Hockey Alberta has cancelled the 2021 Alberta Cup, Alberta Challenge and Prospects Cup.
The decision was made after a review of current Government of Alberta restrictions regarding youth sports, and an evaluation of priority areas pertaining to Team Alberta programming.
As a result, Hockey Alberta will focus on planning High Performance Camps to select its Team Alberta U18 Female and U16 Male squads. These teams will represent the province at Hockey Canada’s U18 Female national championship, and the WHL Cup in the fall. Currently, those events remain scheduled for their normal time frame – October for the WHL Cup, and early November for the U18 Nationals.
The evaluation and selection process for the Team Alberta squads will be different than in previous years. While the format has not been finalized, the following tentative camp dates have been set – subject to Government of Alberta COVID-19 restrictions allowing for meaningful competition to occur.
- 2004- and 2005-born females eligible for the U18 Nationals – tentative dates for selection camps are July 13-18, August 10-15, and September 24-26.
- All camps would be held in Red Deer.
In addition, Hockey Alberta is planning to offer development camps for athletes who would have been eligible for the Alberta Challenge and Prospects Cup.
For 2006- and 2007-born female players (Alberta Challenge), the tentative timeframe for this program is July 26-August 1. More details about these development opportunities will be provided as they are confirmed.
The 2019 Alberta Challenge ran May 2-5 in Leduc.
The Alberta Challenge aids in the identification and selection of potential players for Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta program, with hundreds of players annually trying out for 120 spots (20 positions on each of the six regional teams).
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The Alberta Challenge is a core Hockey Alberta Female Development program, providing players, coaches, therapists, equipment managers, administrators and referees an equal opportunity to discover the great qualities of competitive hockey.
The Alberta Challenge is held alternating years when the Alberta Winter Games are not held. The Alberta Challenge process begins in March, with players trying out at their respective regional camps. The province is divided into North and South regions, with three teams selected from each region. The six teams compete in the Alberta Challenge tournament in May.
The Alberta Challenge aids in the preparation, evaluation and identification of potential players for Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta program, and is a grassroots program.Through the camps, the players are able to measure themselves against other players of the same age and receive instruction from some of the best coaches in the province. For those selected to the regional teams, the Alberta Challenge is a taste of top level competition.