By Dave Kearsey
Star Sports Editor
CORNER BROOK The time to shine awaits a handful of budding hockey players from this neck of the woods.
Several players from western Newfoundland, including Andrew Burden of Corner Brook and Adrian Ward of St. Anthony, will showcase their skillsets in the spotlight at the Atlantic Challenge Cup being staged Thanksgiving Weekend in Moncton, N. B.
Burden and Ward will suit up for the Newfoundland and Labrador Under-14 male team against the top players from the Atlantic provinces, while Ryan Roche of Corner Brook has earned a spot on the provincial Under-15 male team heading to Moncton to test their mettle against the best players in their age group.
The 18th annual showcase event will feature 320 of the best players in Atlantic Canada converging on Moncton looking to claim bragging rights to a championship crown and hoping to catch the eye of the dozens of scouts expected to have a bird’s eye view of all the action. A total of 16 teams, in four age divisions, will compete for the opportunity to raise Chally — the Altantic Challenge Cup Trophy.
Heather Richards of St. Anthony, named to Team Atlantic’s representative for the 2013 national women’s hockey championship, will suit up for the provincial Under-17 female squad that also includes St. Anthony native Brooke Noseworthy and Springdale’s Emily Edison.
A trio of girls from the Northern Peninsula — Kaylee Gerrow of Rocky Harbour, Jessica Gould of Sandy Cove and Alyson Moores of Flower’s Cove — will wear Newfoundland’s colours in the Under-15 female tournament showcase.
The Atlantic Challenge Cup is the culmination of the High Performance Programs in each of the four Atlantic provinces. The program at the provincial level provides players with an opportunity to develop, learn and challenge themselves as they strive for excellence.
All action will take place at the Red Ball Internet Centre — which features four regulation-size National Hockey League ice surfaces — and fans unable to attend games can watch all tournament games on live webcasts courtesy of Bell Aliant. The live webcasts will be available by going to the official tournament website (www.atlanticchallengecup.ca).