TEAM SASKATCHEWAN ROSTER ANNOUNCED FOR UPCOMING WHL CUP
Wednesday, Oct. 4th, 2017 - The Saskatchewan Hockey Association (SHA) is pleased to announce the 2017 U16 Male Team Saskatchewan final roster as the team will get set to travel to Calgary to take part in the newly rebranded WHL Cup where they will compete against provincial teams from B.C., Alberta and Manitoba and is hosted in partnership by the Western Hockey League (WHL) and Hockey Canada. It will take place October 17th to 22nd at the Martin McPhail Centre located in Canada Olympic Park. Visit prospects.whl.ca for more information.
The U16 Male Team Saskatchewan roster is comprised of 20 players (two goaltenders, six defencemen, 12 forwards) from 12 different communities across Saskatchewan. This year’s edition of Team Saskatchewan will be led by Notre Dame Hounds Head Coach Clint Mylymok with support from assistants Gordon Burnett (WHL) and Taras McEwan (WHL).
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 Tournament held in late December before returning to the ice at the annual April Tournament. 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 (Vancouver Canucks) just to name a few.
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 U16 Male Team Saskatchewan will make some final preparations when they participate in a three-day departure camp prior to the WHL Cup. Team Saskatchewan’s first game will be on Wednesday October 18th when they will faceoff against Team Alberta.