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Team Manitoba rosters announced for 2023 WHL Cup and 2023 National Women’s U18 Championship

by Ezra Ginsburg  |  October 12, 2023 9:00 am

WINNIPEG, MB – Hockey Manitoba is excited to announce the final rosters for Team Manitoba for the 2023 WHL Cup and the 2023 National Women’s Under-18 Championship.

Both Team Manitoba rosters were selected following the Hockey Manitoba Program of Excellence Summer Development Camps which took place in Winnipeg in July where athletes took part in practices, team building activities and inter-squad exhibition games which were evaluated by the program coaching staffs helping lead to the final roster selections.

Male U16  Team Manitoba

The roster for Male U16 Team Manitoba consists of 2 goaltenders, 6 defencemen and 12 forwards. U16 Team Manitoba will be competing at the 2023 WHL Cup which takes place from October 17 – 22 in Red Deer, Alberta. The 2023 WHL Cup will be played exclusively at the Peavey Mart Centrium – home of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels. The 2023 WHL Cup will showcase the top 2008-born players from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba competing in a round-robin tournament format followed by playoffs.

The Male U16 Team Manitoba roster can be found at the link below:

Leading U16 Team Manitoba behind the bench will be Alex Mandolidis, currently the Head Coach and General Manager of the Winnipeg Blues (Manitoba Junior Hockey League). This is the first time that Mandolidis has served as the Head Coach of U16 Team Manitoba.  Mandolidis has over 14 years of coaching and development experience.  Prior to joining the Winnipeg Blues, Mandolidis spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Men’s Mount Royal University program in USports.

Mandolidis will be joined by assistant coaches Curtis Brolund (Virden Oil Capitals) and Jeff Borse (RHA Winnipeg U17). Director of Operations for the Male U16 POE will be Bernie Reichardt (Hockey Manitoba) who returns for his 26th year. Filling out the staff will be goalie consultant Byron Spriggs, athletic therapist Brenna Cyr (who returns from last year’s Male U16 Team Manitoba), video coordinator Nick Holben, and equipment manager Matthew Relf.

Team Manitoba will kick off the 2023 WHL Cup against Team Alberta on Wednesday October 18th. Team Manitoba’s full schedule can be found below:

October 18 Manitoba at Alberta 5:15 pm CT
October 19 British Columbia at Manitoba 5:15 pm CT
October 20 Manitoba at Saskatchewan 5:15 pm CT
October 21 Semifinal 1 – Third Place vs Second Place 11:15 am CT
October 21 Semifinal 2 – Fourth Place vs First Place 2:00 pm CT
October 22 Bronze Medal Game 11:15 am CT
October 22 Gold Medal Game 2:00 pm CT

 

The Male Under-16 Program of Excellence is the first step in the Hockey Canada Male Program of Excellence.  Athletes who participate in the U16 POE begin to receive the exposure to skills and concepts that are vital for success at the Major Junior, NCAA, USport and National levels. Many athletes from the U16 Program of Excellence go on to have success with the U17, U18 and World Junior Teams as a part of the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence.

Female U18 Team Manitoba

The roster for the Female U18 Team Manitoba consists of 2 goaltenders, 6 defence and 12 forwards.  U18 Team Manitoba will be competing at the 2023 National Women’s U-18 Championship which takes place in Dawson Creek, British Columbia from November 5 – 11 , 2023. Eight provincial and regional teams – Alberta, Atlantic, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario Blue, Ontario Red, Quebec and Saskatchewan – gather for the national championship for a five-games-in-five-days sprint to gold.

The Female U18 Team Manitoba roster can be found at the link below:

Leading U18 Team Manitoba behind the bench will be Maggie Litchfield-Medd, who was recently an Assistant Coach for U18 Team Manitoba at the 2023 Canada Winter Games in Prince Edward Island. Litchfield-Medd is currently the Manager of the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Academy (WJHA) Minor Hockey programs. She was previously the Head Coach of the RINK Hockey Academy (RHA) Female U18 Prep team for three seasons.

Litchfield-Medd will be joined by Assistant Coaches Christine Bumstead (Winnipeg) and Tess Houston (Winnipeg). Christine is currently in her third season as an Assistant Coach with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies (U Sports). This will be Tess Houston’s second year as a coach within the Female U18 program. She was recently a video coach for Female U18 Team Manitoba at the 2023 Canada Winter Games in Prince Edward Island.

Director of Operations for the Female U18 POE will be Dustin Stewart (Hockey Manitoba). Filling out the staff will be goalie consultant Riley Sveistrup, video coordinator Kira Bannatyne, and equipment manager Shane Carson.

Team Manitoba will kick off the 2023 National Women’s U18 Championship against Team Ontario Red on Sunday November 5th. Team Manitoba’s full schedule can be found below:

November 5th Manitoba at Ontario Red 2:00 pm CT
November 6th British Columbia at Manitoba 8:30 pm CT
November 7th Manitoba at Ontario Blue 2:00 pm CT
November 9th Quarterfinals TBD
November 10th Semifinals TBD
November 11th Bronze Medal Game 3:00 pm CT
November 11th Gold Medal Game 8:00 pm CT

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 U Sport, NCAA and International level.

For more information on the individual camps or on the Program of Excellence please contact either Bernie Reichardt (Male U16) or Dustin Stewart (Female U18).

Hockey Manitoba is pleased to recognize CCM Hockey and the Western Hockey League as Official Partners of the Program of Excellence.  The POE is our 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.


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