Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup

Calgary, AB – The four Western Provincial Hockey Associations – Hockey Alberta, BC Hockey, Hockey Manitoba and the Saskatchewan Hockey Association – in partnership with the Western Hockey League (WHL) are pleased to announce that 2012 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup will take place November 1 – 4, 2012 at the Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary, Alberta.

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 Thursday, November 1 and conclude on Sunday, November 4, 2012, is the first step in the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence and assists the four Western Provincial Hockey Associations in evaluating these 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.  The majority of the players participating in the event were selected in the WHL Bantam Draft in June 2012 and many of these top young prospects will play major roles on WHL Clubs in the seasons ahead.

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; Matt Dumba (Red Deer Rebels), Derek Pouliot (Portland Winterhawks), Griffin Reinhart (Edmonton Oil Kings) and Morgan Reilly (Moose Jaw Warriors).  Last year the WHL, along with the Moose Jaw Warriors and Saskatchewan Hockey Association, hosted the 2011 event at Mosaic Place in downtown Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.  The event featured many future stars who are now entering their rookie season in the WHL including 2011 WHL Bantam Draft first round picks; Jake Virtanen (1st overall, Calgary Hitmen), Brycen Martin (2nd overall, Swift Current Broncos), Ryan Pilon (3rd overall, Lethbridge Hurricanes), Jordan Thomson (4th overall, Kamloops Blazers) and Reid Duke (5th overall, Lethbridge Hurricanes).    

“The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup will showcase the top ranked 15-year-old players from each province and will be one of the most significant hockey events in Western Canada this season,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison.  “This will be the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence for players in this age group and a high level competition such as this will definitely assist with their development as a player.”

The WHL is also pleased to announce the Team Manitoba and Team Saskatchewan rosters, coaches and support staff for the upcoming 2012 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup.


The Team Alberta and Team B.C. rosters will be unveiled at a media conference in Calgary at the Father David Bauer Arena on Tuesday, October 16, more details to follow.

The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup tournament will feature two games each day with the opening games scheduled for Thursday, November 1.  The Gold and Bronze Medal match ups will be featured on Sunday, November 4.  All games will be played in Calgary, Alberta at the Father David Bauer Arena with the finalized schedule to be released next week.

*all games will take place at Father David Bauer Arena (Calgary, AB)

Thursday, November 1
3:30pm – Saskatchewan @ Manitoba
7:00pm – British Columbia @ Alberta

Friday, November 2
11:30am – British Columbia @ Saskatchewan
3:00pm – Alberta @ Manitoba

Saturday, November 3
11:30am – Saskatchewan @ Alberta
7:00pm – Manitoba @ British Columbia

Sunday, November 4
9:30am – BRONZE MEDAL GAME (3rd Place vs 4th Place)
1:00pm – GOLD MEDAL GAME (1st Place vs 2nd Place)


Tournament Passes:
Adult- $30                                    
Senior (65+) – $25                                                          
Youth (13 to 17) – $15

Day Pass:
Adult- $10
Senior (65+) – $8 
Youth (13 to 17) – $5

Advance tickets available HERE

Team Alberta


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No. First Name Last Name POS SH HT WT Hometown DOB 2012-13 Season League WHL Draft/List
1 Patrick Dea G R 5’11” 150 St. Albert 14/03/1997 St. Albert Flyers AMMHL EDM 1st Rd
31 Zachary Sawchenko G L 5’11” 161 Calgary 30/12/1997 Notre Dame Argos SMAAAHL MJ 2nd Rd
2 Bradley Forrest D L 5’9” 150 Calgary 15/09/1997 Calgary Buffaloes AMHL MH 8th Rd
3 Brendan Guhle D L 6’1” 165 Sherwood Park 29/07/1997 Sherwood Park Kings   AMHL PA 1st Rd
4 Maxime Lajoie D L 5’11” 160 Calgary 05/11/1997 Calgary Royals AMHL SC 5th Rd
5 Brady Reagan  D R 6’1″ 190 Blackie 14/08/1997 UFA Bisons AMHL REG 2nd Rd
6 Cameron Reagan D L 5’11” 176 Sherwood Park 19/06/1997 Sherwood Park Kings   AMHL KAM 4th Rd
7 Austin Strand D R 6’2” 170 Calgary 17/02/1997 Calgary Northstars AMHL RD 3rd Rd
8 Brayden Burke F L 5’6” 130 Edmonton 01/01/1997 CAC AMHL RD 7th Rd
9 Ty Comrie F L 5’11” 140 Edmonton 08/08/1997 LA Jr. Kings Tier 1 EHL TC 3rd Rd
10 Hudson Elynuik F L 6’2” 165 Calgary 10/12/1997 Calgary Flames AMHL KTN 3rd Rd
11 Giorgio Estephan F R 5’11” 170 Edmonton 02/03/1997 SSAC Athletics AMHL LET 1st Rd
12 Matteo Gennaro F L 6’1” 165 St. Albert 30/03/1997 St. Albert Raiders AMHL PA 2nd Rd
14 Andrew Koep F L 5’8” 150 Lloydminster 06/03/1997 Lloydminster Bobcats AMHL EDM 2nd Rd
15 Mason Mccarty F R 5’7” 140 Blackie 26/01/1997 UFA Bisons AMHL RD 4th Rd
16 Nick Merkley F R 5’9” 162 Calgary 23/05/1997 Calgary Buffaloes AMHL KEL 1st Rd
17 Grayson Pawlenchuk F L 5’9” 160 Ardrossan 22/03/1997 Sherwood Park Kings   AMHL RD 4th Rd
18 Braylon Shmyr F L 5’9” 140 Calgary 16/05/1997 Calgary Buffaloes AMHL BDN 1st Rd
19 Austin Wagner F L 6’0” 160 Calgary 23/06/1997 Calgary Northstars AMHL REG 5th Rd
20 Jordan Xavier F R 5’8” 145 Calgary 05/08/1997 Calgary Northstars AMHL MH 5th Rd

