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Hockey Alberta Announces 2013 ATB Alberta Cup Team Staff

Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the team staff members for the eight zone teams that will compete at the 2013 ATB Alberta Cup, April 25-28 in Strathmore, Alberta.

“We look forward to working with each of these coaches and facilitating a learning and growing opportunity for them through the coach mentorship program,” says Hockey Alberta’s Senior Manager of Hockey Development, Tim Leer. “The coaches were all selected because of the skill set they bring, philosophies on athlete development and willingness to grow and share as individuals.”

The staff from each of the eight zone teams - South, Calgary North, Calgary South, Central, Edmonton North, Edmonton South, Northeast and Northwest -  is made up of six positions; Director of Operations, Coach Mentor, Head Coach, two assistant coaches and one trainer.

CLICK HERE FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF ATB ALBERTA CUP COACHING STAFFS

Each team staff member completes an application process to obtain their particular position. Prior experience, certification and Team Alberta program involvement are all taken into consideration.  

The coaching staffs will be responsible for selecting the teams during zone camps taking place March 29-31, all across the province. Zone camps are open to all 1998-born male athletes. Registration for zone camps is open and can be found on the Hockey Alberta website.

 

Zone Camp Locations

 

Northwest - Spruce Grove

Northeast - Vegreville

Edmonton North - Bill Hunter Arena

Edmonton South - Bill Hunter Arena

Central - Blackfalds

Calgary North - Edge School

Calgary South - Edge School

South - Strathmore

The ATB Alberta Cup is the premier hockey event in the province that helps identify the top male bantam aged players from each zone in Alberta.  It is well attended by scouts as they prepare for the Western Hockey League’s bantam draft. In addition to player evaluations, the competition is also an opportunity for administrators, coaches, trainers and referees to be evaluated for future positions within the Team Alberta U16 and Team Pacific Programs.

Former Team Alberta program graduates include such players as Jordan Eberle, Devan Dubnyk, Braden Holtby, Tyler Myers, Tyler Ennis, Dany Heatley, Jay Bouwmeester, Dion Phaneuf, Scott Hartnell, Devin Setoguchi.

ATB Financial is the title sponsor of all Team Alberta programs, including the ATB Alberta Cup and the ATB Alberta Challenge. The Team Alberta Male Program is a two year progression for elite athletes that begins at the ATB Alberta Cup, a U15 age level event, and progresses to the U17 age level. The Team Alberta Female Program is a four year progression for elite athletes that begins at the ATB Alberta Challenge, a U16 age level event, and progresses to the U18 age level. Team Alberta programs feed into Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence.

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Minor hockey packages now available for Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup

CALGARY – Minor hockey teams from across the province have the chance to cheer on Team Alberta at the 2016 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup in Calgary.

Team Alberta will be on the ice for the evening game each night during the preliminary rounds of the tournament, and your entire team can take in the action for just $100 thanks to a specially-priced Minor Hockey Package. The package includes 20 tickets, and if you need more tickets, they can be purchased at $5 apiece.

Contact marketing@whl.ca to purchase your team’s ticket package, and then get ready to cheer on your fellow Alberta players. Teams are encouraged to wear their minor hockey jerseys to show their support.

The 2016 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup runs Oct 19-23 at WinSport in Calgary.

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Novice teams: register now for Dodge Caravan Kids!

Registration is now open for Dodge Caravan Kids for Novice teams across Alberta.

What is Dodge Caravan Kids?

The goal of Dodge Caravan Kids is to help enrich the game of hockey for participating coaches, players and their families. Dodge Caravan Kids represents one of FCA Canada’s key community endeavours.

Each year participating Novice-level hockey teams receive $500 in funding and access to exclusive hockey benefits. To-date, Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, and Ram retailers and FCA Canada Inc. have provided over $6 million to help more than 12,000 teams and 180,000 kids enjoy the game of hockey.

Who is Eligible?

- Canadian novice hockey teams and associations located within 150 kilometres of a Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep® and Ram retailer. Visit www.dodge.ca to locate your closest retailer. (NOTE: Atom divisions teams are ONLY eligible in Atlantic Canada.) Exemptions can be made upon request (i.e. in rural areas where car dealerships are not local).

- Teams and associations are eligible to participate regardless of other corporate sponsorships they may have, unless those partnerships are with a competing automaker or their associated retailer


Program Benefits?

Each team/association enrolled in the Dodge Caravan Kids program will receive:

- $500 in funding. Please contact your local branch/association for further information on funding policies.

- The opportunity to enter the Dodge Caravan Kids photo contest for a chance to win up to $500 in extra funding.

- The opportunity to win a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and $5,000 for your local minor hockey association.


Registration is available between September 23rd, 2016 and December 1st, 2016

Register > | More Information >

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Rule update: adjustment to 7.4 - new emphasis, slew-footing

RED DEER - Hockey Canada has updated Tripping Rule 7.4 in the rule book for the 2016-17 season.

Rule 7.4(b), which pertains to slew footing, contains new language and penalties for this infraction. Rule 7.4(b) now reads:

A player who slew foots an opponent shall be assessed a double minor penalty plus a game misconduct if he is standing still while committing the foul. Should the player be moving (skating) or if an injury results from the infraction, the player shall be assessed a match penalty. A match penalty shall be assessed to any player who attempts to injure or deliberately injures an opponent with a slew foot.

The rationale for the change is to strengthen player safety and to eliminate injuries, namely to the head, from the resulting fall. We need to eradicate dangerous and unprovoked gestures, such as slew footing, from the game.
All people in the game – including players, coaches, officials and spectators – need to understand the rule and to respect the intent as we move to eliminate slew footing from hockey and strengthen player safety.

There is a video available from Hockey Canada that illustrates what officials are looking for when assessing a penalty for slew footing, which can be viewd below:



Hockey Alberta’s Referee Committee thanks everyone for their support and urges patience with the implementation of this rule as we move into the 2016-17 season.

Should you have questions, contact the Officials Zone Chair in your region, or email Dave Shaw at chairman@hareferees.ca.

To download the info bulletin pertaining to Rule 7.4(b), click here.

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Lacing Up – helping Novice players develop their off-ice skills

RED DEER – After a successful program launch in January in Calgary and Edmonton, novice-aged hockey players across Alberta can participate in Lacing Up, an exciting partnership between Hockey Alberta and Respect Group.

Lacing Up is a free, optional, fun, interactive, online, game-based program that helps players aged 6-8 years learn the fundamentals of being a successful, respectful hockey player. Lacing Up focuses on the off-ice skills players need to know to stay healthy, play fair, support their teammates, respect officials, and contribute positively to their team.

The hour-long program features stories, adventures, games, and quizzes “hosted” by five young animated characters and their coach. Topics include:

  • Long Term Player Development: growth and development, nutrition, hydration, and sleep.
  • Playing fair: the Hockey Canada Fair Play Pledge, respect for teammates, officials, and opponents, and recognizing that everyone makes mistakes.
  • Bullying: types of bullying, and what to do if you are the target of bullying, or if you see it happening to someone else.
  • Respect: for the game, each other, and ourselves.

Up and coming hockey players who are just “lacing up” are encouraged to complete this program with a parent or other adult in the household.


