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Male U-16 Camp Kicks Off POE Top-40 From Portage

By Carter Brooks

Photo courtesy of Hockey Manitoba

On Thursday evening the first of three Performance of Excellence Top-40 Hockey Manitoba camps got underway from Portage la Prairie.

Male U-16 Camp Kicks Off POE Top-40 From Portage

After announcing the rosters for the Women’s U-18, Women’s U-16 and Mens U-16 rosters in late April, chosen players gathered at the 2019 Anavet Cup champions Portage Terriers’ home area, Stride Place for three back-to-back camps, beginning with the male U-16 players. These camps serve as extended evaluations in selecting the provincial representatives within the individual age brackets.

The male U-16 camp is made up 24 forwards, 16 defencemen and four goalies, while the female U-16 grouping consists of 25 forwards, 12 defencemen and four netminders. The camps are an opportunity for the 40+ best hockey players within the age category to showcase their best hockey, while gunning for a spot on the provincial teams that will be heading to WHL Cup and the Women’s National Championship this coming fall.

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The camps which run from Thursday, May 9th to the 14th will feature practices, skill training and development, team bonding activities as well as inter-team scrimmages as preparation. Successful participants will move onward in the POE program, with the Women’s National Championship occurring in Morden in November, while the U-16 team will compete at the 2019 WHL Cup in late October. 

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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