TEAM SASKATCHEWAN ROSTER ANNOUNCED FOR NATIONAL WOMEN'S U18 CHAMPIONSHIP
Tuesday, Sept. 26th, 2017 - The Saskatchewan Hockey Association (SHA) is pleased to announce the 2017 Female U18 Team Saskatchewan final roster which will now prep to compete in Quebec City at the National Women’s U18 Championship November 1st-5th.
During the five-day national championship, eight provincial and regional teams will face-off in the tournament style event. Team Saskatchewan will open the championship on Wednesday November 1st when they will meet up against Team B.C.. Visit https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/national-championships/women/national-u18/2017 for more information.
The U18 Female Team Saskatchewan is comprised of 20 players (two goaltenders, six defencemen, 12 forwards) from 11 different communities from across Saskatchewan. Terry Pavely, Head Coach with the Swift Current Wildcats of the Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League (SFMAAAHL) will serve as this year’s Team Saskatchewan Head Coach along with assistants Greg Slobodzian (SFMAAAHL) and Kelsie Graham (SHA).
The SaskFirst High Performance Program begins every February with regional camps held across the province which are open to all players within the specific age divisions. From there, the top players are invited to take place in the SaskFirst Tournament held in April and some are then selected to take part in camps held in the summer and fall as the final step in the selection process. The four stages ensure all players not only have the opportunity to compete with their peers, but receive significant exposure as all SaskFirst events are highly attended by scouts from a variety of elite leagues and schools. In addition, the SaskFirst Program is a gateway to Hockey Canada’s High Performance Program which includes the Women’s National Teams.
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.