To Access Lacing Up

  1. Go to: lacingupalberta.respectgroupinc.com
  2. Select Register Your Profile
  3. Parents/Guardians with an existing Respect in Sport, Respect in Sport Parent Program, Respect in the Workplace, or Respect in School profile: Click the button Lookup. Once you have found your profile and completed registration, you will be prompted to associate existing children to Lacing Up, or Add New Children to your profile
  4. New users for Respect Group programs: Click Register. Parents/Guardians should register themselves in the system first, then follow the prompts to add children to their profile.
  5. Have fun with Coach Mike and the team!

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Help us celebrate the female game!

RED DEER – World Girls Hockey Weekend is quickly approaching, and your team can help us celebrate the female game across the province, country, and world!

For the sixth year in a row, the women’s hockey world will come together for three days – this year from Oct. 7-9 – to celebrate World Girls’ Hockey Weekend.

Associations and teams from across Alberta are encouraged to join in on the global celebration by hosting an event – it doesn’t even have to be about playing the game! Need a few ideas? Click here.

Want to register an event or celebration? CLICK HERE!

In addition to local events, the centrepiece of the weekend for Canadians, as it has been for the past three years, is the Long Game, which brings together players in every province and territory for Red and White bragging rights in five age groups – Atom, Peewee, Bantam, Midget and Senior.

This year, Edmonton will host the Alberta leg of the Long Game. For more information about the Long Game in Edmonton, including a game schedule, click here.

For more information on World Girls’ Hockey Weekend, to find out what’s happening in your area or to follow along with the Long Game, click here.

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Introducing the new Alberta Female Hockey League website

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is proud to introduce a brand new website for the newly created Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL).

The new site, afhl.ca, is the official portal for the three divisions of the Alberta Female Hockey League: Midget AAA, Midget Elite, and Bantam Elite.

Some key features of the new afhl.ca include:

- A fully responsive site that automatically adjusts to the size of your screen, including mobile devices and tablets.
- Full schedules for each league, including a link to the Google map location of each rink.
- A score ticker across the top of the page.
- A stats page for both players and goaltenders, updated automatically once a game score is inputted.
- A league message board, so teams can interact with each other throughout the season.
- A Social Media feed allowing you to keep up with the AFHL on Twitter and Facebook.

The main page of the site will also be updated regularly with league news and information.

Schedules have been added for Midget AAA and Bantam Elite, with the Midget Elite schedule to be added once it’s finalized.

The new website was designed by Edmonton’s Pixel Army, who also re-designed hockeyalberta.ca, and created haprovincials.ca and abcup.ca , both of which the AFHL site is modeled from. Pixel Army worked with Hockey Alberta staff to ensure functionality and appearance that meets the needs of the organization, and the entire hockey community across the province.

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2015 World Junior A Challenge champions, Team Canada West. (Photo courtesy Hockey Canada)


Tickets on sale now for 2016 WJAC

CALGARY – While Canadians enjoy the final weeks of summer, Bonnyville, Alta., is already thinking ahead to December, when the town will welcome the best players from Canada’s 10 Junior A leagues for the 2016 World Junior A Challenge.

The host committee and the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) are already in “hockey mode” with the launch of the event schedule and full-tournament ticket packages, available online and at the Bonnyville District & Centennial Centre box office.

Two Canadian teams and four international squads make up the two groups of three teams that will face off in the 11th edition of the tournament Dec. 11-17 at the R.J. Lalonde Arena of the Bonnyville District & Centennial Centre.

Canada East will be the first Canadian team to see action, taking on the Czech Republic in the tournament-opener on Sunday, Dec. 11, while Canada West will make its debut that night when it faces Switzerland.

“It’s such an honour for our community to host this tournament for our hockey fans,” said Robb Hunter, co-chair of the 2016 World Junior A Challenge. “We’ve been working for months with a dedicated group of volunteers and we’re looking forward to the puck-drop.”

Defending champions Team Canada West plays in Group A with Russia and Switzerland, while Team Canada East is in Group B with the Czech Republic and the United States.

“"The CJHL is extremely proud and excited to bring this event to Bonnyville,” said Kirk Lamb, president of the CJHL. “The community, the volunteers and the fans will create an excellent atmosphere for the teams and will be treated to exceptional competition in return.”


Community impact

Previous editions of the World Junior A Challenge have generated more than $3 million in total economic activity in the host community and province. In addition to the local economic boom, net profits from the event stay in the community to benefit youngsters playing the game at a grassroots level.

This is the second time the event is held in an Alberta community since the tournament’s inception; Camrose hosted the World Junior A Challenge in 2008.

“We are very pleased with our partnership with the CJHL that allows its players to compete at this high-calibre tournament and represent Canada,” said Dean McIntosh, senior director of events and properties for Hockey Canada. “With its 125 communities, the CJHL is a strong part of the Canadian hockey fabric from coast to coast to coast. By hosting events like the World Junior A Challenge collaboratively with the CJHL, we are able to leave a strong legacy, raise funds for local hockey programs, and create an economic impact in excess of $3 million in the host community.”

The first-place team in each group will receive a bye to the semifinals on Thursday, Dec. 15, with the second-place and third-place teams crossing over for the quarterfinals Wednesday, Dec. 14. The losers of the semifinals will meet for the bronze medal on Friday, Dec. 16, while the winners will face off for gold on Saturday, Dec. 17.

Canada West won gold at the first two tournaments, in 2006 and 2007, and also took the top prize in 2011 and 2015. The team also earned silver in 2008, 2009 and 2012, and won bronze in 2013. Canada East earned silver medals in 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011, and claimed bronze in 2008.

For more information on the 2016 World Junior A Challenge, please visit HockeyCanada.ca/WJAC.

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Get your kid in the game with The First Shift

Bauer and Hockey Canada’s The First Shift returns to Alberta again this season, with a new partner: Canadian Tire.

The First Shift is a truly unique experience designed to help your child fall in love with hockey before you buy all the gear. The six-week learn to play program focuses on having fun while learning basic skills. Registration is just $199, which includes full head-to-toe equipment.

More than 144 the First Shift programs have been confirmed for the 2016-17 season in provinces right across the country, many of whom are already fully subscribed. The response from Canadian families is no surprise to program organizers.

“Since those first four pilots in the spring of 2014, the interest in the First Shift has continued to grow, and it has not been an unusual occurrence for us to have to turn away interested families – in fact, it’s much more common for us to see the programs over-subscribed than under,” said Paul Carson, vice-president of membership development for Hockey Canada. “As much as Canada identifies with hockey as a symbol of our country and our citizenship, for parents who didn’t grow up playing the game – be it new Canadians or simply didn’t take part in the sport themselves growing up – The First Shift provides an easy way for them to let their kids try out the sport, and for them to become familiar with hockey’s fundamentals and the basics of the game and the equipment.

“We’ve found a substantive market for The First Shift, and are really excited about the opportunity to welcome one of Hockey Canada’s long-standing partners, Canadian Tire, to the program as we seek to reach double the number of Canadian families this season alone.”

This year, the First Shift returns to 59 communities, while 64 new communities will welcome the program. All programs are run locally by minor hockey associations, and powered by volunteers.