Team British Columbia


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No. First Name Last Name POS SH HT WT Hometown DOB 2012-13 Season League WHL Draft/List
1 Taz Burman G   5’11” 160 Vancouver 16/02/1997 Vancouver Canadians BCMML RD 2nd Rd
31 Markus Daly G   5’11” 170 Victoria 27/01/1997 South Island Royals BCMML VIC 5th Rd
2 Tanner Browne  D R 5’11” 200 Kelowna 19/01/1997 Pursuit of Excellence   BDN 2nd Rd
3 Kevin Davis D R 5’11” 160 Kamloops 14/03/1997 Kamloops Blazers BCMML EVT 1st Rd
4 Joe Gatenby D R 5’11” 155 Kelowna 15/05/1997 Okanagan Rockets BCMML KEL 2nd Rd
5 Chaz Reddekopp D L 6’3″ 195 West Kelowna 01/01/1997 Pursuit of Excellence   VIC 1st Rd
6 Ty Schultz D R 5’11” 160 New Westminster 15/03/1997 Vancouver Canadians BCMML MH 1st Rd
7 Parker Wotherspoon D L 5’11” 160 Surrey 24/08/1997 Valley West Hawks BCMML TRI 1st Rd
8 Mathew Barzal F R 5’11” 165 Coquitlam 26/05/1997 North East Chiefs BCMML SEA 1st Rd
9 Adam Musil F R 6’2″ 165 Delta 26/03/1997 Vancouver Canadians BCMML RD  1st Rd
10 Matthew Bradley  F L 5’10” 160 Surrey 22/01/1997 Valley West Hawks BCMML MH 2nd Rd
11 Nick Chyzowski F L 5’11” 160 Kamloops 03/06/1997 Kamloops Blazers BCMML KAM 2nd Rd
12 Jake Fletcher  F L 5’10” 160 Surrey 27/11/1997 Valley West Hawks BCMML MH 9th Rd
14 Glenn Gawdin F R 6’2″ 175 Richmond 25/03/1997 Vancouver Canadians BCMML SC 1st Rd
15 Jansen Harkins F L 5’11” 150 North Vancouver 23/05/1997 North West Giants BCMML PG 1st Rd
16 Brad Morrison F L 5’10” 140 Prince George 07/01/1997 Cariboo Cougars BCMML PG 1st Rd
17 Tyler Soy F L 5’11” 160 Surrey 10/02/1997 Okanagan Hockey Academy   VIC 1st Rd
18 Jakob Stukel F L 5’9″ 155 Surrey 06/03/1997 Valley West Hawks BCMML VAN 2nd Rd
19 Justin Szeto F R 5’9” 150 Vancouver 09/02/1997 Vancouver Canadians BCMML n/a
20 Marcus Vela  F R 6’1″ 170 Burnaby 03/03/1997 Burnaby Midget A1 PCAHA SPO 7th Rd

