RED DEER – Seventeen athletes from the Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL) have been shortlisted in hopes of earning a spot on the Team Alberta roster that will compete at the 2023 Canada Winter Games.
Fifteen players from the U18 AAA division and two from the U15 AA division were shortlisted. In total, six of the AFHL clubs are represented, including: Edmonton, Girls Hockey Calgary, Okotoks, Olds, Red Deer and St. Albert.
Shortlisted players will participate in the Fall Camp, September 23-25 in Red Deer. The Fall Camp is the final provincial camp in preparation for the selection process for the 2023 Canada Winter Games in Prince Edward Island. The shortlist includes three goaltenders, nine defenders, and 16 forwards.
Players were selected to the shortlist based on their overall play throughout the Team Alberta scouting process, past Team Alberta programs, and at the U18 Summer Camp in Red Deer, July 12 -17. Seventy-two players were invited to Red Deer, and worked through high intensity on-ice sessions, as well as off-ice training and classroom sessions.
“The athletes at our Summer Camp displayed a level of competition and talent that impressed our (Canada Winter Games staff) group,” said Kendall Newell, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Female Hockey. “We’re excited to bring this group to our Fall Camp for the next step in the Team Alberta process as we prepare for the Canada Winter Games.”
Fall Camp will include on and off-ice sessions, and some exhibition games. Following the training camp, athletes will continue to be scouted with their club teams in the fall. Twenty players will be selected to the Team Alberta roster. The 2023 Canada Winter Games run February 18 – March 5, 2023, in Prince Edward Island while Team Alberta Female will hit the ice Feb. 26 – March 5.