Growing the female game

New this season are 14 all-girl programs. The First Shift has always been open to both boys and girls, but one all-girl program was piloted in 2015-16 in Quebec, and this year, more communities have come on board as part of their strategy to grow the female game in their areas.

With an emphasis on fun, the First Shift allows kids ages 6-10 to easily try hockey for $199, which includes enrollment for a six-week, on-ice curriculum and head-to-toe BAUER equipment that each child can keep. The initiative began in 2014 with four pilot programs in Ontario and Nova Scotia, expanded the following year to 35 programs, and doubled to 81 programs delivered in the 2015-16 hockey season.

Based on surveys of families and parents whose children participated in the First Shift, 86 per cent of participants re-enroll into hockey in the First Shift Transition Program, 100 per cent of parents said their kids had fun, and 100 per cent of parents would recommend the program to a friend.

To learn more about the First Shift and how to register, please visit TheFirstShift.ca.

The First Shift will be offered in seven locations throughout Alberta in the fall, and six in the winter:

Fall Programs:

  • Edmonton
  • Grande Prairie
  • Calgary
  • Lethbridge
  • Medicine Hat
  • Cold Lake
  • Sherwood Park

Winter Programs:

  • Calgary
  • St. Albert
  • Grande Prairie
  • Edmonton
  • Sherwood Park
  • Lac La Biche

For more information on the program nearest you, please visit the Program Locator section at http://www.thefirstshift.ca

The First Shift’s mission is to change the way hockey is offered, to inspire new families to join our community and enroll their kids in our sport. Because we believe in all that hockey has to offer kids, their families and our communities, we designed The First Shift to break down barriers to entry by offering a program that is accessible, affordable, and most importantly, fun!

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Pembina doubles grant – almost 60 sets of ice dividers awarded

RED DEER – The response was overwhelming, with nearly 60 minor hockey associations across Alberta applying to receive ice dividers to help operate Hockey Alberta’s Initiation Program within their organizations.

And Pembina Pipeline Corporation has responded by ensuring that every eligible applicant has a set of divider boards in place for the 2016-17 season.

The Initiation Program encourages associations to have dividers in place to split the ice into smaller sections, thereby providing an emphasis on skill development and safety for players six years and under.

Pembina Pipeline and Hockey Alberta originally partnered on a special grant program that would see Pembina fund approximately 30 sets of divider boards for the upcoming season. However, Pembina agreed to double the grant, thereby ensuring none of this year’s applicants are left out.

“We all know that when we sign our kids up for hockey, we’re doing it to provide them with an opportunity to be a part of a team, learn some new skills, and get some exercise, all in a safe and fun environment. We also know that many families and communities have been hit hard by the economic downturn and that having to purchase temporary boards or foam rink dividers in addition to annual fees would be an additional financial burden. This is a real opportunity for Pembina to get involved, as it hits so many of our core values,” said Don Carter, Pembina’s Athabasca District Manager.

The goal of the grant program is to remove the financial burden for Minor Hockey Associations who require these divider boards.

“We were very pleased with the overwhelming response from our associations, as it shows the importance of offering the Initiation Program for their youngest players,” said Mike Klass, Senior Manager, Business Operations, for Hockey Alberta. “Then, we were ecstatic when Pembina agreed to enhance the grant program, thereby ensuring every eligible applicant would receive divider boards.”

Associations receiving support for divider boards to help operate the Initiation Program are: Airdrie, Blackfalds, Bonnyville, Bowden, Camrose, Castor, Clairmont, Claresholm, Coaldale, Crossfield, Delburne, Drayton Valley, Eckville, Edmonton, Edson, Foothills, Fort Macleod, Fort McMurray, Fort Saskatchewan, Girls Hockey Calgary, Grande Prairie, Hanna, Innisfail, Kneehill, Lac La Biche, Lake Bonavista, Leduc, Lethbridge, Manning, Medicine Hat, Midnapore, Millet, New Sarepta, Pembina, Picture Butte, Red Deer, Redwater, Rocky Mountain House, Rycroft, Sherwood Park, Southwest, Spruce View, St. Paul, Sturgeon, Sylvan Lake, Vegreville, Vulcan, Wabamun, and Winfield.

The dividers are scheduled to be delivered in October.


About the Grant Program:

The grant was available to associations using the Initiation Guidelines in the 2016-17 season. Associations could apply for a full set of foam rink dividers (valued at approximately $3,000) or for funding towards the cost of a set of puck board rink dividers (valued at approximately $6,000).

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Hockey Alberta – proudly unveiling our new visual identity

RED DEER – The newest chapter in the 109-year history of Hockey Alberta begins today.

The body that has overseen amateur hockey in the province since its inception in 1907 is proud to unveil its new visual identity.

The new logo combines a number of elements that focus on how to best represent hockey in Alberta.

Alberta is represented through the use of the official gold and blue colours of the province; a stylized letter ‘A’ that also forms the profile of a net; and the inclusion of the Alberta wordmark at the base of the logo. In addition to the profile of the net, hockey is represented by the silhouette of a player. The player reflects Hockey Alberta’s new Mission statement (adopted in 2015) which focuses on ensuring that all players have the opportunity to participate and enjoy the sport, as well as Hockey Alberta’s status as a member of Hockey Canada.

“We believe the new logo connects our entire organization. For our players from each corner of the province, from grassroots to elite, and for all of our stakeholders who work so hard to ensure everyone has a positive experience in the sport, the new Hockey Alberta brand reflects our pride in our sport in our province,” said Rob Litwinski, Chief Executive Officer of Hockey Alberta.


Hockey Alberta staff proudly celebrate and display the organization’s new logo.

The new logo was created in conjunction with Paul Ongaro of Stadium Sportswear in Edmonton. It replaces the Hockey Alberta logo that had been in place since 2003, and the Team Alberta logo developed over the past decade.

The new visual identity can be noticed immediately at the Hockey Alberta office in Red Deer, where new exterior signage has been installed; on the website at hockeyalberta.ca; on the cover of the 2016-17 Bylaws and Regulations book (also available in digital form on the website); and on all of Hockey Alberta’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube).

The logo will adorn the jerseys worn by on-ice officials this season, as well as Hockey Alberta’s provincial team jerseys. Unveilings of the new Team Alberta jerseys will be held in the fall for the U16 Male team competing at the Western Canada Challenge (Oct. 18-23) in Calgary, and the U18 Female squad heading to the National Women’s U18 championship (Nov. 9-13) in Regina.

The transition to the new visual identity will continue throughout the fall with a new logo for the Hockey Alberta Foundation, new signage for Hockey Alberta’s Regional Centres located in Grande Prairie, Lloydminster, Lethbridge, Calgary and Edmonton; new event and program logos; and new-look stationery and clothing items.

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Team Alberta U18 Female shortlist roster announced

RED DEER - Twenty-seven female hockey players born in 1999-2001 have taken the next step in Hockey Alberta’s U18 Female program.

Team Alberta has announced its shortlist roster for the squad that will participate in Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Championship in Regina. The shortlist includes three goaltenders, 9 defence, and 15 forwards.

