Mid­get AA hockey tourney draws coaches, scouts

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A new tour­na­ment de­vel­oped by the Cal­gary Roy­als Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion and Global Sport Academy Group will pro­vide Mid­get AA hockey play­ers with a chance to show­case their tal­ents in front of coaches and scouts from Ju­nior A (AJHL, BCHL and SJHL) and Ju­nior B (KIJHL) teams from across West­ern Canada.

Hosted by the two Cal­gary Roy­als Mid­get AA teams — Blue and Gold — the West­ern Canada Mid­get AA Show­down takes place Thurs­day through Sun­day at Max Bell Cen­tre.

The goal of the tour­na­ment is to high­light the op­por­tu­ni­ties that ex­ist for Mid­get AA play­ers who in the past may not have gained as much at­ten­tion as the Mid­get AAA level.

This goal will be ac­com­plished by not only pro­vid­ing these play­ers with a chance to play in front of ju­nior team coaches and scouts but also through a fam­ily ed­u­ca­tion ses­sion with scouts, for­mer play­ers and guest speak­ers, which will take place on the Fri­day af­ter­noon of the tour­na­ment.

“It’s all about get­ting the Mid­get AA play­ers to un­der­stand that ju­nior hockey teams are look­ing for good kids with a strong work ethic who have a drive and de­ter­mi­na­tion to be­come bet­ter ev­ery day,” said Jeff Ovens, one of the tour­na­ment’s founders.

“This show­case is as much about ed­u­cat­ing fam­i­lies as it is about hockey,” added Su­sanne Bracken, the Roy­als team co-or­di­na­tor.

“It’s get­ting them to un­der­stand that uni­ver­si­ties are look­ing for work ex­pe­ri­ence, ath­letic ex­pe­ri­ence, volunteer ex­pe­ri­ence, as well as aca­demic re­sults, when con­sid­er­ing ap­pli­ca­tions.”

Twenty-eight coaches and scouts have al­ready con­firmed their at­ten­dance at the tour­na­ment, rep­re­sent­ing teams from the Al­berta Ju­nior Hockey League, the British Co­lum­bia Hockey League, the Saskatchewan Ju­nior Hockey League and the Koote­nay In­ter­na­tional Ju­nior Hockey League.

The long-term goal for this midDe­cem­ber show­down is to be­come the pre­mier Mid­get AA tour­na­ment at­tract­ing hockey teams and ju­nior scouts and coaches from all over Canada.

Con­firmed teams play­ing in the in­au­gu­ral tour­na­ment rep­re­sent the fol­low­ing cities and towns in West­ern Canada: Cal­gary, Air­drie, St. Al­bert, Strath­more, Lloy­d­min­ster, Fort Saskatchewan, Regina and Ver­non, B.C.

Con­firmed coaches and scouts in at­ten­dance rep­re­sent the fol­low­ing teams: AJHL — Brooks Ban­dits, Cal­gary Canucks, Cal­gary Mus­tangs, Can­more Ea­gles, Drumheller Dragons, Fort Mc­Mur­ray Oil Barons, Grand Prairie Storm, Okotoks Oil­ers and Olds Grizzlies; BCHL — Al­berni Val­ley Bull­dogs, Co­quit­lam Ex­press, Prince George Spruce Kings, Sur­rey Ea­gles, Trail Smoke Eaters, Vic­to­ria Grizzlies and West Kelowna War­riors; SJHL — Bat­tle­fords North Stars, Hum­boldt Bron­cos, Kin­der­s­ley Klip­pers, Melville Mil­lion­aires and Wey­burn Red Wings; KIJHL — Co­lum­bia Val­ley Rock­ies, Cre­ston Val­ley Thun­der­cats, Fernie Ghostrid­ers, Golden Rock­ets, Kim­ber­ley Dy­na­miters, Nel­son Leafs and Revel­stoke Grizzlies.


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