Several female hockey players from Airdrie and the surrounding areas are among the 120 players who earned themselves a spot at the Alberta Challenge.

Six teams (three from each of the North and South regions) will compete in a modified round-robin tournament May 1-5 at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer. Two goalies, six defence and 12 forwards comprise each team.

"The Alberta Challenge is the sole female-only event part of Hockey Alberta’s Spring Showcase. It is the first opportunity for athletes, coaches, therapists, equipment managers and administrators to experience short-term competition and an introduction to Team Alberta programming," 

Airdrie players named to the South Black Roster include:

  • #8 Sophie Carter (forward)

  • #17 Kyla Pappas (forward)

  • #5 Ava McDermid (defence)

Other local area players for the South Black roster include:

  • #19 Ava Smith (forward) - Crossfield

  • #3 London Clingman (defence) - Okoktoks

  • #6 Claira McNichol (defence) - Okotoks

  • #1 Maive Gosselin-Berg (goalie) - Cochrane

  • #31 Brooke Suitor (goalie) - Foothills 

Airdrie players named to the South Green Roster include:

  • #16 Abigail Lee (forward) 

Other local area players for the South Green Roster include:

  • #10 Violet Crawford (forward) - Okotoks

  • #15 Kayla Kildaw (forward) - Chestermere

  • #19 Ella Simard (forward) - Okotoks

Airdrie players named to the South White Roster include:

  • #11 Trista Ferguson (forward) 

  • #16 Lyla Montoya (forward)

  • #20 Halle White (forward)

  • #2 Emersyn Allan (defence)

Other local area players for the South White Roster include:

  • #8 Edan Crowe (forward) - Okotoks

  • #10 Alexis De Haas (forward) - Okotoks

  • #3 Gracie Dengler (defence) - Foothills

  • #4 Kamryn Kutzner (defence) - Okotoks

  • #5 Alena McEvoy (defence) - Carstairs

  • #6 Beth Milke (defence) - Canmore 

Regional Camps were held April 5-7 in Cochrane and Beaumont. Female players born in 2009 and 2010 who were registered with a Hockey Alberta or Hockey Canada-sanctioned program this season were eligible to try out. 

"This year’s group of players is very talented and that was on display at the Regional Camps, said Danielle Wheeler, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Female Development. "The competition at Alberta Challenge will truly showcase best-on-best competition and allow for athletes and staff to take the next step in their hockey journey.” 

The Spring Showcase opens with the Alberta Cup (April 24-28) and wraps with the Prospects Cup (May 8-12).  

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