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Local athletes named to Hockey Alberta Challenge rosters

120 players were named to six teams
Red Deer’s Bailey Rogers battles for the puck during the first game of Hockey Alberta’s U16 Female Alberta Challenge last year at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. (Photo by Ian Gustafson/ Advocate staff)

Hockey Alberta announced on Tuesday the 120 athletes set to compete in the 2024 Alberta Challenge in Red Deer.

From May 1-5 at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, six teams will face off in a round-robin style tournament.

The Alberta Challenge, which features only U16 female players, is a part of Hockey Alberta’s Spring Showcase.

The Showcase will open with the Alberta Cup from April 24-28 followed by the Alberta Challenge, and will wrap up with the Prospects Cup from May 8-12.

The Alberta Challenge is the first opportunity for the players to experience a short-term competition and is an introduction to how Team Alberta operates and the culture behind it.

“This year’s group of players is very talented and that was on display at the regional camps,” said Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Female Development, Danielle Wheeler in a media release.

“The competition at Alberta Challenge will truly showcase best-on-best competition and allow for athletes and staff to take the next step in their hockey journey.”

The tournament will feature players who were born in 2009 and 2010 and were selected following regional camps in Cochrane and Beaumont from April 5-7.

The tournament will include multiple players from central Alberta including Heidi Moos (Eckville), Peyton Stephenson (Bentley), Kenzie Sharpe (Lacombe), Jensyn Stephenson (Bentley), Talia Switzer (Wetaskiwin), Addison Shaw (Lacombe), Mabel Weddell (Innisfail), Pacey Small (Sylvan Lake), Macy Morrison (Sylvan Lake), and Taylor Sorenson (Red Deer).

Ian Gustafson

About the Author: Ian Gustafson

Ian began his journalism career as a reporter in Prince Albert, Sask. for the last three years, and was born and raised in Saskatchewan.
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