the event. The first ever Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup was held in Blackfalds, Alberta in 2009 and featured four of the top eight players selected in the 2012 NHL Draft. In 2010, the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup was not contested due to the Canada Winter Games. In 2011, the Moose Jaw Warriors and Saskatchewan Hockey Association hosted the event at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. In 2012, the tournament was hosted in Calgary at Father David Bauer Arena, the home of the WHL. In 2013, the tournament was again hosted in Calgary at Father David Bauer Arena. In 2014, the Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup was not contested due to the Canada Winter Games.
Team Alberta is a four-time champion of the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, capturing the title in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015, while Team British Columbia won the event in 2012.