A pair of central Alberta hockey players will join Team Alberta Female at the 20th annual National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in 2023 after the rosters were announced at the beginning of November.
Rocky Mountain House’s Dejah Howes and Blackfalds’ Chloe Johnson will join the roster of some of the best U18 Indigenous female youth in the province that will play in Winnipeg May 7-13, 2023.
According to Hockey Alberta, the event “provides a forum for elite U15/ U18 aged Indigenous male and female youth and attracts participation from First Nation, Inuit, and Metis across the 13 provinces and territories. This annual event helps foster cultural unity and pride to celebrate the athletic abilities of Indigenous players from across the country.”
The selection process began in August when players attended a selection camp in Red Deer. Of those, 36 of them were shortlisted for a camp in September. Hockey Alberta and the Indigenous Sport Council of Alberta oversaw the selection process of players and coaches.