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2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup

                                             

2015 WESTERN CANADA U16 CHALLENGE CUP 

October 5, 2015                                                                                                                  

Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League, in partnership with the four Western Provincial Hockey Associations – Hockey Alberta, BC Hockey, Hockey Manitoba and the Saskatchewan Hockey Association – in association with Hockey Canada, are pleased to announce that the 2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup will take place October 28 – November 1, 2015 at the Markin MacPhail Center-Winsport in Calgary, Alberta.

At a media conference in the Hockey Canada Hall of Champions the team rosters were announced:

PLEASE SEE ROSTERS TAB ABOVE

The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup will feature the highest rated players in the Under 16 age category representing the four Western Provinces of Alberta, BC, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The four team round robin tournament format, which will open Wednesday, October 28 and conclude on Sunday, November 1, 2015, is the first step in the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence. In addition, the event assists the four Western Provincial Hockey Associations in evaluating 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 WHL and Hockey Canada. The majority of the players participating in the event were selected in the WHL Bantam Draft in May (2015), and many of these top young prospects will play major roles on WHL Clubs in the seasons ahead.

                                                                 GAME SCHEDULE
        *all games will take place at the Markin MacPhail Centre – WinSport (Calgary, Alberta)

       CLICK HERE for WHL LIVE broadcasts’ of the 2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup.

Wednesday, October 28
3:00 pm – Saskatchewan @ Manitoba
7:00 pm – British Columbia @ Alberta

Thursday, October 29
3:00 pm – Alberta @ Saskatchewan
7:00 pm – British Columbia @ Manitoba

Friday, October 30
3:00 pm – Saskatchewan @ British Columbia
7:00 pm – Manitoba @ Alberta

Saturday, October 31
1:00 pm – Semi-Final (2nd Place vs 3rd Place)

Sunday, November 1
9:30 am – Bronze Medal Game (Semi-Final Loser vs 4th Place)
1:30 pm – Gold Medal Game (1st Place vs Semi-Final Winner)

                                                             TICKET INFORMATION

Tournament Passes:                Day Pass:

Adult- $40                                     Adult – $15

Student & Senior – $35               Student & Senior – $10

Youth (14 & Under) – Get in FREE with Minor Hockey Jersey or Halloween Costume (Wednesday-Sunday) 

Early-Bird Tournament Pass – $30 

Note: A ‘Day Pass’ is valid for both games on any particular day, Seniors (60+), Students (15-24). Ticket sales available online for ‘Early-Bird’ pricing until October 25th, all additional ticket sales will be available at the venue. On-site ticket sales will begin one (1) hour prior to the start of the first game, each day of the tournament. Please visit the ticketing website below to purchase:  

 

EVENT HISTORY

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 U-16 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 hosted in Calgary at the Father David Bauer Arena, the home of the WHL. In 2014, the Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup was not contested due to the Canada Winter Games.

PAST PLAYERS

2009                                                                                                                                                     Matt Dumba, Red Deer Rebels – Minnesota Wild                                                                               Derek Pouliot, Portland Winterhawks – Pittsburgh Penguins                                                           Griffin Reinhart, Edmonton Oil Kings – Edmonton Oilers                                                                 Morgan Reilly, Moose Jaw Warriors – Toronto Maple Leafs

2011                                                                                                                                                              Jake Virtanen, Calgary Hitmen – Vancouver Canucks                                                                          Jayce Hawryluk, Brandon Wheat Kings – Florida Panthers                                                               Connor Bleackley, Red Deer Rebels – Colorado Avalanche                                                               Brayden Point, Moose Jaw Warriors – Tampa Bay Lightning                                                             Ryan Gropp, Seattle Thunderbirds – New York Rangers

2012                                                                                                                                                   Mathew Barzal, Seattle Thunderbirds – New York Islanders                                                             Nick Merkley, Kelowna Rockets – Arizona Coyotes                                                                              Jansen Harkins, Prince George Cougars – Winnipeg Jets                                                                   Brendan Guhle, Prince Albert Raiders – Buffalo Sabres

2013                                                                                                                                                   Tyler Benson, Vancouver Giants – 2016 NHL Draft                                                                             Sam Steel, Regina Pats – 2016 NHL Draft                                                                                             Kale Clague, Brandon Wheat Kings – 2016 NHL Draft                                                                       Nolan Patrick, Brandon Wheat Kings – 2017 NHL Draft

CONTACT INFORMATION

Kirt Hill, Senior Manager Player Development          Jeremy Vold, Hockey Operations Intern     Email: hillk@whl.ca                                                       Email: hockey_operations@whl.ca          Phone: (403)693-3058                                                  Phone: (403)693-3030 

                                        

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

All Games Contested at the Markin MacPhail Center

                           

VENUE DETAILS

                                                          Markin MacPhail Center                                                                                                                        (Home of Hockey Canada)                                                                                                                       88 Canada Olympic Rd SW                                                                                                                      Calgary, Alberta T3B 5R5                                                                                                                           Phone: (403) 247-5492 

                             

RESULTS

*Please return for game-by-game results during the week of the event*

 

                                             

TICKET PRICING LIST

  

 Note: A ‘Day Pass’ is valid for both games on any particular day, Seniors (60+), Students (15-24). On-site ticket sales will begin one (1) hour prior to the start of the first game, each day of the tournament. 

   

              

TEAM ROSTERS

Each team will be comprised of a maximum of twenty (20) players, at least two (2) of whom must be goaltenders, on the tournament roster. Each goaltender must start a minimum of one (1) game over the duration of the event. Hockey Canada Rules as applicable for minor hockey will apply.

TEAM BRITISH COLUMBIA

 Download Full Roster Here: 2015 Team BC U16 Roster

 

TEAM ALBERTA

 Download Full Roster Here: 2015 Team Alberta U16 Roster

 

TEAM SASKATCHEWAN

Download Full Roster Here: 2015 Team Saskatchewan U16 Roster

 

TEAM MANITOBA

Download Full Roster Here: 2015 Team Manitoba U16 Roster

EVENT PARTNERS

CLICK HERE for WHL LIVE broadcasts’ of the 2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, during the week of October 26 – November 1, 2015.