CANMORE – The Canadian Rockies will once again provide the backdrop as 160 of the top 2001-born male hockey players in the province are set to converge in Canmore for the 2016 Alberta Cup.
It’s the second straight year Canmore has hosted the Alberta Cup, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
Eight teams will take to the ice at the Canmore Recreation Centre from Thursday to Sunday. The teams include Calgary North, Calgary South, Edmonton Blue, Edmonton Yellow, South, Central, Northeast and Northwest.
The teams will play in a four-day, tournament-format competition. The event also features an education seminar hosted by the Western Hockey League (WHL).
Full tournament results will be displayed on the score ticker at the top of both hockeyalberta.ca and abcup.ca. Schedules, stats and standings can also be found at abcup.ca. You can also follow along with the action on Twitter.
The Alberta Cup is the premier event in the province that helps identify the top male players in Alberta. It is well attended by scouts as they prepare for the Western Hockey League’s bantam draft. In addition to player evaluations, the competition is also an opportunity for administrators, coaches, trainers and referees to be evaluated for future positions with the Team Alberta Program.
Alberta Cup graduates include Matt Dumba, Braden Holtby, Jay Bouwmeester, Dion Phaneuf, Scott Hartnell, Jordan Eberle, Devan Dubnyk, and Andrew Ference.