BC Hockey’s U18 Program of Excellence camp for the top female players is welcoming six Peace region players this weekend in Salmon Arm.

The third and final stage of the POE program is designed to emulate national and international competitions, according to BC Hockey.

The Peace players joining the camp from the Northern Capitals are Hailey Armstrong (Dawson Creek), Maria Ayre (Fort St. John), Kasey Ditner (Baldonnel), and Paige Brown (Taylor). In total, the Caps’ have 11  players participating in the camp.

Mercedes Bueckert (Fort St. John), and Staysha Hiebert (Cecil Lake) with the Northeast BC Predators are also joining the camp.

The top players in the province are brought to the camp to train and compete at an elite level. They will be evaluated by POE evaluators at the club team level throughout the season and the regional camps in the spring.

The program is used as an introduction to the beginning of Hockey Canada’s version of the program.

Another POE camp will take place between April 29th to May 1st.