Stringer makes Team Al­berta


Leth­bridge’s Zack Stringer is join­ing a host of West­ern Hockey League first-round picks at the Canada Win­ter Games.

Stringer, who was se­lected by his home­town Leth­bridge Hur­ri­canes in the first round and eighth over­all in this year’s WHL Ban­tam Draft, will be among 11 first-round se­lec­tions to rep­re­sent Team Al­berta at the 2019 Canada Win­ter Games Feb. 15 to March 3 in Red Deer.

In 19 games with the Leth­bridge mid­get AAA Hur­ri­canes of the Al­berta Mid­get Hockey League, Stringer has eight goals and 30 points. Head­ing into the week­end the Canes — the de­fend­ing AMHL cham­pi­ons — lead the league with a 163-0 record, one point ahead of the Red Deer Op­ti­mist Chiefs.

Among the Team Al­berta’s ros­ter is first over­all pick Dy­lan Guen­ther of Ed­mon­ton, who was se­lected by the Ed­mon­ton Oil Kings.

Of the 20 play­ers on the ros­ter, 19 were se­lected at the WHL Ban­tam Draft in June.

The ros­ter con­sists of two goal­tenders, six de­fence­men and 11 for­wards.

Al­berta won the sil­ver medal at the 2015 games in Prince Ge­orge, B.C. and has won a medal a seven-straight Canada Win­ter Games dat­ing back to 1991, but hasn’t won gold since 2003.

Al­berta has won gold four times (1967, 1975 in Leth­bridge, 1999, 2003), sil­ver four times (1971, 1991, 1995, 2015) and bronze twice (2007, 2011).

Al­berta will be­gin their tour­na­ment, Feb. 16 against Saskatchewan, fol­lowed by games against Man­i­toba and Bri­tish Columbia.

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