WINNIPEG – Hockey Manitoba will run Prep Camps for both the U-18 (Female) and U-16 (Male) Team Manitoba squads this month in Winnipeg. The Prep Camps will serve as the the primary team building tool for both programs as they prepare for the 2011 Canada Winter Games this February in Halifax, NS. The U-16 squad will compete in Week 1 of the Canada Winter Games taking place February 11-18th, and the U-18 team will compete in Week 2 happening February 20-27th.
U-16 Team Manitoba Prep Camp will run December 22nd & 23rd at the MTS Iceplex and will feature various on & off ice sessions. The U-16 camp will also feature an exhibition game between Team Manitoba and the Winnipeg Thrashers (Midget AAA) on Thursday, December 23 at 2:30 PM. The U-16 Team Manitobaroster will see the stars of nextyear's U-17 Team Westwho will play in the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge held back in Winnipeg and Portage la Prairie. Ten of the eleven Manitoba-born players on this year's Team West roster were members of last year's U-16 Team Manitoba that won Silver in the Western Canadian U-16 ChallengeCup held in Blackfalds, AB. Team Manitoba also won Silver at the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, NWT and is looking to continue that success in 2011.
U-18 Team Manitoba Prep Camp will take place December 28th to 31st also in Winnipeg. On & off ice sessions for the U-18 camp will vary between the MTS Iceplex, Max Bell Centre, and Sport For Life Centre. Team Manitoba will play two exhibition gamesat Max Bell Centre during the camp, first against the University of Manitoba Bisons at 10:00 AM on Thursday, December 30thand then against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies at 10:00 AM on December 31st. Team Manitoba will feature ten returning players from 2009 along with ten new members to the program. U-18 Team Manitoba may lose up to three players for the bulk of their Prep Camp as Shelby Bram, Meghan Dufault, and Alexis Woloschuk are hopefuls for the U-18 Team Canada roster that will be heading to the 2011 IIHF World U-18 Women's Championships in Sweden. Just like the Malecontingent in 2007, the female team also brought a Silver medal home from the last Canada Winter Games and will look to improve upon that success in 2011.
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