SaskFirst Male U16 Summer Camp Begins Today
The Saskatchewan Hockey Association (SHA) is set to begin their annual Male U16 Summer Camp today - Monday July 31st at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, as part of their SaskFirst High Performance Program. It will feature the top 42 players from across the province who will be striving to make the cut, get an invite to the fall camp, and ultimately be selected to be a part of the 2017 edition of the U16 Male Team Saskatchewan.
Over the course of the five day camp the players will have not only their on-ice abilities tested, but will undergo off-ice evaluation and interviews as well as fitness testing. In the end, the players selected to move on to the next phase of this elite program must not only be good hockey players but good people. All those who will be attending know that they will be evaluated based on their hockey IQ, skills, ability and competitive level as well as their intensity, character, and attitude. The SHA believes that all Team Saskatchewan players must be elite in all aspects, which includes both on and off the ice.
The SaskFirst High Performance Program now begins every December with regional camps and is open to all second year Bantam aged players from across the province. The top players are then invited to take part in the SaskFirst Prep Tournament held in late December before returning to the ice at the annual April Tournament at which time the top 42 are chosen to attend summer camp. The SaskFirst Program is a gateway to Hockey Canada’s High Performance Program which includes their National Teams such as the World Juniors. There is a long list of notable players who have gone through the Bantam SaskFirst Program which includes NHL players Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks), Brayden Schenn (Philadelpia Flyers) and Derrick Pouliot (Pittsburgh Penguins) just to name a few.
The SHA takes great pride in the Bantam SaskFirst program which follows the Saskatchewan Development Model (SDM) – a partnership the SHA developed with the Western Hockey League (WHL), Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) and Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League (SMAAAHL) to create an athlete focused development program.
The SHA created this elite SaskFirst Program to ensure not only players, but coaches and officials all receive ample opportunity for development both on and off the ice. The SaskFirst Program is unique as no other provincial branches offer such as in depth developmental program for athletes, coaches and officials. It remains the mission of the SHA to Lead, promote and develop positive hockey experiences across the entire Province of Saskatchewan.
The Male U16 Fall Camp will take place September 14th-17th when the players will compete in an exhibition tournament with three Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League (SMAAAHL) teams in Wilcox. Once the 2017 Male U16 Team Saskatchewan is selected, they will participate in the Annual U16 Western Branch Challenge which takes place in Calgary in October.
For summer camp rosters and schedule CLICK HERE.
For all media inquiries please contact:
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Saskatchewan Hockey Association
Tel (306) 789-5101