Leduc Set to Host 2019 Alberta Challenge
Leduc Minor Hockey Association, in partnership with the City of Leduc, is proud to announce that the 2019 Alberta Challenge will be held in Leduc from May 1-5.
The Alberta Challenge aids in the identification and selection of potential players for Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta program. Similar to its male counterpart the Alberta Cup, the Alberta Challenge is a core Hockey Alberta Female Development program. Through a competitive selection process, athletes, coaches, therapists, equipment managers, administrators and referees are selected to discover the great qualities of competitive hockey.
“Last weekend, 240 athletes participated in their respective regional Alberta Challenge tryout camps. One hundred and twenty of them were chosen by Hockey Alberta to compete here in Leduc,“ said Tera Riley, 2019 Alberta Challenge Host Committee Chair. “These are the absolute best Bantam female hockey athletes in the whole province. They will be placed on six teams, three representing the North and three representing the South. Many of these young ladies who spent their season as rivals will now suit up as teammates and vice versa with some teammates now on opposing teams.”
These 120 athletes arrive in Leduc on Wednesday, May 1. Each team practices twice prior to commencement of games. Opening Ceremonies are set for approximately 3:30 pm on Thursday, May 2 and the first round robin game begins at 4 pm featuring North Blue vs North Grey. Round robin games continue through the end of Saturday. Playoff games are set for Sunday, May 5.
All practices and games take place at Sobeys Arena in the Leduc Recreation Centre, 4330 Black Gold Drive in Leduc.
The Alberta Challenge is held in alternating years to the Alberta Winter Games and is considered a gateway to Team Alberta’s high-performance teams and possible selection to Team Alberta’s U18 provincial squad.
“One day, some of these young ladies may represent Canada on the world stage. In fact, Hockey Alberta will use the Alberta Challenge event to identify prospects for its Team Alberta programs,” said Riley.
In addition to the excitement of hosting one of Hockey Alberta’s highest profile female hockey events, LMHA is thrilled to announce the local talent that has made the cut. North Central Impact coaches David Fleming and Hayley Runnalls were selected as assistant coaches on South Black and North Yellow, respectively. Leduc Junior Athletic Club’s Bantam AAA Trainer Johanna Mykyte is the trainer for North Blue.
For these individuals, an emphasis is placed on professional development and the tournament provides an opportunity for participants to experience high level short-term competition, while also providing an excellent source of reference for opportunities in hockey.
LMHA’s North Central Impact (NCI) program is well represented by the following athletes: Jorja Nystrom on North Blue; Tyra Edl, Jacquelyn Fleming, and Grace Morton on North Grey; and Sarah Raymond on North Yellow.
This is their chance to be seen.
“We will definitely have some scouts in the stands,” said Riley. “For girls in the game, the opportunity to play at the college or university level is often the primary pursuit and this is definitely the event to showcase your talent.”
Event passes can be purchased in advance through the tournament website, www.abchallenge.ca. Day passes are also available at the door.
Local businesses wishing to capitalize on the anticipated $500,000 in economic impact, can take advantage of engaging sponsorship opportunities. Limited space is still available in the 2019 Alberta Challenge Official Program. Contact Sponsorship Manager Shannon Jordan today at 780-977-5688 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the dates! Come cheer on your local Impact athletes and your favorite teams in the LRC from May 1-5.
For the full Alberta Challenge rosters, schedule, stats, standings, and information visit www.abchallenge.ca. For more information on the Leduc Minor Hockey Association’s female hockey programs visit www.lmha.ab.ca. Follow NCI on Twitter, Facebook and Instagam: @ncihockey.