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Capitals U18 women’s showcase tournament to take over Stride Place this weekend – PortageOnline.com

The Central Plains Capitals’ annual women’s preseason tournament kicks off today at Stride Place.

This is the twelfth edition of the event, and tournament coordinator Ferdi Nelissen says eleven U18 AAA teams will be in attendance. He says it’s always a great fundraiser for the program and the community as a whole.

“I think it’s great, especially when we welcome the out-of-town teams and use the hotels and restaurants. We have Vancouver Island, Swift Current and Wayburn from out of province. There are other teams that come from a bit of a distance locally,” continues Nelissen. “Anyway, they’re in town, spending money in our community, seeing what great facilities we have, and it’s just a good showcase for the whole community.”

Nelissen says this tournament doesn’t have an overall winner because the main goal is to give players the opportunity to be seen in front of scouts. The organizer notes that 14 of the 22 games will be streamed on HockeyTV.

He talks about the caliber of hockey that will be showcased at Stride Place this weekend.

“They are U18 AAA hockey players. Many of them are seeking university commitments, some already have them, and some of them are members of excellence programs such as Team BC, Team Manitoba or Team Saskatchewan. some pretty elite girls,” says Nelissen. “It’s still early in the season so we’ll see how they play, but a lot of these teams have been training for two or three weeks.”

Nelissen notes that it’s a great way to start the season.

“Teams can gauge each other, know where they are, what they’re up against and what they need to do to improve. It’s important that players get introduced to universities, and usually Hockey Canada has its scout here. “, says Nelissen. “Most teams will start their leagues around nine or ten days after that, so I think that’s essential.”

The event coordinator adds that it’s amazing that the showcase is still going strong after hosting it for over a decade.

” It feels really good. You promote women’s hockey, you promote the players and you promote our community. This gives our local Capitals team the opportunity to kick off their season and offset some costs by raising funds by hosting the event. Hockey AAA is not cheap, so it helps families locally,” says Nelissen. “There are a lot of upsides to that, and it’s a good feeling to know he’s still going strong, and hopefully we will be for another dozen years.”

The Capitals will play four games this weekend and open the tournament as they take to the ice today at 10:30 a.m. against the Interlake Lightning.