The 2017 Alberta Cup ran April 26-30 in Canmore.
Team South are the 2017 Alberta Cup Champions, defeating Northwest 5-1 in the Championship Final.
For more information, please contact Dustin Moore, Coordinator, Team Alberta.
The Alberta Cup is a core Hockey Alberta Development program, providing players, coaches, therapists, equipment managers, administrators and referees an equal opportunity to discover the great qualities of competitive hockey.
The Alberta Cup begins in March each year with over 700 players trying out at their respective zone camps. There are eight Alberta Cup zones and each player is attempting to land one of 20 spots on each of the eight teams. The eight zone teams compete in the Alberta Cup tournament in April of each year. At the end of the four-month process the Alberta Cup leads to the U16 Male Provincial Camp.
The Alberta Cup began in 1986 as a program for midget-aged hockey players, running until 1988. It went on hiatus until 1993 when it re-emerged as a bantam level competition.
The Alberta Cup aids in the preparation, evaluation and identification of potential players for Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta program, with more than 700 players annually trying out for 160 spots. The Alberta Cup is a very comprehensive and unique program, and an absolute grassroots program where every bantam-aged player, regardless of experience or community size, has the opportunity to try out for his Zone team.
Through the Zone Camps, the hockey players are able to measure themselves against other players of the same age and receive instruction from some of the best coaches in the province. For those selected to the zone teams, the Alberta Cup is a taste of top level competition. The pressure felt in the Alberta Cup has been said to come close to that of the Western Hockey League. Bantams are getting a taste of the pressure of high performance hockey as well as the opportunity to excel under that pressure.
Over the years, the Alberta Cup has evolved into an event known for its professionalism and grassroots approach. It is not only an athlete development program, but it also encompasses development opportunities for administrators, referees, coaches, therapists and equipment managers. The competition identifies top level ‘hockey people’ for potential positions at higher level events such as the World U17 Hockey Challenge and Canada Winter Games.