One of the biggest hockey tournaments of the spring/summer season is set to get underway early this afternoon in Vancouver. The Challenge Cup featuring teams from every minor hockey age group will take place at various rinks throughout the Vancouver area. We will put a heavy focus on the 98 and 99 age groups with some comments from players and a steady stream of updates and thoughts as the weekend progresses.
In the 98 born division, the favourites look to be the Vancouver Selects Blue, Calgary Jr. Hitmen and the Vancouver Vipers. The top teams from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and northern Alberta aren't taking part in the 98 born division. In fact, most of the teams in the Division 1 side are all from BC except for the Calgary Jr. Hitmen.
The 99 born division 1 will also feature mostly BC based teams. The lone rep from Alberta will be the Alberta Wolfpack. The Wolfpack aren't a strong 99 born team.
The Canada Spartan Cup will take place in Calgary this weekend with top 99 born teams taking part. Most of the teams taking part will be Alberta teams with all the top players from Alberta featured. However, the Saskatoon Jr. Blades and Winnipeg Jr. Steelers are there as well.
We will also have updates on this tournament as results come available.
Lastly the Toronto Prospects Tournament is taking place this weekend. The 99 Vancouver Vipers are there led by Jordy Bellerive and several of his NSWC teammates. Also joining them will be several of the top BWC players in that age group and a few others.
We will let you know who is happening there as well.
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