Total of 108 AFHL players earn Alberta Challenge roster spot

RED DEER – A total of 108 Alberta Female Hockey League players earned themselves a spot at the Alberta Challenge.

On Tuesday, Hockey Alberta announced the names of 120 athletes who will represent their regions at the 2023 Alberta Challenge.

Six teams (three from each of the North and South regions) will compete in a modified round-robin tournament May 4-7 at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer. Two goalies, six defence and 12 forwards comprise each team.

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Regional Camps were held April 7-9 in Cochrane and Beaumont. Female players born in 2008 and 2009 who were registered with a Hockey Alberta or Hockey Canada sanctioned program this season were eligible to tryout.

“Every year I’m in awe of the dedication the athletes demonstrate at the Regional Camps,” said Kendall Newell, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Female Hockey. “The competition at the challenge will truly showcase best-on-best competition and allow for athletes and staff to take the next step on their journeys.”

The Alberta Challenge is the sole female-only event part of Hockey Alberta’s Spring Showcase. It is the first opportunity for athletes, coaches, therapists, equipment managers and administrators to experience short-term competition and an introduction to Team Alberta programming.

The Spring Showcase opens with the Alberta Cup (April 26-30) and wraps with the Prospects Cup (May 10-13). Partnership opportunities are available for the 2023 Spring Showcase and can be found in the document below.

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The Alberta Challenge is a core Hockey Alberta female development program, providing players, coaches, therapists, equipment managers, administrators and referees an equal opportunity to discover the great qualities of competitive hockey. It aids in preparations, evaluation and identification of potential players for Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta program and is a grassroots program.