Three athletes from last year's U15 AAA provincial champion Airdrie Xtreme were selected to represent Alberta in the 2023 WHL Cup which took place October 18-22.
Team Alberta finished second out of the four teams winning a total of three games and losing two.
They started the tournament with a 4-2 win over Manitoba, they lost the second game to Saskatchewan 3-2 in overtime but finished round-robin play by beating British Columbia 8-1. Heading into playoffs, they faced off against Saskatchewan again and beat them 7-3. With the win, it propelled them to the finals where they fought hard against Manitoba but came up short losing 6-5 in a shootout.
Here is how the former members of the Xtreme did:
- Aaron Sawatzky - Didsbury - now plays for Airdrie Bisons U18 AAA - zero points.
- Riley Boychuk - Cochrane - now plays for Northern Alberta Xtreme U18 Prep - four assists, one goal.
- Caelan Joudrey - Airdrie - now plays for Airdrie Bisons U18 AAA - four assists, four goals.
Olds hockey player Dermot Johnston was also selected to make the team, he now plays for Red Deer Chiefs U18 AAA. He had one assist.
Boychuk was selected second overall in the 2023 WHL Prospect Draft to the Prince Albert Raiders, Sawatzky was chosen 16th overall in the first round by the Moose Jaw Warriors and Joudrey was selected 66th overall by the Winnipeg ICE (now Wenatchee Wild).
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