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.
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.