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Calgary Selects

The Calgary Selects have been the official CPHL travelling PowerHockey team since 1992 formed to represent the CPHL in both National and International tournaments. Each year the best players in the CPHL are selected to be members of the Calgary Selects.

Team History

The first Calgary Selects team was formed in 1992 under the direction of one of the founding members of the CPHL and first Selects Team Captain Steve Shelvey. In 1991 Steve began discussions with the Wheelchair Hockey Association in Toronto to create the first ever National Championship of Wheelchair Hockey. It was agreed in 1991 to form the Canadian Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association to make this a reality. The National Cup became known as the Allied Cup.

The first tournament was held at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary in May of 1992. The Ontario Selects of the CEWHA - Toronto Division would go on to win this first Championship and have the honour of raising the Allied Cup for the first time. Toronto would go on to win the next 5 Allied Cups in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 & 1998.

Finally, in May 2000 at Seneca College in Toronto the Calgary Selects won their first ever Allied Cup title. The members of the 2000 Selects were immortalized as the 2000 Canadian National Champions when their names were engraved on the Allied Cup which makes its home at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

In 2001 the world of PowerHockey grew dramatically with the first ever International tournament on North American soil with the PowerHockey World Cup in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Calgary Selects made an excellent showing at the event against 10 other teams from around the world by winning the Silver Medal and having the most goals for and fewest goals against. Mike Jorgensen finished with a tournament best 4 Shutouts. Mike Falconer & Scott Laing finished in the top 10 in scoring.

The Selects went on to win their 2nd Allied Cup in London, Ontario in the summer of 2005 defeating the Toronto Rock 2-1 in the Championship Game.

In the summer of 2006 the Selects competed on a home court for the first time in 10 years in the 2nd ever PowerHockey Cup. The PowerHockey Cup is a joint tournament of the CEWHA and the United States Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association. In one of the most competitive tournament in recent memory the Calgary Selects ended up in the Championship Game against the Minnesota Stars. After a very exciting game the Calgary Selects were crowed PowerHockey Cup Champions by a score of 4-2.

The Calgary Selects successfully defended their 2006 PowerHockey Cup Championship by winning PowerHockey Cup 2008 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This 2008 version of the Selects were arguably the best tournament team ever formed by the CPHL going undefeated over the 8 games of the tournament.  In the end the Selects again faced the Minnesota Stars in the final defeating them this time in a shutout by a score of 3-0.

The Calgary Selects captured the Allied Cup for the third time in team history in the summer of 2009 at the CEWHA Nationals in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The 2013 Selects travelled to London and won the CEWHA Nationals with an impressive 6-1 record. The 2014 team defied numerous obstacles to capture bronze at the intense 8 team, 2014 PowerHockey Cup.

A new era in PowerHockey tournaments began in 2023 with London hosting an event intended to be more representative of how league play looks. This event was more inclusive and featured many new players.

London is hosting a similar event in 2024. The Selects learned a lot from the ‘23 event and are looking to improve in the second Tournament of Champions.