Hockey Manitoba is pleased to announce that the Program of Excellence (POE) Summer Camps for the Female U18 and Male U16 programs are scheduled to take place from August 13, 2021 – August 15, 2021 at Bell MTS Iceplex.
The 2021 Program of Excellence will be invitation only. Invited players will be notified via email with full details on registration and cost. On-ice activities will be dependent on public health orders at that time.
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.
Male U16 POE Eligibility/Selection
- Athletes are selected utilizing a network of scouts (WHL / MJHL) designated by Hockey Manitoba.
- Athletes for the 2021 U16 Program of Excellence must be male and must be born between Jan 1, 2006 and Dec 31, 2006.
- For an athlete to be eligible for selection into POE they MUST be a permanent resident of Manitoba and be registered with a sanctioned program within Hockey Manitoba (AAA, AA, A or Sport School) or Hockey Canada / USA Hockey sanctioned programs.
Female U18 POE Eligibility/Selection
- Athletes are selected by Hockey Manitoba utilizing scouting information from Hockey Canada, Hockey Manitoba scouting staff and club team coaching staffs.
- Athletes for the 2021 Female Program of Excellence must have been born between Jan 1, 2004 and Dec 31, 2005.
- For an athlete to be eligible for selection into POE they MUST be registered with a sanctioned program within Hockey Manitoba (AAA, AA, A or Sport School) or Hockey Canada / USA Hockey sanction programs.
- Athletes that participate in the WWHSHL are ineligible for the Female Program of Excellence UNLESS they are also registered to a sanctioned minor hockey program.
While there have been positive changes within the Manitoba Public Health orders in recent days, 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 15 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.
Hockey Manitoba is pleased to recognize CCM Hockey and the Western Hockey League as Official Partners of the Program of Excellence, along with Gatorade as the Official Sport Drink of Hockey Manitoba. The POE is Hockey Manitoba’s high-performance program that offers developing athletes who are on track to be elite with the opportunity to represent their province while providing a solid development path to the National and International stages.
For more information on Hockey Manitoba’s Program of Excellence, please click here.