2019 WHL Cup



2019 WHL CUP


October 23 – 27, 2019                                                                                                                   

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 2019 WHL Cup will take place October 23 – 27, 2019 at the Markin MacPhail Center-Winsport in Calgary, Alberta.

The WHL 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 23 and conclude on Sunday, October 27, 2019, 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 WHL 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 (2019), and many of these top young prospects will play major roles on WHL Clubs in the seasons ahead.


2019 WHL Cup

October 23 – 27, 2017

Markin MacPhail Centre – WinSport (Calgary, AB)


        *all games will take place at the Markin MacPhail Centre – WinSport (Calgary, Alberta)

Tuesday, October 22
Welcome Day

Wednesday, October 23
Saskatchewan vs. BC – 3:00 pm
Alberta vs. Manitoba – 6:00 pm

Thursday, October 24
BC vs. Manitoba – 3:00 pm
Alberta vs. Saskatchewan – 6:00 pm

Friday, October 25
Manitoba vs. Saskatchewan – 3:00 pm
BC vs. Alberta – 6:00 pm

Saturday, October 26
Semi-Final #1 (3 vs. 2) – 1:00 pm
Semi- Final #2 (4 vs. 1) – 4:30 pm

Sunday, October 27
Bronze Medal Game – 9:30 am
Gold Medal Game – 1:30 pm

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 again 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.




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


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


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


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 – Philadelphia Flyers

Garrett Pilon, Kamloops Blazers – Washington Capitals


Ty Smith, Spokane Chiefs – New Jersey Devils

Jett Woo, Moose Jaw Warriors – Vancouver Canucks

Carson Focht, Tri-City Americans – Vancouver Canucks

Eric Florchuk, Victoria Royals – Washington Capitals


Peyton Krebs, Kootenay Ice – Vegas Golden Knights

Kirby Dach , Saskatoon Blades – Chicago Blackhawks

Bowen Byram, Vancouver Giants – Colorado Avalanche

Brayden Tracey, Moose Jaw Warriors – Anaheim Ducks

Kaedan Korczak, Kelowna Rockets – Vegas Golden Knights


Kaiden Guhle, Prince Albert Raiders – 2020 NHL Draft Eligible

Connor McClennon, Winnipeg ICE – 2020 NHL Draft Eligible

Justin Sourdif, Vancouver Giants – 2020 NHL Draft Eligible

Josh Pillar, Kamloops Blazers – 2020 NHL Draft Eligible


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Tournament Passes – $30.00 (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:


Purchase Tickets Here

Venue Details


Markin MacPhail Center – WinSport (Home of Hockey Canada)                                                                                                                            

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


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