Hockey Alberta camps start this week

A number of Central Albertans will be involved in Hockey Alberta’s provincial development and evaluation camps in Camrose this month.

A number of Central Albertans will be involved in Hockey Alberta’s provincial development and evaluation camps in Camrose this month.

The Team Alberta U18 female camp, which involves 46 players, begins today and runs through Monday. The players will be short-listed and scouted with their club teams prior to the naming of the provincial team to compete in the National U18 women’s championship, Nov. 7-11 in Dawson Creek, B.C.

Three Central Albertans — defenceman Tara Baumgardt and forwards Krista Wilson and Jessyka Holt — are on the roster. Michael Kraichy of Red Deer is the director of operations.

The U16 girls’ summer camp runs from July 23-26 and includes four Central Albertans in defenceman Abagael Thiessen of Red Deer and forwards Jade Lee of Red Deer, Rebecca Davidson of Delburne and Shealee Dolan of Rimbey.

The camp is the second stage of the Team Alberta female program and acts as a development and identification opportunity for the U18 program.

The men’s provincial U16 camp goes from July 16-22 and features 80 players. Following the camp the players will be short-listed prior to naming the final 20 player roster to compete in the Western Canadian U16 Challenge Cup in early November.

Four Central Albertans are on the roster with goaltender Carson Franks from Red Deer, defencemen Jesse Freeborn and Cole Kapak from Red Deer and forward Andrew Perry from Sundre.

There’s also an officiating camp running July 17-22 . It’s the third stage of the development program. A pair from Red Deer — Eric deWit and AJ Nelson — are among the 18 officials on hand. Curtis Nichols of Red Deer and John Jacobs of Stettler are among the instructors and Kyle Baltimore of Red Deer is the coordinator of officiating programs and operations.

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