BC Hockey, in conjunction with the Western Hockey League (WHL), named the 20 players selected to play for Team BC at the 2017 WHL Cup against Team Alberta, Team Manitoba and Team Saskatchewan. The WHL Cup takes place from October 18 – 22, 2017 at WinSport in Calgary, Alberta.
“On behalf of the Team BC staff, we are excited about this group of young men selected to play for Team BC at the 2017 WHL Cup,” said BC Hockey’s Male Program of Excellence (POE) Coordinator Fred Zweep. “There was a thorough evaluation process on selecting Team BC and we are looking forward to a highly competitive event.”
Team BC kicks off the 2017 WHL Cup on Wednesday, October 18 against Team Saskatchewan. The team plays Team Alberta on Thursday, October 19, and Team Manitoba on Friday, October 2017. The tournament wraps up on Sunday, October 22 with the bronze and gold medal matchups.
The WHL Cup, formerly known as the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, features the highest-rated players in the under-16 age category from the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The four (4) team round robin format is the first step in the Hockey Canada POE and assists the four (4) western provincial hockey Branches in evaluating the top prospects in this age group for future high-performance programs. The WHL Cup is made possible through financial support provided by the WHL. The majority of players participating in the event were selected in the WHL Bantam Draft in May 2017 and many of these top prospects will play major roles with WHL clubs in the seasons ahead. Team BC last won the event in 2012.
Some notable players that have participated as part of Team BC include:
- Jake Virtanen – Vancouver Canucks
- Morgan Rielly – Toronto Maple Leafs
- Sam Reinhart – Buffalo Sabres
The U16 Program is the second stage in the BC Hockey POE, which exposes players, coaches and officials to short term competition. The U16 Program also acts as a precursor to the Hockey Canada U17 POE, which is used to identify and train players and team personnel for provincial, regional and national teams.