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BH Blazer Named to Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team
Team Canada revealed it’s 22 player roster this Sunday, in preparation for the best of three series against rival Team U.S. that begins August 21st, in Calgary.
The team was selected after a long and grueling weekend of Selection Camp, where the 42 players invited to attend were separated into two teams and competed against one another in three intrasquad games.
Balmoral Hall’s own Ryleigh Houston was named to the team and will be one of the 13 forwards representing our Country next weekend. Alongside Ryleigh, two other Manitoba natives were selected to the team, Christian Higham, 16, playing for St. Mary’s Academy, and Melissa Hunt, 17, playing for Westman Wildcats.
The puck drops for the series on August 21st at 5 PM/ET/2 PM/Pacific Time. All three games will be streamed live from Hockey Canada’s game summary page.
Ryleigh Houston (Red) drives to the net to put away loose puck to tie the game up at 1-1.
Back in Winnipeg, Ryleigh’s BH Family is behind her every step of the way. The team can’t wait for Ryleigh to put on the Red and White and play for her country. We’re extremely proud of Ryleigh’s accomplishments and know she’ll represent Canada with the same pride and passion that she shows at every game with the Blazers.
Following the series, Hockey Canada’s coaching staff and scouts will continue to watch and evaluate the players at their provincial and club levels. Later on, selections will be made for the Canadian team that will compete at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship next January in Buffalo, NY.
We have high hopes to see Ryleigh there!
BH Blazer Selected to IIHF U18 High Performance Camp
BH Blazer Ryleigh Houston’s hockey career is taking her places, and the season hasn’t even started yet! This summer proves to be a busy one, as Ryleigh has been selected to join six other National Team candidates at the IIHF U18 High Performance Camp in Vierumäki, Finland from July 12-19.
When she gets back, she’ll have only a week or so before she’s off again to Calgary for the Hockey Canada U18 August Selection Camp. These are both impressive, and highly competitive steps on the way to becoming a full-fledged member of Team Canada.
We’ll be following Ryleigh’s progress, and cheering for her every step of the way – and can’t wait to see her suit up for the Blazers again in September!
WINNIPEG REF CHOSEN FOR FEMALE CIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Hockey Manitoba is pleased to announce that Christine Durham (Winnipeg) has been selected to referee at the CIS Female National Championship in Fredericton, New Brunswick from March 13-16.
Christine is a level 4 official and refs CIS female, MWJHL, MFMHL, along with Midget AAA and Bantam AAA.
The CIS National Championship is a six-team tournament, which includes host St. Thomas University, winners of Canada West, RSEQ (Quebec), OUA (Ontario), Atlantic, and an assigned berth from RSEQ.
Blazers host JWHL North Invitational Weekend in Winnipeg
The Balmoral Hall School Blazers continue to be the only Manitoba team which plays in the elite Junior Women’s Hockey League (JWHL) which is recognized by the top colleges as the premier league for preparatory teams in North America. Playing in the JWHL allows elite level athletes to thrive and develop into outstanding collegiate athletes.
During our JWHL North Weekend, BH will play host to five of the best teams in North America over the course of the weekend for four regular season games.
This unique weekend provides a unique opportunity to come and watch the next generation of collegiate, professional and Olympic all stars as they go head to head at Winnipeg’s MTS Iceplex Arena.
Admission is free for all JWHL Games.
About the Program
“Balmoral Hall gave me the opportunity to play against an amazing amount of good players and good teams. I was playing against university teams in Grade 10 when I was 14 years old, so I’ve been exposed to this level of hockey since a really young age. That has helped me to step into this level [university hockey] and accomplish some things already.”
~Caitlin MacDonald ’09, Blazers Prep Team
The BH Blazers Hockey program offers female hockey players high calibre training and development opportunities, along with a rigorous academic curriculum delivered in small class settings. The BH Blazers program includes a high school team, a developmental hockey skills program as well as a skating skills program for Grades 3 – 5. Unique to BH is a high performance hockey program that provides an international platform for promising elite female hockey players to enhance their opportunity to secure collegiate level hockey scholarships.