The best U15 AAA boys and U15 A girls hockey teams are headed to Okotoks for provincials.
Co-chair of the tournament Jacquie Milford says the hockey's going to be pretty intense.
"We have a league of 22 teams and we compete over the course of the season with 34 regular season games and two rounds of playoffs to get to the the top five teams and those teams are going to be attending this weekend," she says. "Okotoks, we're the host teams and then we have two teams from our north division which are from St. Albert, the St. Albert Sabres and KC Squires from Edmonton and then an additional two south teams, who are the Calgary Bisons and the Airdrie Extreme."
She says the town's going to be full of teenage athletes ready to compete, leaving it all out on the ice, trying to head towards the gold medal game on Sunday.
"I am so excited, we have tried our hardest to create an environment where these athletes can showcase what they love to do. They are all exceptional athletes, they need to be to play at this level and work as a team to get to where they're at and qualify for provincials, but on an individual basis to go out there, be a good teammate, show what they can do to help their team to victory and celebrate these accomplishments that they have achieved in their own lives."
Meantime the U15 A girls provincials also start Thursday at the Scott Seaman Sports Rink with teams from Edmonton, Calgary, St Albert, West Central and the host Okotoks Oilers.