Silvertips Prospects Maze, Kaplan Named to Team Alberta for 2023 Canada Games

November 30, 2022 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Everett Silvertips News Release

RED DEER, AB - Everett Silvertips prospects Julien Maze and Lukas Kaplan have officially been named to the Team Alberta U16 Male squad ahead of the 2023 Canada Games. The pair will represent their province at Prince Edward Island for the Games, running from Feb. 18 through Mar. 5, 2023.

Introducing the Team Alberta U16 Male squad that will compete at the @2023CanadaGames in PEI!

Maze, an '07-born Edmonton native, has skated in four Western Hockey League games this season, becoming the youngest Silvertip to make their debut in team history at 14 years, 280 days. The 2022 first-round WHL Draft pick recorded his first career point on Nov. 27 with a primary assist on an Austin Roest goal against the Spokane Chiefs. Prior to joining the Tips as an affiliate player, Maze had 18 points in 13 games played with OHA Edmonton Prep U18.

Kaplan, an '07-born Spruce Grove native, was selected in the sixth-round of the 2022 WHL Draft. Signing his Standard Player Agreement with Everett on Nov. 26, Kaplan has been skating with the Northern Alberta Xtreme U17 and 18 teams, where he has combined for 15 goals and 18 assists through 17 games played as a forward.

From Hockey Alberta's official press release:

Players were selected to the roster based on their overall play throughout the Team Alberta scouting process, past Team Alberta programs, and at the U16 Summer Camp in Red Deer, July 4-10. Eighty players were invited to Red Deer, and worked through high intensity on-ice sessions, as well as off-ice training and classroom sessions. From summer camp, thirty-three players were placed on a shortlist, and scouted with their club teams throughout the fall.

"Our staff has worked incredibly hard throughout this process, and we are thrilled to announce our final roster," said Serge Lajoie, Head Coach of Team Alberta U16 Male. "We are confident in the players we have chosen, and are excited to begin our preparations for the competition in February."

The Hockey competition will be split between Credit Union Place in Summerside and the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown, PEI.

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