Cochrane forward Riley Boychuk is on the roster for the U16 male squad representing Alberta at the 2023 WHL Cup.

He is among the two goaltenders, six defence, and 12 forwards who comprise this year’s teams and is among eight players selected in the first round of the 2023 Western Hockey League (WHL) prospects draft. 

The selection process saw 80 players attend the summer selection camp in Red Deer in July. A shortlist of 32 was selected from that camp before the roster of 20 players was finalized.

Thirteen different communities across Alberta are represented on the roster.

“We had a lot of tough decisions to make this year,” states Mike Kraichy, manager of Hockey Alberta's elite male hockey program, in a news release. “But we’re confident that this is a group that can compete with the best from Western Canada.”

The 2023 WHL Cup showcases the top 2008-born players from the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. The four-team round-robin tournament is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence.

The tournament takes place in Red Deer from Oct. 18 to 22.

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