Team Alberta U18 Female Shortlist Roster >

Players were selected to the shortlist based on their overall play at the Team Alberta U18 spring camp in May, and at the Provincial Camp in Camrose, July 12-17. Forty-six players were invited to Camrose from the spring camp, and worked through high intensity on-ice sessions, as well as off-ice training and classroom sessions.

“We had a great Provincial Camp in Camrose, and were very pleased with level of talent displayed by all 46 players,” said Mathieu Provencher, Coordinator of Team Alberta, Female. “The 27 shortlisted athletes worked hard to take the next step, and we look forward to seeing what they can bring to Fall Camp in September.”

Team staff includes: Carla MacLeod (head coach), Cassea Schols and Grant Glowinski (assistant coaches), Amanda Tapp (goalie/video coach), Doug MacLeod (head scout), Farah Mukadam (athletic therapist), Amanda Kopjar (equipment manager), and Heather Osgood (strength and conditioning).

The shortlisted players will attend a fall camp in Calgary September 23-25, prior to final decisions on the 20 players selected to the Team Alberta roster.

The national championship event, set for November 9-13, brings together the top U18 female players from across Canada in an eight-team tournament that will feature teams from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario (Red and White), Quebec and Atlantic.

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Bruins legend Bucyk highlights 2016 AHHF induction class

CANMORE – Five outstanding individuals and one team are set to be enshrined in the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Saturday night, including former Boston Bruins legend and Hockey Hall of Fame member Johnny Bucyk.

During his 22 seasons in the NHL, 21 of those with Boston, Bucyk notched 668 goals and 818 assists, finishing his career with 1369 points in 1540 games. He was twice named an NHL All-Star and Lady Byng Trophy winner, and hoisted the Stanley Cup twice with the Bruins in 1969-70, and 1971-72. Click here for Bucyk`s full bio.

Joining Bucyk in the class of 2016 is Mike Rogers (retired NHL and WHA player, and former Calgary Flames broadcaster), Dr. George Kingston (internationally-renowned coach), Terry Ledingham (long-time Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada volunteer), the 1965-66 champion Edmonton Oil Kings, and Larry Kwong, the first player of Asian descent to play in the NHL.

Rogers enjoyed an impressive 12-year professional hockey career in the National Hockey League and the World Hockey Association, and followed that with another two decades as a well-respected pre- and post-game and colour commentator with the Calgary Flames. Click here for Rogers` full bio.

Kingston is one of Canada’s best known and most successful coaches, with a resume that includes almost two decades at the University of Calgary, stints with five National Hockey League teams, Canada’s Olympic and national team programs, and work with five other international programs. Click here for Kingston`s full bio.

Ledingham has been involved in all aspects of hockey since 1967, from being a registrar, equipment manager, sports director, and president of a local minor hockey level right up to holding key positions with Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada. Click here for Ledingham`s full bio.

The year 2016 marks the 50th anniversary for the 1965-66 Edmonton Oil Kings of winning the Memorial Cup championship in Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens. The Oil Kings defeated the Oshawa Generals in six games to claim the national junior championship. Click here for more on the 1965-66 Edmonton Oil Kings.

Kwong played in only one game with the New York Rangers in 1947-48. But as the first player of Asian descent to play in the NHL, he broke the league’s colour barrier 10 years before Willie O’Ree, and became a hero to thousands of Chinese-Canadians, starting a change in attitudes about what a person of minority heritage could achieve in this country. Click here for Kwong`s full bio.

The Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, July 23 at the Coast Hotel in Canmore. Doors open at 5:30 pm, with dinner at 6:30 pm followed by the Induction ceremony, and a special hockey hot stove round table to conclude the evening.

In addition to recognizing the 2016 Induction Class, the Awards Gala serves as a key fundraiser for the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community program. The EKEC program provides grants to support communities and individuals who may not have access or the ability to participate in the game of hockey.

The 2016 Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Awards Gala is presented by the Hockey Alberta Foundation, Hockey Alberta, and ATB Investor Services.

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Team Alberta U16 Male Shortlist Announced

RED DEER – Thirty-two 2001-born players have advanced to the next stage in Hockey Alberta’s U16 Male program.

Team Alberta has announced its shortlist roster for the squad that will participate in the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup in the fall. The shortlist includes four goaltenders, 10 defencemen, and 18 forwards.

Team Alberta U16 Male Shortlist Roster >

Players were selected to the shortlist based on their overall play throughout the Team Alberta program performance, and at the U16 Provincial Camp in Camrose, July 5-10. Eighty players were invited to Camrose, and worked through high intensity on-ice sessions, as well as off-ice training and classroom sessions.

“We were very impressed with the group of athletes we had at Summer Camp this year,” said Mike Kraichy, Manager of Team Alberta. “The next step now is for our team staff to evaluate these 32 players as they compete against their peers, and select our final roster for the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup.”

The staff for the team includes: Bram Stephen (head coach), Matt Keillor and Spiros Anastas (assistant coaches), Ryan Allen (video coach), Derek Purfield (goalie coach), Jamie Porter (head scout), Karyn Fanstone (athletic therapist), and Dave Campbell (equipment manager).

The shortlisted players will be scouted with their club teams in the fall, prior to final decisions on the 20 players selected to the Team Alberta roster. The Challenge Cup brings together the top U16 players from Western Canada with teams representing British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

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Alberta Official making the jump to the NHL

The National Hockey League has hired four new officials for the 2016-17 season, including Medicine Hat’s Chris Schlenker.

From scoutingtherefs.com:

Schlenker, 31, was recently named the WHL’s top official, having received the Allen Paradice Memorial Trophy earlier this year. He completed his third season in the WHL, working the Finals as well as being named to officiate the 2016 Memorial Cup. Schlenker made his professional debut on October 17, 2015, working a game between the AHL’s Toronto Marlies and Albany Devils.

Schlenker, from Medicine Hat, Alberta, played in the WHL. He suited up with the Regina Pats and Prince Albert Raiders from 2001-2005, picking up 786 penalty minutes along the way. The blueliner headed to Europe for a season before returning home and trading his stick for a whistle.

“You just keep your head down and keep working, control what you can control and hope the rest takes care of itself,” said Schlenker at the WHL’s awards banquet. “The last five years it’s kind of gone from junior A to the Western Hockey League and the American League this year. I’ve been pretty fortunate to be in the position I’m in and I’ve had lots of help along the way.”

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Summer Development Camps kick off in Camrose

CAMROSE – Hockey Alberta’s summer provincial development and evaluation camps begin this week in Camrose and run throughout the month of July.

Some of Alberta’s best hockey talent will be on display at these camps, with more than 200 athletes take part in a variety of on-ice and off-ice development opportunities. All camps are open to the public and take place at the Border Paving Arena at the Camrose Recreation Centre.


U16 Female Summer Camp, June 30 – July 3

The U16 Female Provincial Camp is the second stage of development and identification process that feeds into the Team Alberta U18 Female program. The top 60 players participate in on and off-ice training and classroom sessions, and compete in game environments.


