Hockey Alberta has announced the roster for the U16 Male team that will represent the province at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.
"The depth of hockey talent in this province is significant, which resulted in many difficult decisions for us," said Head Coach Bobby Fox. "Our staff is excited to work with this group of 20 players moving forward to the Canada Winter Games."
Two Red Deer Rebels prospects have made the team, Jayden Grubbe and Kyle Masters, who the team selected in the first round of the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft.
Grubbe has collected 21 points in 20 games this season with the Midget AAA Calgary Buffaloes. Masters has 12 points in 22 games with OHA Edmonton Prep.
Goaltender Drew Sim of Tees, a draft pick of the Vancouver Giants, has also made Team Alberta. Sim is currently playing with Delta Hockey Academy Prep.
Players were selected to the shortlist based on their overall play throughout the Team Alberta scouting process, the Alberta Cup in April, and at the U16 Summer Camp in Camrose in July. Eighty players were invited to Camrose, and from the Summer Camp, a shortlist roster was established and monitored in league play during the first months of the 2018-19 season.
Team Alberta has won 10 medals at the Canada Winter Games, including gold in 1967, 1975, 1999, and 2003, and is coming off a silver medal at the most recent games in Prince George in 2015.
The 2019 Canada Winter Games run February 15 - March 3 in Red Deer, with the Men’s Hockey competition set for February 17-22.
Alberta’s U16 Male hockey eam will meet for Christmas Camp in Red Deer on December 19-21 and will host two exhibition games: Wednesday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m. versus the Red Deer Midget AAA Optimist Chiefs, and Friday, December 21 at 2:00 p.m. against the St. Albert Midget AAA Raiders. Both games will be at the Enmax Centrium, and will be open to the public.
(With file from Hockey Alberta media release)
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