When the puck drops for the first game of the Esso Cup Sunday morning in Vernon, B.C., three hockey players from Weyburn will be looking to help guide their team to victory. For two of the players, this will be their second time playing in the U18 AAA female hockey national championships, while the third will be making her debut on the national stage.  

The Regina Rebels are representing not just the province, but the West region, for the second consecutive year. They qualified for the national tournament last year and came home with the bronze medal. This year, the team will be looking to build on the success from last year and aim to bring a gold medal back to the province.  

Forward Addison Greve will be making her second appearance at the Esso Cup. Last year, she finished with four assists in seven games. So far this season, Greve has been steadily improving, finishing the regular season with 35 points in 30 games, and another three points in the postseason.  

Rayna Hennie, a blue liner in her second year with the Rebels as well, finished up the regular season with eight points in 30 games and then added an assist during the postseason. Last year, she finished the Esso Cup with a goal and two assists.  

For Ella Schenher, this is her first year with the Rebels. The rookie closed out the regular season with five goals and five assists and will be looking to make an impact when the tournament starts.  

The Rebels will play the opening game of the tournament on Sunday when they face the North York Storm out of Ontario. Monday morning they play the Quebec champion L’Intrepide de l’Outaouais, and the Pacific champion Edmonton Junior Oilers Tuesday. Wednesday they face the host Thompson-Okanagan Lakers and finish off the round-robin Thursday against the Northern Selects from the Atlantic region.