Team Manitoba


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No. First Name Last Name POS SH HT WT Hometown DOB 2012-13 Season League WHL Draft/List
1  Mario Petit G L 5’8 164 Ile Des Chenes 25/07/1997 Eastman Selects MMAAAHL EVT List
35  Tyson Verhelst G L 5’10 175 Brandon 06/08/1997 Brandon Wheat Kings MMAAAHL SPO 3rd Rd
5  Mitchell Dyck D R 6’2 191 Winkler 12/10/1997 Pembina Valley Hawks MMAAAHL MH 6th Rd
10  Ryan Gardiner D L 5’9 175 Winnipeg 25/02/1997 Winnipeg Thrashers MMAAAHL MJ 3rd Rd
8  Jesse Lawrence D L 5’6 163 Brandon 16/02/1997 Brandon Wheat Kings MMAAAHL N/A
6  Thomas Lenchyshyn D R 6’1 178 Steinbach 18/02/1997 Eastman Selects MMAAAHL LET 1st Rd
2  Lawson McDonald D R 5’7 139 Altona 06/08/1997 Pembina Valley Hawks MMAAAHL N/A
3  James Shearer D L 5’8 169 Brandon 23/06/1997 Brandon Wheatkings MMAAAHL CGY 9th Rd
4  Ashton Anderson F L 5’7 123 Rivers 29/03/1997 Yellowhead Chiefs MMAAAHL N/A
13  Garrett Armour F L 6’1 191 Winnipeg 03/09/1997 Winnipeg Hawks City Midget EDM 7th Rd
9  Aaron Boyd F L 5’9 161 Winnipeg 24/05/1997 Winnipeg Hawks City Midget PG 2nd Rd
7  Colt Conrad F R 5’7 151 St. Alphonse 27/04/1997 Pembina Valley Hawks MMAAAHL LET 3rd Rd
12  Jackson Keane F L 5’6 128 Winnipeg 08/04/1997 Winnipeg Wild MMAAAHL SC 4th Rd
19  Travis Kilbrei F L 5’8 159 Arborg 05/03/1997 Interlake Lightning MMAAAHL POR 5th Rd
11  Keegan Kolesar F R 6’0 212 Winnipeg 08/04/1997 Winnipeg Thrashers MMAAAHL SEA 1st Rd
16  Kirkland Lycar F L 5’9 164 Elma 25/06/1997 Eastman Selects MMAAAHL BDN 4th Rd
14  Meyer Nell F L 5’9 162 Boissevain 25/04/1997 Southwest Cougars MMAAAHL RD 5th Rd
17  Braden Purtill F L 5’9 185 Winnipeg 27/04/1997 Winnipeg Thrashers MMAAAHL TC 3rd Rd
18  Jordy Stallard F L 5’9 144 Brandon 18/09/1997 Brandon Wheatkings MMAAAHL CGY 4th Rd
15  Rylee Zimmer F L 6’0 147 Russell 08/03/1997 Notre Dame Hounds SMAAAHL REG 5th Rd

Team Saskatchewan


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No. First Name Last Name POS SH HT WT Hometown DOB 2012-13 Season League WHL Draft/List
1 Logan Flodell G R 5’11” 160 Regina 10/02/1997 Regina Pat Canadians SMAAAHL SEA 3rd Rd
31 Matt Kustra G L 5’10” 165 Yorkton 07/06/1997 Notre Dame SMAAAHL PG 8th Rd
2 Ethan Bear D R 6’ 180 Ochapowace 26/06/1997 Yorkton Harvest SMAAAHL SEA 2nd Rd
3 Shane  Collins D R 6’ 170 Rosetown 20/02/1997 Moose Jaw Generals SMAAAHL PG 3rd Rd
4 Connor  Hobbs D R 6’ 163 Saskatoon 04/01/1997 Saskatoon Blazers SMAAAHL PA 4th Rd
5 Lochlan Morrison D R 6’ 180 Prince Albert 08/07/1997 Prince Albert Mintos SMAAAHL CGY 7th Rd
6 Troy Murray D L 6’ 155 White City 12/09/1997 Regina Pat Canadians SMAAAHL KTN 1st Rd
7 Tate Olson D L 6’1” 170 Saskatoon 21/03/1997 Saskatoon Contacts SMAAAHL PG 2nd Rd
8 Brennan Riddle D L 6’1” 175 Balgonie 27/07/1997 Tisdale Trojans SMAAAHL CGY 1st Rd
9 Brandan Arnold F R 5’6” 130 Dodsland 05/04/1997 Tisdale Trojans SMAAAHL SC 7th Rd
10 Mathew Campese F L 5’11” 165 Prince Albert 10/12/1997 OHA Midget Prep SMAAAHL VIC 3rd Rd
11 Rykr Cole F R 5’10” 160 Moosomin 29/04/1997 Moose Jaw Generals SMAAAHL REG 3rd Rd
12 Terrell Draude F L 6’2” 185 Warman 21/03/1997 Saskatoon Contacts SMAAAHL CGY 2nd Rd
13 Jayden Halbgewachs F L 5’7” 145 Emerald Park 22/03/1997 Regina Pat Canadians SMAAAHL KAM 1st Rd
14 Cameron Hebig F R 5’7” 145 Saskatoon 21/01/1997 Saskatoon Contacts SMAAAHL SAS 3rd Rd
15 Drew Litwin F R 5’10” 145 Wynyard 28/02/1997 Tisdale Trojans SMAAAHL REG 11th Rd
16 Regan Nagy F R 5’11” 160 Ogema 11/03/1997 Moose Jaw Generals SMAAAHL VIC 2nd Rd
17 Lane Pederson F R 5’8” 150 Saskatoon 04/08/1997 Saskatoon Blazers SMAAAHL SEA 5th Rd
18 Wyatt Sloboshan F L 5’9” 150 Saskatoon 24/01/1997 Saskatoon Contacts SMAAAHL SC 3rd Rd
19 Kody White F R 5’10 155 Saskatoon 25/03/1997 Prince Albert Mintos SMAAAHL LET 11th Rd