Wheat Kings well represented on Manitoba U-16

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October 4, 2013, WINNIPEG, MB – Hockey Manitoba is excited to release the 2013 roster for U-16 Team Manitoba.

The U-16 (Male) Team Manitoba contingent will compete at the Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup in Calgary, AB held October 31 – November 3.

The 20-man U-16 roster features 18 players who were selected in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, including forwards Brett Howden and Nolan Patrick who were both selected in the first round. Patrick was the first pick of the Wheat Kings (4th overall) in the draft and signed with the WHL club this past summer.

Patrick was one of five 15-year old Brandon prospects to be chosen. Joining him were local products Tanner Kaspick (2nd round; 25th) and Ty Lewis (3rd round; 47th), Winnipeg’s Dylan Thiessen (5th round, 91st) and Linden McCorrister of Fisher River (7th round, 135th).



U-16 Team Manitoba looks to rebound off a poor performance at the 2012 Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup where the team finished 0-4-0 placing fourth out of four teams. Previous to 2012, Team Manitoba came home with silver medals in 2009 and 2011 losing to Team Alberta on both occasions in the gold medal final. Leading U-16 Team Manitoba on the bench is head coach will be Doug Sinclair, currently coaching as an assistant with the Winnipeg Thrashers (MMHL), joined by assistant coaches Wayne Bartley, Rob Smith and Dennis McNish.

Keep posted throughout October and early November for Team Manitoba news, player profiles, tournament schedules, and more. More details will also be released to promote the “Home Ice Advantage – Charity Game” which will take place on Monday, October 28th as U-16 Team Manitoba plays in an exhibition match versus the Winnipeg Wild (MMHL). Not only will this game will be used as a final preparation for U-16 Team Manitoba before heading to Calgary, but will also be a special event to raise money for local charities.

For more information about the Hockey Manitoba Program of Excellence please visit www.hockeymanitoba.ca/players/poe.  Hockey Manitoba is pleased to recognize Canad Inns and Reebok-CCM Hockey as Official Partners of the Program of Excellence, along with Gatorade as the Official Sport Drink of Hockey Manitoba.