U16 Male Provincial Camp, July 5-10

The U16 Male Provincial Camp features the top 80 U16 athletes identified by Hockey Alberta working out in off-ice sessions, as well as on-ice games and practices. From Provincial Camp, a short list will be created, and players scouted with their club teams until the 20-player Team Alberta roster is named for the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup in Calgary.


Officials Development Camp, July 5-10

The Officials Development Camp runs in conjunction with the U16 Male summer camp, as officials work provincial camp games and receive mentoring and evaluation. This is third stage of development for officials, starting with ATB Alberta Cup zone camps, and progressing to the ATB Alberta Cup competition.


Team Alberta U18 Female Summer Camp, July 12-17

The top 46 U18 female hockey players, selected from a spring camp held in Spruce Grove, take part in a variety of games and practices. After the summer camp, players are shortlisted to continue through a fall training camp and scouting process. From there, the final 20-player Team Alberta roster will be selected for the National Women’s Under 18 Championship in Regina, Saskatchewan November 9-13.


AJHL Development Camp, July 19-24

Selected athletes receive both on and off-ice development directed by AJHL/Hockey Alberta staff, and facilitated by the High Performance I Coaching Seminar delegates. The on-ice program will consist of both practice and game sessions, and the off-ice portion will cover athleticism, mental skills and team building as well as the technical and tactical skills required to play in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

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Sam Steel (left-centre) and Kale Clague (right-centre), seen here celebrating Team Alberta’s 2013 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup victory, are two of the 16 Albertans selected at this year’s NHL Entry Draft. (Photo by LA Media)


16 Albertans taken at 2016 NHL Entry Draft

When the 2016 NHL Entry Draft wrapped up on Saturday in Buffalo, 16 Albertans had heard their names called by an NHL team.

Calgary’s Jake Bean was the first to take the stage after the Carolina Hurricanes drafted the highly-touted defenceman in the first round, 13th overall.

Sam Steel, a Sherwood Park native, was the second and final Albertan drafted in the first round, taken 30th overall by the Anaheim Ducks.

The second round featured a pair of players drafted by their hometown teams, with Edmonton’s Tyler Benson and Cochrane’s Dillon Dube drafted 32nd and 56th overall by the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames, respectively. Former Team Alberta Captain Kale Clague of Lloydminster was also taken in the second round, going 51st overall to the Los Angeles Kings.

Another Sherwood Park product, Carter Hart, 2016 WHL (Western Conference) and CHL Goaltender of the Year, was the lone netminder drafted from Alberta, as he went 48th overall in the second round to the Philadelphia Flyers. Hart was the first goaltender taken in the NHL draft.

A full list of Albertans drafted can be found below:

Pick Player Team Position Hometown

FIRST ROUND

13th Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen) Carolina Hurricanes Defence Calgary
30th Sam Steel (Regina Pats) Anaheim Ducks Forward Sherwood Park

SECOND ROUND

32nd Tyler Benson (Vancouver Giants) Edmonton Oilers Forward Edmonton
48th Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips) Philadelphia Flyers Goalie Sherwood Park
51st Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings) Los Angeles Kings Defence Lloydminster
56th Dillon Dube (Kelowna Rockets) Calgary Flames Forward Cochrane

THIRD ROUND

74th Hudson Elynuik (Spokane Chiefs) Carolina Hurricanes Forward Calgary
82nd Carsen Twarynski (Calgary Hitmen) Philadelphia Flyers Forward Calgary
85th Joshua Mahura (Red Deer Rebels) Anaheim Ducks Defence Edmonton

FOURTH ROUND

111th Noah Gregor (Moose Jaw Warriors) San Jose Sharks Forward Beaumont

FIFTH ROUND

133rd Maxime Lajoie (Swift Current Broncos) Ottawa Senators Defence Calgary
144th Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels) St. Louis Blues Forward High River

SIXTH ROUND

159th Brandon Hagel (Red Deer Rebels) Buffalo Sabres Forward Morinville
166th Matthew Phillips (Victoria Royals) Calgary Flames Forward Calgary

SEVENTH ROUND

200th David Quenneville (Medicine Hat Tigers) New York Islanders Defence Edmonton
204th Brayden Chizen (Kelowna Rockets) Minnesota Wild Defence St. Albert

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Twenty-one Albertans invited to 2016 National Teams’ Summer Showcase

CALGARY – The top 196 players in Canada have been invited to attend Hockey Canada’s men’s camps as part of the National Teams’ Summer Showcase from July 26-Aug. 6, with 21 Albertans on the list.

In its second summer, the National Teams’ Summer Showcase will bring together Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp (44 players) and Canada’s national under-17 development camp (111 players) in Calgary, at the Markin MacPhail Centre from July 26-Aug. 2. Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp (41 players) will be hosted in Toronto July 30-Aug 2, and will feature a four-game series against the U.S., Sweden, and Finland from Aug. 3-6 in Plymouth, Mich.

Ryan Jankowski, director of player personnel for Hockey Canada, was responsible for all player selections, with assistance from regional scouts Carl Bouchard (Quebec), Barclay Branch (Ontario), Wade Klippenstein (West), Kevin Mitchell (Atlantic), and Darrell Woodley (Ontario) for the under-17 roster along with branch representatives, and with input from coaches and general managers from across the Canadian Hockey League for the under-18 and under-20 rosters.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the talent we have across the country, and for our coaches and scouts to evaluate the players in our programs,” said Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations and national teams. “These camps are key in selecting our international teams for the 2016-17 season, and we are looking forward to hosting 196 players as they work towards their ultimate goal of wearing the maple leaf.”

U20 Camp Participants:

Cart Hart (Sherwood Park)
Zach Sawchenko (Calgary)
Jake Bean (Calgary)
Dillon Dubé (Cochrane)
Nick Merkley (Calgary)

U18 Camp Participants:

Ian Scott (Calgary)
Brayden Gorda (Edmonton)
Ian Mitchell (Calahoo)
Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Calgary)

U17 Camp Participants:

Carl Stankowski (Calgary)
Sean Comrie (Edmonton)
Jacob Herauf (Sherwood Park)
Jayden Platz (St. Albert)
Ty Smith (Lloydminster)
Jonathan Tychonick (Calgary)
Paycen Bjorklund (Grande Prairie)
Elijah Brown (Edmonton)
Eric Florchuk (Fort Saskatchewan)
Tristen Nielsen (Calgary/Fort St. John, B.C. )
Josh Tarzwell (Red Deer)
Chase Wouters (Lloydminster)

For more information on Hockey Canada and the Program of Excellence, visit HockeyCanada.ca

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The Big Play program returns for a second season

CALGARY – Families looking for financial assistance in placing their children in minor hockey can now apply for The Big Play program for the 2016-17 season.

In its second season, The Big Play is an initiative by Hockey Canada and Jumpstart, aimed at bringing 30,000 kids into the game of hockey over three years.

The vision of Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is: Canada, where all kids have a chance to fulfill their dreams. Jumpstart’s core purpose is to enrich the lives of kids in financial need through sports and physical activity.

Jumpstart is a registered charity that helps kids from financially disadvantaged families participate in organized sports and physical activity. National in scope, but local in its focus, Jumpstart delivers support to children and youth through a Canada-wide network of Chapters and Community Partners.

