WINNIPEG, MB – Hockey Manitoba is pleased to announce the Under-18 players who have been selected to attend the Program of Excellence (POE) TOP-40 Camp, held May 26-29, 2011 in Winnipeg. The players selected to attend the POE TOP-40 Camp have advanced from the pool of 102 players who competed at the POE Spring Tournament which was held April 15-17, 2011 at Max Bell Centre in Winnipeg. The POE TOP-40 Camp is the third phase of the Program of Excellence which is the selection process for the U-18 Team Manitoba roster that will compete at the 2011 National U-18 Women's Championships in Saguenay, Que this November.
The POE TOP-40 Camp was formerly known as the POE Summer Camp, however in an effort to streamline programming towards the philosophies of the Sport Canada Long-Term Athlete Development Model the camp has been moved earlier in the year to May. Past summer camps have traditionally taken place in June or July, which essentially forced young players to continue to participate in high-intensity summer hockey programs as opposed to using those months as a resting and training period off the ice. By hosting the TOP-40 Camp in May, Hockey Manitoba hopes that these young athletes will take advantage of the open summer time frame by allowing themselves to properly rest and build their overall athlete development portfolios with off-ice training and even competing in other sports.
The U-18 Program of Excellence is lead by head coach Kevin Augustine (Oakbank), along with assistant coaches Jordan Sobkowicz (Winnipeg) and Jeff Sveinson (Winnipeg).
To learn more about the Program of Excellence please visit www.hockeymanitoba.ca/poe.php. Hockey Manitoba is pleased to recognize Canad Inns, CCM Hockey, and Reebok Hockey as Official Partners of the Program of Excellence.