Mandi Schwartz Challenge - 7th Annual
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF REGINA COUGARS WOMEN'S HOCKEY TEAM
The Mandi Schwartz Challenge began in September of 2010. Mandi was an alumni of the Sask First program and grew up in the SHA’s female programs, eventually making her way to Team Saskatchewan. Mandi played on Team Saskatchewan at the 2003 Canada Winter Games and made the team three additional times. Mandi attended and played her high school hockey in Notre Dame with the Hounds, she then went on to play for the Yale University Bulldogs. In December of 2008, Mandi was diagnosed with cancer (acute myeloid leukemia). Mandi received treatment and returned to Yale for the spring semester, however in April of 2010 Mandi learned that the cancer had returned. Mandi then received a stem cell transplant in September 2010, but later in December learned that the cancer had once again returned. Mandi lost her battle with cancer and passed away on April 3, 2011 at the age of 23. Mandi’s undeniable caring heart and selflessness will never be forgotten. Not only was Mandi an incredible athlete and hockey player, she was an amazing person and will be remembered for that.
This tournament style event features CIS teams from across Western Canada and also works as the final selection phase for U18 Female Team Saskatchewan who then take part in the National Women’s U18 Championship which typically take place in November. The top 25 players chosen from the Summer Camp attend this tournament for Team Saskatchewan. Each player will be evaluated during practices, games, fitness and other intangibles. The top 20 are then selected and will make up Team Saskatchewan.
The Saskatchewan Hockey Association, in partnership with the University of Regina Cougars Women’s Hockey Team, host the Mandi Schwartz Challenge annually in Regina.
2016 Event Information
Participating Teams: U-18 SaskFirst, U of Regina, U of Saskatchewan, U of Manitoba and U of Lethbridge
Location: Co-Operators Centre (Main Rink), Regina, SK
Friday, Sept. 23rd
- 2:00pm - Team Sask U-18 vs U of Lethbridge
- 4:30pm - U of Manitoba vs U of Saskatchewan
- 7:00pm - Team Sask U-18 vs U of Regina
Saturday, Sept 24th
- 4:00pm - U of Lethbridge vs U of Manitoba
- 7:00pm - U of Saskatchewan vs U of Regina
Sunday, Sept 25th
- 9:30am - Team Sask U-18 vs U of Manitoba
- 12:00pm - U of Regina vs U of Lethbridge
- 2:30pm - U of Saskatchewan vs Team Sask U-18