More Information > | Apply for The Big Play >

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Saturday night’s hot stove panel (from left): Kalle Valiaho (Finnish Ice Hockey Association), Kyle Rehman (NHL Official), Justin Fesyk (Hockey Alberta), Brad Lukowich (former NHL player), and moderator Rob Kerr (Sportsney 960 The Fan).


2016 Coaches Conference puts the focus on player development

CALGARY – As the inaugural Hockey Alberta Coaches Conference wrapped up on Sunday in Calgary, coaches departed with one resonating theme: process over outcome.

More than 80 coaches of all levels from across the province took part in the two-day conference, hearing from 17 of the top minds in the game.

The weekend opened with a keynote address from Dr. Stephen Norris, who challenged coaches to take a hard look at what the future looks like, and to focus that future on the children. Norris also talked about the importance of giving the game back to the players, as it is their game.

Following Dr. Norris on Saturday was Corey McNabb, Director Hockey Development, Hockey Canada (linking practice to games); Jeff Truitt, Associate Coach, Red Deer Rebels (special teams); Dr. Matt Brown, Mental Training Consultant (mental preparation and awareness); Barry Medori, High Performance Coach Mentor, Hockey Alberta (creating a team culture); David Marcoux, Goaltending Coach. Carolina Hurricanes (goalie strategies and goal scoring); and Guy Gadowsky, Head Coach Men’s Hockey, Penn State University (teaching habits over systems).

Saturday’s program wrapped up with a hot stove panel, hosted by Sportsnet 960 The Fan’s Rob Kerr, featuring Hockey Alberta’s Senior Manager, Hockey Development Justin Fesyk, Finnish Ice Hockey Association Regional Coach Kalle Valiaho, NHL officiale Kyle Rehman, and former NHL player and two-time Stanley Cup champion Brad Lukowich.

On Sunday, Tyler Dellow, an Analytics Consultant with the Edmonton Oilers, opened with a presentation on analytics, breaking down what they really mean and how they can be employed by minor hockey coaches.

Sunday’s program also included Steve Hamilton, Head Coach, Edmonton Oil Kings (coaching the ‘right way’); Fran Gow, Provincial Coach Mentor, Hockey Alberta, and Vice President, Hockey Operations of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (game and bench management); Bert Gilling, Head Coach Men’s Hockey, Mount Royal University (the transition game), Shaun Clouston, Head Coach, Medicine Hat Tigers (creating a blueprint for success), and Mel Davidson, General Manager, Hockey Canada National Women’s Team Programs (preparing for short-term competition).

To close out the weekend, Valiaho spoke about international excellence, outlining the similarities and differences in the development of coaches and players in Finland, compared to the process in Alberta.

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Dr. Stephen Norris ready to challenge coaches at 2016 Coaches Conference

Calgary – A week removed from his keynote address at Hockey Alberta’s 2016 Hockey Conference and Annual General Meeting, Dr. Stephen Norris has been confirmed as the Keynote Speaker for the 2016 Coaches Conference.

Dr. Norris headlines a group of 14 speakers set to present during the two-day conference at Mount Royal University in Calgary June 18-19.

During his presentation on Friday, members of Alberta’s hockey community were challenged by Dr. Norris to take a serious look at what the future looks like, and to remember that the future needs to focus on the children in their organization. A similar challenge will likely be put forth to the coaches in attendance this weekend as Dr. Norris focuses on the roles of coaches and the effects they have on athletes.

Dr. Norris is a Consultant, Performance and Development with Hockey Canada, after previously serving as the Executive Vice-President and Chief Sport Officer at the WinSport Canada in Calgary. He played a key role as consultant to the ‘Own The Podium’ program high performance/technical group in the five years prior to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. And he was one of the five founding members and contributors to the ‘Canadian Sport For Life’ movement concerning athlete/participant development and the concept of ‘physical literacy’ within Canada.

Along with presentations, coaches will take part in an interactive hot stove, breakout sessions, social and networking opportunities. The full list of confirmed speakers/topics is as follows:

  • Dr. Stephen Norris (Consultant, Performance and Development, Hockey Canada) – Keynote Address
  • Kalle Valiaho (Regional Coach, Finnish Ice Hockey Association) – International Excellence
  • Mel Davidson (General Manager, National Women’s Team Programs) – Preparing for Short Term Competition
  • Guy Gadowsky (Head Coach, Penn State University Men’s team) – Teaching Habits over Systems
  • Shaun Clouston (Head Coach/General Manager, Medicine Hat Tigers) – Creating a Blueprint for Success
  • Steve Hamilton (Head Coach, Edmonton Oil Kings) – Coaching the Right Way
  • David Marcoux (Goaltending Coach, Carolina Hurricanes) – Goalie Strategies and Goal Scoring
  • Jeff Truitt (Associate Coach, Red Deer Rebels) - Special Teams
  • Corey McNabb (Director of Hockey Development, Hockey Canada) – Linking Practice to Games
  • Bert Gilling (Head Coach, Mount Royal University Cougars Men’s team) – The Transition Game
  • Tyler Dellow (Analytics Consultant, Edmonton Oilers) - Stats and Analytics
  • Barry Medori (Team Alberta Coach Mentor, Hockey Alberta) – Creating a Team Culture
  • Fran Gow (Provincial Coach Mentor, Hockey Alberta/VP Hockey Operations, AJHL) – Game and Bench Management
  • Matt Brown (Mental Training Consultant) – Mental Preparation and Awareness

The 2016 Hockey Alberta Coaches Conference is open to coaches of all levels. The registration fee is $350, and includes conference presentations and breakout sessions, conference program/speaker materials, a registration gift, two lunches, one breakfast, one supper and a coaches social, and draw prizes.

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Curtis Nichols (left) accepts the 2016 Chair of the Board Award from Board Chair Terry Engen.


Nichols receives Chair’s award at 109th Hockey Alberta AGM

RED DEER - Terry Engen and Fran Zinger will return to their positions as Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, of the Board of Directors of the Alberta Amateur Hockey Association (Hockey Alberta).

Engen and Zinger were declared elected to their positions for three year terms during the 109th Hockey Alberta Annual General Meeting held at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer.

Along with the election of officers, four notices of motion were passed. Included among the approved motions were changing the title Executive Director to Chief Executive Officer, and amending the date for the annual general meeting to require it to be held within six months of the end of fiscal year.


(From left) back row: Jerrold Lemko (Director at Large), Dave Sevalrud (Director at Large),
Rob Virgil (Past Chair), Rob Litwinski (CEO), Terry Engen (Chair), Len Samletzki (Director of Finance),
Fran Zinger (Vice Chair) and Freb Horbay (Director at Large). Front row: Life Members Bob Clark,
Don Gatto, Marv Bird and Ernie Boruk.

A highlight of the annual general meeting is the presentation, by Terry Engen, of the Chair of the Board Award. The 2016 recipient is Curtis Nichols, who has been a long time on-ice official, supervisor, zone executive member, and is the former chair of the Referee Council.

A number of Operational Committee volunteers were recognized for their years of dedicated service. Sherry Haarstad was recognized for 10 years as a volunteer, while Jamie Salm, Janet Fairless, Sherri Barrett, Connie Anderson and Michelle Malbeuf were recognized for five years of service.


