The Western Hockey League, in partnership with BC Hockey, Hockey Alberta, Saskatchewan Hockey Association, Hockey Manitoba and Hockey Canada, announced today the tournament schedule and ticketing information for the freshly rebranded 2017 WHL Cup, which will begin Wednesday, October 18, at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, Alta.
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 tournament will take place from Wednesday, October 18 through Sunday, October 22.
The Saskatchewan team will include Yorkton products Ryder Korczak, Jackson Berezowski, and Austin Dycer, Yorkton Terrier prospect Anthony Toporowski and Millionaires prospect Brett Fogg of Wadena.
Yorkton Terrier Asst. Coach Matt Hehr, Whitewood product Taras McEwen and former Melville Millionaire Gord Burnett are part of the Sask coaching staff.
Meanwhile in Mantioba, Roblin's Jacob Brook, Birtle's Brody Wilson and Swan Valley Stampeder prospect Cory King were named to Team Manitoba
Round robin action begins today (Wed) with Team Manitoba facing Team BC (3 p.m. MT) and Team Alberta taking on Team Saskatchewan (6:30 p.m. MT).
The semifinal format for the 2017 WHL Cup will pit the first-place branch versus the fourth-place branch and the second-place branch against the third-place branch. In previous years, only one semifinal game was played while the first-place team from round-robin play was granted a bye into the gold medal game and the fourth-place team was automatically sent to the bronze medal game.
The 2017 WHL Cup will conclude Sunday, October 22, with the gold medal game beginning at 1:30 p.m. MT.
Wednesday, October 18
3 p.m. MT – Team Manitoba at Team BC
6:30 p.m. MT – Team Saskatchewan at Team Alberta
Thursday, October 19
3 p.m. MT – Team Saskatchewan at Team Manitoba
6:30 p.m. MT – Team Alberta at Team BC
Friday, October 20
3 p.m. MT – Team BC at Team Saskatchewan
6:30 p.m. MT – Team Manitoba at Team Alberta
Saturday, October 21
1 p.m. MT – Semifinal #1
4:30 p.m. MT – Semifinal #2
*top seed from round robin will select preference for semifinal time slot
Sunday, October 22
9:30 a.m. MT – Bronze medal game
1:30 p.m. MT – Gold medal game
Terriers Asst. Coach and Team Sask Coach Mat Hehr previews the tournament