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2016 WESTERN CANADA U16 CHALLENGE CUP 

September 28th, 2016                                                                                                                   

Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League, in partnership with the four Western Provincial Hockey Associations – Hockey Alberta, BC Hockey, Hockey Manitoba and the Saskatchewan Hockey Association – in association with Hockey Canada, are pleased to announce that the 2016 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup will take place October 19 – 23, 2016 at the Markin MacPhail Center-Winsport in Calgary, Alberta.

The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup will feature the highest rated players in the Under 16 age category representing the four Western Provinces of Alberta, BC, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The four team round robin tournament format, which will open Wednesday, October 19 and conclude on Sunday, October 23, 2016, is the first step in the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence. In addition, the event assists the four Western Provincial Hockey Associations in evaluating top prospects in this age group for future high performance programs. The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup is made possible through financial support provided by the WHL and Hockey Canada. The majority of the players participating in the event were selected in the WHL Bantam Draft in May (2016), and many of these top young prospects will play major roles on WHL Clubs in the seasons ahead.

 

GAME SCHEDULE

Wednesday, October 19

3:00 pm – Manitoba @ British Columbia
6:30 pm – Saskatchewan @ Alberta

Thursday, October 20
3:00 pm – British Columbia @ Saskatchewan
6:30 pm – Alberta @ Manitoba

Friday, October 21
3:00 pm – Saskatchewan @ Manitoba
6:30 pm – British Columbia @ Alberta

Saturday, October 22
1:00 pm – Semi-Final (3rd Place @ 2nd Place)

Sunday, October 23
9:00 am – Bronze Medal Game (4th @ 3rd Place)
1:00 pm – Gold Medal Game (2nd @ 1st)

 

EVENT HISTORY

The first ever Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup was held in Blackfalds, Alberta in 2009 and featured four of the top eight players selected in the 2012 NHL Draft. In 2010, the Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup was not contested due to the Canada Winter Games. In 2011, the Moose Jaw Warriors and Saskatchewan Hockey Association hosted the event at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. In 2012, the tournament was hosted in Calgary at Father David Bauer Arena, the home of the WHL. In 2013, the tournament was hosted in Calgary at the Father David Bauer Arena, the home of the WHL. In 2014, the Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup was not contested due to the Canada Winter Games.

 

PAST PLAYERS

2009                                                                                                                                                    

Matt Dumba, Red Deer Rebels – Minnesota Wild

Derek Pouliot, Portland Winterhawks – Pittsburgh Penguins

Griffin Reinhart, Edmonton Oil Kings – Edmonton Oilers

Morgan Reilly, Moose Jaw Warriors – Toronto Maple Leafs

2011                                                                                                                                                    

Jake Virtanen, Calgary Hitmen – Vancouver Canucks

Jayce Hawryluk, Brandon Wheat Kings – Florida Panthers

Connor Bleackley, Red Deer Rebels – Colorado Avalanche

Brayden Point, Moose Jaw Warriors – Tampa Bay Lightning

Ryan Gropp, Seattle Thunderbirds – New York Rangers

2012                                                                      

Mathew Barzal, Seattle Thunderbirds – New York Islanders

Nick Merkley, Kelowna Rockets – Arizona Coyotes

Jansen Harkins, Prince George Cougars – Winnipeg Jets

Brendan Guhle, Prince Albert Raiders – Buffalo Sabres

2013                                                                  

Tyler Benson, Vancouver Giants – Edmonton Oilers

Sam Steel, Regina Pats – Anaheim Ducks

Kale Clague, Brandon Wheat Kings – Los Angeles Kings

Nolan Patrick, Brandon Wheat Kings – 2017 NHL Draft

Garrett Pilon, Kamloops Blazers – Washington Capitals

2015

Ty Smith, Spokane Chiefs – 2018 NHL Draft Eligible

Jett Woo, Moose Jaw Warriors – 2018 NHL Draft Eligible

Carson Focht, Tri-City Americans – 2018 NHL Draft Eligible

Eric Florchuk, Victoria Royals – 2018 NHL Draft Eligible

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Kirt Hill, Senior Manager, Hockey Operations, Email: hillk@whl.ca, Phone: (403) 693-3058

Greg Thomson, Hockey Operations Intern, Email: hockey_operations@whl.ca, Phone: (403) 693-3044

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Tickets


Tournament Passes – $40.00 (taxes applicable)          

On-site ticket sales will begin one (1) hour prior to the start of the first game, each day of the tournament. Please visit the ticketing website below to purchase:

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Rosters

TEAM ALBERTA

Alberta

TEAM BRITISH COLUMBIA

BC

TEAM MANITOBA

MB

TEAM SASKATCHEWAN

SASK

Schedule | Results


CLICK HERE for WHL LIVE broadcasts’ of the 2016 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, during the week of October 19 – 23, 2016.

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Wednesday, October 19

3:00 pm – Manitoba (3) @ British Columbia (7)
6:30 pm – Saskatchewan (3) @ Alberta (4)

Thursday, October 20
3:00 pm – British Columbia (5) @ Saskatchewan (3)
6:30 pm – Alberta (5) @ Manitoba (1)

Friday, October 21
3:00 pm – Saskatchewan (3) @ Manitoba (2) OT
6:30 pm – British Columbia (1) @ Alberta (2)

Saturday, October 22
1:00 pm – Semi-Final – Saskatchewan (1) vs. BC (2)

Sunday, October 23
9:00 am – Bronze Medal Game – Manitoba (4) @ Saskatchewan (1)
1:00 pm – Gold Medal Game – BC (2) @ Alberta (3) OT

ROUND-ROBIN STANDINGS
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS GF GA
Alberta 3 3 0 0 0 9 11 5
BC 3 2 1 0 0 6 13 8
Saskatchewan 3 1 2 0 0 3 9 11
Manitoba 3 0 2 1 0 1 6 15

 

LEADERS

Top Scorers          
Name Team GP G A PTS
Joshua Williams BC 5 5 3 8
Massimo Rizzo BC 5 2 6 8
Logan Barlage SK 5 4 3 7
Ethan Leyh BC 5 3 4 7
Payton Krebs AB 4 2 4 6
Mitchell Brown BC 5 2 3 5

 

Top Goaltenders
Name Team GP MIN W GAA SO SV%
Byron Fancy AB 2 120.00 2 1.50 0 0.948
Taylor Gauthier AB 2 121.00 2 2.49 0 0.909
Roman Basran BC 4 239.00 2 2.51 0 0.906
Jesse Makaj BC 1 60 1 3 0 0.87
Nolan Maier SK 4 233 1 3.09 0 0.875

 

Venue Details


Markin MacPhail Center – WinSport (Home of Hockey Canada)                                                                                                                            

88 Canada Olympic Rd SW, Calgary, Alberta T3B 5R5, Phone: (403) 247-5492

 

Event Partners


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Live Games


CLICK HERE for WHL LIVE broadcasts’ of the 2016 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, during the week of October 19 – 23, 2016.