FROM: Chad Brinson, Manager Development and High Performance, Hockey NL 

DATE: January 27, 2023 

RE: High Performance Program: Female Division Update 


The four Atlantic branches have approved changes to the High Performance Program that will include the addition of a Female Under-14 (2010, 2011 for 2023) program, starting with the 2023 Atlantic Challenge Cup. 

The Atlantic Challenge Cup is an annual tournament held on thanksgiving weekend where the Atlantic branches (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI and Newfoundland & Labrador) compete against each other in 4 separate age divisions, Female U14, U16 and Male U14, U15. The process of selecting these teams to compete at the 2023 Atlantic Challenge Cup will begin with Spring tryouts May 5 – 7th (Male) and 12 – 14th (Female) weekends.

With the addition of Female U14 adjustments will be made to the Female U18 and process towards Team Atlantic. Team Atlantic will be competing at the 2023 National Under-18 Female Championship November 2023 in Dawson Creek, BC. Team Atlantic staff will evaluate the upcoming Canada Games in PEI, as well as evaluations from the 2022 Atlantic Challenge Cup to select players for the upcoming Team Atlantic Summer Camp. 

In 2024 the Under-18 Female division will begin competing in an Atlantic Under-18 Tournament, which will be held in the Spring each year similar to the Male U16 group. This tournament will serve as the first step in the process of the selecting Team Atlantic in non-Canada Games years. 

Registration will open in February. 

Under 18 Female High-Performance Critical Path 

Team Atlantic 2023 (2006 & 2007 Birth Year) 

  • January 2023 – Staff applications distributed 
  • February 2023 – Staff selected 
  • February/March 2023 – Canada Winter Games 
  • May 2023 – Summer Camp Roster Announcement 
  • July 2023 – Team Atlantic Summer Camp (St. FX, Nova Scotia) 
  • September 2023 – Team Atlantic Roster Announcement 
  • November 2023 – National U18 Female Championship (Dawson Creek, BC) 

Team Atlantic 2024 (2007 & 2008 Birth Year) 

  • December 2023 – Hockey NL U18 Selection Camp for Atlantic Tournament 
  • January 2024 – Staff applications distributed 
  • February 2024 – Team Atlantic 2024 staff selected. 
  • April / May 2024 – Atlantic Under 18 Tournament 
  • May 2024 – Team Atlantic Summer Camp Roster Announcement 
  • July/August 2024 – Team Atlantic Summer Camp 
  • September 2024 – Team Atlantic Roster Announcement 
  • November 2024 – National U18 Female Championship 

Yours in Hockey 

Chad Brinson 

Manager, Development and High Performance 

Hockey NL