4 Giants Prospects To Play In Western Canada Challenge Cup

Calgary, AB – The four Western Provincial Hockey Associations – Hockey Alberta, BC Hockey, Hockey Manitoba and the Saskatchewan Hockey Association – in partnership with the Western Hockey League (WHL) and Moose Jaw Warriors are pleased to announce the players and coaching staff competing in the 2011 Western Canada Under 16 Challenge Cup.

The Western Canada Under 16 Challenge Cup will be held at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw, SK, October 27 – 30, and 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 will assist the four Western Provincial Hockey Associations in evaluating these top prospects for future Program of Excellence competitions.

Each Provincial Team was selected by a committee within each of the four Western Provincial Hockey Associations following evaluation camps held throughout this past summer and consist of 20 players – two goalies, six defenceman and 12 forwards.  Of the 80 players selected to compete in the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, 69 are top WHL prospects selected in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft including the Giants 1st round pick in 2011 Thomas Foster (Slave Lake, AB), 2nd round picks Payton Lee (Cranbrook, BC) and Reid Zalitach (Winnipeg, MB). Also taking part is Nicholas Jones (Edmonton, AB) who the Giants listed.

The first ever Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup was held in Blackfalds, Alberta in 2009 and was highly successful due largely to the support of the local community and Hockey Alberta.  Of the 80 players who competed in the event in 2009, 50 are now playing in the WHL including top rated prospects for the 2012 NHL Draft; Matt Dumba (Red Deer Rebels), Hunter Shinkaruk (Medicine Hat Tigers), Derek Pouliot (Portland Winterhawks), Griffin Reinhart (Edmonton Oil Kings) and Morgan Reilly (Moose Jaw Warriors).  These same five players recently helped Canada’s National Under 18 team to a Gold Medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament held this past summer.

**Please find complete team rosters attached to the email or visit

*all games will take place at Mosaic Place (Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan)

Thursday, October 27
Game #1 – Alberta vs Manitoba @ 3:00pm
Game #2 – Saskatchewan vs British Columbia @ 7:00pm

Friday, October 28
Game #3 – Alberta vs British Columbia @ 3:00pm
Game #4 – Saskatchewan vs Manitoba @ 7:00pm

Saturday, October 29
Game #5 – Saskatchewan vs Alberta @ 11:00am
Game #6 – Manitoba vs British Columbia @ 3:00pm

Sunday, October 30
Game #7 – BRONZE MEDAL GAME (3rd Place vs 4th Place) @ 11:00am
Game #8 – GOLD MEDAL GAME (1st Place vs 2nd Place) @ 3:00pm

Tournament Passes:                        Day Pass:
Adult- $30                                            Adult- $10
Child- $15                                            Child- $5
Scout- $20
Parents- $20

Tickets available at:          
Mosaic Place Box Office – (306) 624-2050

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