WINNIPEG- Hockey Manitoba is pleased to announce the 2012 Under-16 (U-16) & Under-18 (U-18) Team Manitoba rosters. The announcement completes the extensive Program of Excellence (POE) process that these players endeavoured beginning back in early April at the POE Spring Tournament. U-16 Team Manitoba is comprised of the province's top male players born in 1997, now playing in their first year of Midget hockey. Meanwhile the U-18 Team Manitoba roster has formed the province's best female players born in 1995 & 1996, primarily second and third year Midget players.
U-16 Team Manitoba is coming off a silver medal performance at the 2011 Western Canada Challenge Cup and will look to better that in 2012. Team Manitoba will travel November 1-4 to Calgary, AB to compete against the Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan for the right to earn western bragging rights. The U-16 program has been lead by Head Coach, Dan Eliasson, also of the Winnipeg Thrashers (M-Midget AAA). Eliasson has been joined by assistant coaches Brad Purdie of the Manitoba Bisons (M-CIS), Doug Sinclair from the Winnipeg Thrashers (M-Midget AAA), and Jason Bauer as video coach and also currently with the Winnipeg Thrashers (M-Midget AAA). The U-16 Team Manitoba roster features sixteen players who were drafted in the 2012 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft last May.
U-18 Team Manitoba is also coming off a medal performance as they earned a bronze in the 2011 National Women's U-18 Championships. Lead by Head Coach, Ashley van Aggelen, the U-18's will be looking to improve upon last year's result and look to compete in the gold medal game at the 2012 National Women's U-18 Championships, November 7-11 in Dawson Creek, BC. van Aggelen has been joined by assistant coaches Neil Chow of the Winnipeg Hawks (M-Bantam 1 AAA), Lisa Peters of the Manitoba Bisons (W-CIS), and Andrea Keating as video coach and currently with the Assiniboine Park Rangers (F-Bantam AA).
Hockey fans can follow Team Manitoba's results daily by visiting the Team Manitoba Headquarters online at www.hockeymanitoba.ca beginning on Friday, October 26. Team Manitoba Headquarters will be the official landing point for all Team Manitoba information and event links including rosters, schedules, game summaries, and more.
Hockey Manitoba is pleased to acknowledge the recent partnership renewal with Canad Inns and its subsidiaries. Hockey Manitoba is excited to continue business relations with Canad Inns as the Official Hotel of Hockey Manitoba and a proud Official Partner of the Program of Excellence. Hockey Manitoba is also pleased to recognize Reebok-CCM Hockey as an Official Partner of the Program of Excellence.