Sherry Haarstad (centre) receives her 10 year service award from Rob Litwinski (left) and Terry Engen (right).

Several long-time volunteers who are not returning for 2016-17 were also recognized, including: Barrett (Zone 5 Minor Administration Coordinator), Craig Decoursey (Referee Committee), Craig Reid (Operations Advisory Committee), and Lil Fulton (Junior/Senior Female Committee).

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From left: Tim Leer, Colin Derko (Boyle Minor Hockey), Paul Isaac, Boris Rybalka, Rob Dawson, Kevin Kobelka (Hockey Calgary), and Rod Bischke.


Individuals and MHAs honoured with 2016 Hockey Alberta Awards

RED DEER – Six individuals and two minor hockey associations have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to hockey in Alberta.

The 2016 Hockey Alberta Awards were handed out during an awards luncheon Saturday afternoon, sponsored by BFL Canada, as part of Hockey Alberta’s 2016 Hockey Conference and Annual General Meeting.

Minor Hockey Association Executive of the Year: Rod Bischke (Olds Minor Hockey)
Minor Hockey Association of the Year: Hockey Calgary
Meritorious Awards: Rob Dawson, Gary Snydmiller
Provincial Championships Exception Host Site Award: Boyle Minor Hockey (Peewee D Provincials)
Hockey Development Awards: Wade Borynec, Boris Rybalka, Tim Leer

Recipients of the 2016 Referee Committee Awards were also recognized during the luncheon:

Ernie Boruk Award: Craig Decoursey (Cochrane)
Dave Ganley Award: Paul Isaac (Sundre), Ken Dentzien (Sturgeon County)

Zone award winners:

  • South Zone: Ken Heggie (Raymond)
  • Central Zone: Dave Coles, Chris Bruce, and Laurie Rutherford (Calgary)
  • North Central Zone: Brent Ramsay (Spruce View)
  • North Zone: Darryl Holt (Leduc County), Shelley Knowlton (St. Albert) and Jim McAuley (Edmonton)
  • North East Zone: Phil Bexson (Marwayne)
  • Peace Zone: Al Petersen (Grande Prairie)

Award Winner Bios >

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Dr. Stephen Norris, keynote speaker for Hockey Alberta’s Hockey Conference, spoke about growing our game.


Do what’s best for the children in your minor hockey association: Dr. Stephen Norris

RED DEER – Members of Alberta’s hockey community were challenged to take a serious look at what the future looks like, and to remember that the future needs to focus on the children in their organization.

The challenge came from Dr. Stephen Norris, Consultant Performance and Development with Hockey Canada. He was the keynote speaker on Friday to kick off Hockey Alberta’s Hockey Conference and Annual General Meeting at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer.

Norris told the approximately 150 people in attendance that it is their job to step beyond the gossip that tends to dominate their time, and to overcome the existing practices and common ways of doing things to help ensure the future success and existence of the sport. He cited the statistic that hockey in Canada sees a 50 per cent drop in player numbers at each age level.

"We need to think even more creatively in how we are going to keep this sport alive in this province," said Norris. "If you add up all the years of experience in hockey in this room, we should be able to solve anything. But we don’t allow ourselves to."

Norris said that the focus must be on what is best for the players, the children who are interested in playing hockey.

"When kids start playing hockey in Initiation, we have no idea where they’re going in their lives," Norris said. "If we do our jobs well, when they graduate from minor hockey, if they say they learned a lot, and had a great time, you will have done your job. The most precious commodity we have in this commodity-rich province is our children."

The focus of the 2016 Hockey Conference is “Building Your Team”. The goal is help those in attendance develop techniques to:

  • Influence people to embrace change and strive towards being an organization that provides positive experiences for all participants
  • Educate on the reasons why change is beneficial by considering age/level appropriate programming
  • Implement a structure that enables the organization to establish and operate successful programs.

"As you soon as you step up and say, ’I want to be involved,’ there is a responsibility," said Norris.

Following the keynote presentation, Norris was joined in a round-table panel discussion by Keith Hansen, retired volleyball coach at Red Deer College and member of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame; Lyn Radford, Board Chair, 2019 Canada Winter Games; and Rob Litwinski, Executive Director, Hockey Alberta.

During the round-table discussion, the panel talked about some of the key aspects that resonated for them from Norris’ comments in their respective areas of athletics.

Radford talked about the challenges that can exist in putting together a successful administrative team, and the importance of ensuring diversity and a variety of personalities, philosophies and opinions.

Hansen outlined some of the developments that occurred in the world of volleyball at younger age divisions to help overall skill development for all 12 players on a team. He suggested that to reduce the number of players leaving the sport hockey needed to take a new look at how training occurs for athletes at all ages.

And Litwinski reminded everyone that real change has to be inspired locally, it is not something that can be mandated by a provincial body.

Norris previously served as the Executive Vice-President and Chief Sport Officer at Winsport Canada. He played a key role as consultant to the ‘Own The Podium’ program high performance/technical group in the five years prior to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. And he was one of the five founding members and contributors to the ‘Canadian Sport For Life’ movement concerning athlete/participant development and the concept of ‘physical literacy’ within Canada.

The Hockey Conference runs through Saturday, with morning and afternoon sessions focused on guiding and assisting Hockey Operations and Hockey Development personnel to better provide positive services and experiences to the players, and other hockey stakeholders, in their associations.

Other events on Saturday include the annual Hockey Alberta Awards luncheon, and the Annual General Meeting.

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Olds to host 2017 Alberta Challenge

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce Olds as the host site of the 2017 Alberta Challenge.

The bid was submitted by Olds College and the Town of Olds, who will partner to plan and execute the tournament, set for May 4-7, 2017.

"Olds College and the Town of Olds are thrilled to be a part of developing future leaders in female hockey and our Host Organizing Committee is committed to providing a unique and memorable experience for all participants and staff of the 2017 Alberta Challenge in Olds," said Host Organizing Committee Chair Trina Radcliffe.

“Hockey Alberta and Team Alberta are looking forward to bringing the 2017 Alberta Challenge to Olds,” said Team Alberta Manager Michael Kraichy. “The community put together an excellent bid package and hosted a great facility tour, and we’re confident the event will be a major success.”

Olds is no stranger to hosting Hockey Alberta events, having most recently held the 2015 Midget Female A Provincial Championships, and the 2015 Peewee Prospects Cup.

The Alberta Challenge is a core Hockey Alberta Female Development program, providing players, coaches, therapists, equipment managers, administrators and referees an equal opportunity to discover the great qualities of competitive hockey.

The Alberta Challenge is held alternating years when the Alberta Winter Games are not held. The province is divided into North and South regions, with three teams selected from each region. The six teams compete in the Alberta Challenge tournament May 4-7.

Alberta Challenge Information >

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2016 Hockey Alberta Referee Committee award and scholarship winners

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is proud to announce recipients of Referee Committee awards and scholarships for 2016.

The winners were revealed at the 2016 Referee Committee Annual General Meeting, which was held in Red Deer this past weekend.

