Team Sask Rosters Announced
The Saskatchewan Hockey Association (SHA) is pleased to announce the 2015 Team Saskatchewan rosters for the U16 Male and U18 Female Sask First programs.
The Male U16 Team Saskatchewan will now prepare to travel to Calgary to take part in the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup where they will compete against provincial teams from B.C., Alberta and Manitoba. The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup is hosted in partnership by the Western Hockey League (WHL) and Hockey Canada. It will take place October 27th to November 1st at the Martin McPhail Centre located in Canada Olympic Park. Visit www.whl.ca/prospects for more information.
The Female U18 Team Saskatchewan will also be busy as they will officially begin preparations to travel to Huntsville, Ontario to take part in the Nation Women’s U18 Championship November 4th – 8th where they will face-off against seven provincial and regional based teams from across Canada. Visitwww.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/National-Championships/Women/National-U18.aspx for more information.
The U16 Male roster is comprised of 20 players (two goaltenders, six defencemen, 12 forwards) from 11 different communities from across Saskatchewan. Regina Pats Assistant Coach Brad Herauf who serve as Team Saskatchewan’s Head Coach. This edition of the U16 Male Team Saskatchewan’s coaching staff proudly consists of representatives from all the leagues involved in the SHA’s Saskatchewan Development Model (WHL, SJHL, SMAAAHL) as well as representatives from the PJHL and SHA.
The U18 Female team is comprised of players from 17 different communities from across Saskatchewan. The Prairie Storm’s Mike Dumelie returns for his second year as the team’s Head Coach and the remainder of the coaching staff contains members from the University of Saskatchewan, Battleford Stars and SHA.
The Sask First High Performance Program begins every February with zone camps held across the province and are open to all players within the specific age divisions. From there, the top players are invited to take place in the Sask First Tournament held in April at which time the top 42 are chosen to attend the upcoming summer camp and finally the top 26 attend the fall camps as the final step in the selection process. The four stages ensures all players not only have the opportunity to compete with their peers, but receive significant exposure as all Sask First events are highly attended by scouts from a variety of elite leagues. In addition, the Sask First Program is a gateway to Hockey Canada’s High Performance Program which includes both the Male and Female National Teams.
Players who participate in the Sask First program have their on-ice abilities tested, but also undergo off-ice evaluation and interviews as well as fitness testing. In the end, the players who are selected to move on to the next phase of this elite program prove to be good hockey players and most importantly good people. All those who take part in the Sask First program know they are 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 SHA created this elite Sask First Program to ensure not only players, but coaches and officials all receive ample opportunity for development both on and off the ice. The Sask First 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.