Hockey Manitoba has released information for its upcoming Program of Excellence, pertaining to the rosters of players set to attend the female U-18 and the male U-16 summer development camps. These events are scheduled to run from August 13-15 at Bell MTS Iceplex.
There will be 46 athletes on each of the rosters, with six goaltenders, 16 defencemen and 24 forwards participating in both the male and female camps. 31 of the females in attendance will be from the Manitoba Female U-18 AAA Hockey League, while 34 of the male athletes stem from the Winnipeg U-15 AAA Hockey League. The remainder will come from sport school programs.
Leading the charge for the female program is head coach Neil Chow, and assistants Jessica Kaminsky and Alana Serhan. The team’s director of operations will be Dustin Stewart. On the male side of things, Jeff Sveinson will serve as head coach, while Jordan Sobkowicz and Jordan Wohlgemuth will be his assistants. Bernie Reichardt will be the team’s director of operations.
From Hockey Manitoba:
While there have been positive changes within the Manitoba Public Health orders, the 2021 Program of Excellence will be significantly different than the usual program format. Hockey Manitoba realizes that athletes have had limited, or in some cases, no access to ice time for the better part of the past 16 months.
As a result, the circumstances surrounding the 2021 Program of Excellence are not ideal when it comes to the selection of athletes. Despite these difficult circumstances, Hockey Manitoba is committed to doing its due diligence when it comes to all decisions related to player selection and evaluation.
The Summer Camps will be the first step in the evaluation process for the 2021 POE. Players that are ultimately selected to represent Team Manitoba will compete at the 2021 National Women’s U18 Championship and the 2021 Western Hockey League (WHL) U16 Cup.