RED DEER – Thirty-five athletes from Alberta, including Everett Silvertips prospect defenseman Olen Zellweger, have taken the next step on the Road to Red Deer.
Hockey Alberta has announced its shortlist roster for the Team Alberta U16 Male squad that will participate in the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer. The shortlist includes five goaltenders, 10 defensemen, and 20 forwards.
Team Alberta U16 Male Shortlist Roster >
Players were selected to the shortlist based on their overall play throughout the Team Alberta scouting process, past Team Alberta programs, and at the U16 Summer Camp in Camrose, July 3-8. Eighty players were invited to Camrose, and worked through high intensity on-ice sessions, as well as off-ice training and classroom sessions.
Zellweger was the first selection by the Silvertips in the 2018 WHL Draft, taken in the second round out of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. Zellweger played last season with OHA Edmonton Bantam Prep (CSSBHL). The Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta native led the program for scoring among defensemen with 32 points (10g-22a) in 30 games, while adding five points (3g-2a) in five postseason games. He carried eight multi point games through the regular season from the blueline.
Zellweger skated in the Alberta Cup (Team Edmonton Blue) and earned a goal and an assist in five games.
“This year’s Summer Camp in Camrose showcased just how many talented athletes we have in Alberta,” said Mike Kraichy, Manager of Team Alberta. “Now, as we move towards the Canada Winter Games, these 35 players are now one step closer to representing their home province in Red Deer.”
The shortlisted players will be scouted with their club teams in the fall, prior to final decisions on the 20 players selected to the Team Alberta roster. The 2019 Canada Winter Games run February 15 – March 3 in Red Deer.