The provincial weekend’s schedule has been confirmed. Bentley will play its first game on March 16 against Fort MacLeod. Photo Submitted

Bentley to host Atom D provincial playoffs

Communities and teams across Alberta gearing up for provincial games

After six months of regular season and tournament action, including up to six weeks of games in Zone playdowns, culminates this month, as teams prepare to “March to a title” at the 2018 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.

Bentley is excited to host the Atom D provincial games March 15-18 at the Bentley Arena.

The Bentley Canucks have marched their way through some difficult games to end the season with the championship title in sight.

Tournament action will determine the majority of the 2018 provincial champions. There will be 14 titles will be awarded on March 18 in various locations.

Champions will emerge from a weekend of round-robin pool play and playoff action in each of the tournaments.

Along with Bentley, communities across the province are gearing up for the provincial tournaments.

March 25 will see another 15 champions crowned, and the remaining six champions will be determined on April 1.

The slate of provincial championship tournaments starts next weekend, March 15-18 in 14 locations around Alberta, including Bentley.

Provincial championships set for March 15-18 include: Bantam A (Marwayne), Bantam B (Rocky Mountain House), Bantam C (Drumheller), Bantam D (Elk Point), Bantam Female A (Brooks), Bantam Female B (Stettler), Peewee Female B (Medicine Hat), Atom AA Major (Glenlake/Calgary), Atom AA Minor (Chestermere), Atom A (Whitecourt), Atom B (Beaverlodge), Atom C (Spirit River), Atom D (Bentley), and Atom Female (St. Paul).

Provincial championships set for March 21/22-25 include: Senior AA (Bonnyville), Minor Midget AAA (Lethbridge), Midget A (Sherwood Park), Midget B (Wetaskiwin), Midget C (Rimbey), Midget D (Taber), Midget Female AAA (Red Deer), Midget Female A (Strathcona), Midget Female B (Lac La Biche), Bantam Female Elite (Grande Prairie), Peewee A (Edmonton), Peewee B (La Crete), Peewee C (Thunderstars), Peewee D (Oyen), and Peewee Female A (Okotoks).

Provincial championships set for March 29 – April 1 include: Junior B (Fort St. John), Junior C (Sherwood Park), Midget AA (Spruce Grove), Midget Female Elite (Calgary), Bantam AA (Edmonton), Peewee AA (Glenlake/Calgary).

Provincial championship host locations were awarded in mid-December, and in the ensuing months, organizing committees in communities across Alberta have been busy securing local sponsors, organizing opening ceremonies, confirming teams and schedules, ordering souvenirs and player gifts, arranging for accommodations, and numerous other tasks to ensure that the participating teams have a memorable experience.

Bentley will also be hosting and participating in the True Spirit of Hockey Day. The community is one of 14 to be hosting this event in conjunction with the on-ice action.

The day will provide students with numerous fun activities while allowing students to learn about hockey, and the teamwork and friendships generated in the sport.

Along with Bentley other communities in Alberta hosting the event are: Beaverlodge, Chestermere, Daysland/Forestburg, Elk Point, La Crete, Okotoks, Oyen, Rocky Mountain House, Stettler, Taber and Whitecourt.

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