Winnipeg, MB - Hockey Manitoba is pleased to announce the 2017 U18 Team Manitoba roster for the U18 Women's National Championship taking place November 1 - 5 in Quebec City, Quebec. This tournament includes eight (8) provincial and regional teams, including Alberta, Atlantic, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario Blue, Ontario Red, Quebec and Saskatchewan.
Highlighting the roster are 3 returning players from the 2016 U18 Team Manitoba, Ashley McFadden (St. Mary's Academy), Sarah Dennehy (St. Mary's Academy) and Olivia Cvar (Balmoral Hall). Team Manitoba also features two goaltenders (Halle Oswald and Logan Angers) who were invited to the 2017 U18 Women's National Team Selection Camp in Calgary with Halle Oswald being selected as one of the goaltenders for U18 Team Canada. This year's roster sees a split of 11 players from the various sports schools and 9 from the Midget AAA league (MFMHL)
This year's U18 Team Manitoba will be led by Head Coach Ashley Van Aggelen of the Winnipeg Avros (MFMHL). Ashley was most recently the head coach of the U18 Team Manitoba at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George, BC. Assisting Ashley will be Chris McColm of Eastman, Eugene Kaminsky and Gord Woodhall of Winnipeg. Chris McColm returns as an assistant coach after having served in that capacity with the 2016 Team Manitoba in Regina. 2017 will be the first tenure as an assistant coach for Eugene Kaminsky with Team Manitoba after having participated as a coach at various selection camps over the years. Gord Woodhall is returning as goaltending coach for 2017 and will also be taking on the role of video coach at the tournament.
The roster for Team Manitoba was determined through a selection process which included a Spring Camp (68 athletes), a Top-40 Camp (40 athletes) and concluded with a Summer Prep. Camp and the Bison Exhibition Series (27 athletes).
The Female Program of Excellence is designed to provide high performance female players with the opportunity to develop advanced skills as well as an introduction to the concepts needed to play at an elite level. Players from the Program of Excellence go on to play at the USPORTS, NCAA and International level.
Any questions regarding team information or selection can be sent to Dustin Stewart at the Hockey Manitoba office (firstname.lastname@example.org).