Top Saskatchewan Female Hockey Players Gather in Regina for SaskFirst Tournaments
Thursday, April 11th, 2019 - The Saskatchewan Hockey Association (SHA) and SaskFirst High-Performance program are set to welcome the top female hockey players in the Under-18 and Under-16 age categories. All practices and games will take place at the Co-operators Centre in Regina.
The SaskFirst Female Under-18 program is open to all first and second year Midget female hockey players in Saskatchewan. Beginning Thursday, April 11th, the top 67 players will meet up to participate in practice and on-ice testing before taking part in the round-robin tournament. The players competing, represent four (4) teams total, with two (2) from the south region of the province and two (2) from the north. On Friday, the teams will begin competing in a three-day tournament with games set to begin at 3:00 pm and final games set for Sunday morning.
The SaskFirst Female Under-16 program is open to all Bantam aged female hockey players and the weekend will feature eight (8) teams, with four (4) competing out of the south region of the province and four (4) out of the north. Similar to the Under-18 format, the teams will participate in team practices and on-ice testing before the tournament begins. The top 136 players, as chosen at Regional Camps back in February, will compete amongst two (2) divisions of four (4) teams. The round-robin will begin on Friday at 3:30 pm, carrying forward to Sunday morning with the ‘D’, ‘C’, ‘B’ and ‘A’ Final games. During the tournament, each program will be evaluated, and a short list of players will be selected to progress to camps over the Spring and Summer months.
The tournament is also an opportunity for the SHA to work with top-level coaches, officials and trainers from across Saskatchewan in a competitive environment with the hopes to better prepare those individuals for future hockey pursuits.
We wish the best of luck to all participants this weekend!
ABOUT THE SASKFIRST FEMALE PROGRAM:
The SaskFirst Program process ensures 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. In addition, the SaskFirst Program is a gateway to Hockey Canada’s Female High-Performance Program which includes their National Teams. Notable players who have recently gone on to compete at the national level after progressing through all phases of the Female SaskFirst Program include Jessica Campbell (Melville), Emily Clark (Saskatoon), Nara Elia (Saskatoon), Brooke Hobson (Prince Albert) and Sophie Shirley (Saskatoon).