Ernie Boruk Award: Craig Decoursey (Cochrane)


Craig Decoursey (left) receives his 2016 Ernie Boruk Award.

The Ernie Boruk Award is presented annually to an individual in appreciation of outstanding dedication and contribution to the
Hockey Alberta Referee Committee.


Dave Ganley Award: Paul Isaac (Sundre), Ken Dentzien (Sturgeon County)


Paul Issac (right) receives the Dave Ganley Award as one of two winners.

The Dave Ganley Award is presented to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to Hockey Officiating in Alberta.


Zone award winners:

  • South Zone: Ken Heggie (Raymond)
  • Central Zone: Dave Coles, Chris Bruce, and Laurie Rutherford (Calgary)
  • North Central Zone: Brent Ramsay (Spruce View)
  • North Zone: Darryl Holt (Leduc County), Shelley Knowlton (St. Albert) and Jim McAuley (Edmonton)
  • North East Zone: Phil Bexson (Marwayne)
  • Peace Zone: Al Petersen (Grande Prairie)

Referee Committee Scholarship Recipients: Cole Feth (Camrose), Matthew Moldenhauer (Calgary) & Matt Wass (Medicine Hat)

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2016 Hockey Alberta Coaches Conference adds international flair

CALGARY – The inaugural Hockey Alberta Coaches Conference will have an international feel, as Kalle Valiaho of the Finnish Ice Hockey Association is among the 13 speakers already confirmed for the two-day event.

Along with Valiaho, attendees can look forward to hearing from Mel Davidson, General Manager of the National Women’s Team programs, Penn State University Head Coach Guy Gadowski, and Medicine Hat Tigers Head Coach and General Manager Shaun Clouston, fresh off a stint as Head Coach of Team Canada at the IIHF U18 World Championship.

Along with presentations, coaches will take part in an interactive hot stove, breakout sessions, social and networking opportunities. The full list of confirmed speakers/topics is as follows:

  • Kalle Valiaho (Regional Coach, Finnish Ice Hockey Association) – International Excellence
  • Mel Davidson (General Manager, National Women’s Team Programs) – Preparing for Short Term Competition
  • Guy Gadowsky (Head Coach, Penn State University Men’s team) – Teaching Habits over Systems
  • Shaun Clouston (Head Coach/General Manager, Medicine Hat Tigers) – Creating a Blueprint for Success
  • Steve Hamilton (Head Coach, Edmonton Oil Kings) – Coaching the Right Way
  • David Marcoux (Goaltending Coach, Carolina Hurricanes) – Goalie Strategies and Goal Scoring
  • Jeff Truitt (Associate Coach, Red Deer Rebels) - Special Teams
  • Corey McNabb (Director of Hockey Development, Hockey Canada) – Linking Practice to Games
  • Bert Gilling (Head Coach, Mount Royal University Cougars Men’s team) – The Transition Game
  • Tyler Dellow (Analytics Consultant, Edmonton Oilers) - Stats and Analytics
  • Barry Medori (Team Alberta Coach Mentor, Hockey Alberta) – Creating a Team Culture
  • Fran Gow (Provincial Coach Mentor, Hockey Alberta/VP Hockey Operations, AJHL) – Game and Bench Management
  • Matt Brown (Mental Training Consultant) – Mental Preparation and Awareness

The list of speakers will be updated regularly in the days leading up to the conference.

The 2016 Hockey Alberta Coaches Conference is open to coaches of all levels.The registration fee is $350, and includes conference presentations and breakout sessions, conference program/speaker materials, a registration gift, two lunches, one breakfast, one supper and a coaches social, and draw prizes.

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Dr. Stephen Norris confirmed as keynote speaker at Hockey Conference

RED DEER – Dr. Stephen Norris will be the keynote speaker to open Hockey Alberta’s Hockey Conference and Annual General Meeting on Friday, June 10 at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer.

The keynote address by Norris will kick off two days of sessions and discussions for members of the amateur hockey community in Alberta focused on “Building Your Team.”

Norris is a Consultant, Performance and Development with Hockey Canada, after previously serving as the Executive Vice-President and Chief Sport Officer at the WinSport Canada in Calgary. He played a key role as consultant to the ‘Own The Podium’ program high performance/technical group in the five years prior to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. And he was one of the five founding members and contributors to the ‘Canadian Sport For Life’ movement concerning athlete/participant development and the concept of ‘physical literacy’ within Canada.

Hockey Alberta’s Hockey Conference provides the opportunity for member Minor Hockey Associations, Senior and Junior Club teams, Sport Schools, league administrators, and other hockey industry people, coaches, parents and officials to participate in interactive sessions targeted at some of the hottest topics in the game today.

Following the keynote address on Friday, Norris joins a round table panel to continue the discussion about “Building Your Team”. The goal is help those in attendance develop techniques to:

  • Influence people to embrace change and strive towards being an organization that provides positive experiences for all participants
  • Educate on the reasons why change is beneficial by considering age/level appropriate programming
  • Implement a structure that enables the organization to establish and operate successful programs.

The panelists bring expertise from the financial, sports and volunteer sectors: Lee Deary, Branch Manager, ATB Financial; Lyn Radford, Board Chair, 2019 Canada Winter Games; and Rob Litwinski, Executive Director, Hockey Alberta.

On Saturday, the focus on “Building Your Team” will continue in two streams - one for Hockey Operations personnel, the other Hockey Development staff.

Sessions for Hockey Operations include Strategic Governance and Leadership (led by Scott Robinson, CEO of the 2019 Canada Winter Games), and Efficient Conduct Management (led by Jeremy Haluschak and Ray Boudreau from Hockey Alberta). Sessions for Hockey Development include Affecting the Athlete Experience through Coaching (led by Hockey Alberta’s Fran Gow), and The Athlete Development Matrix (led by Hockey Alberta’s Justin Fesyk). There will also be a joint session on Managing Change Within Your Community, which will feature representatives from several Minor Hockey Associations sharing best practices they have employed to build or restructure their organizations.

Saturday’s schedule also includes the BFL Hockey Alberta Awards Luncheon, and the Annual General Meeting. The AGM, which starts at 4 pm, is the final event of the weekend, and includes elections for positions available on the Board of Directors.

For the complete weekend itinerary, and to register, click here.

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Team Alberta releases U18 Female summer camp invites

RED DEER - Forty-six female hockey players are now one step closer to lacing up for Team Alberta at the 2016 National Women’s Under 18 Championship.

Hockey Alberta has extended invitations to 46 athletes born 1999-2001 to compete at Team Alberta’s U18 Female Summer Development Camp, which runs July 12-17 in Camrose. The list includes six goalies, 16 defense, and 24 forwards.

Team Alberta U18 Female Summer Camp Invite List >

“We’re looking forward to seeing how these 46 athletes perform under elevated pressure at the upcoming camp in Camrose. The level of competition will be extremely high, with a chance to represent Alberta at the U18 Championship on the line.” said Mathieu Provencher, Coordinator of Team Alberta, Female.

The 46 athletes were selected from 88 who attended the spring selection camp in Spruce Grove, which included fitness testing, mental skills preparations, on and off- ice skills sessions, and several games.

From the camp in Camrose, a shortlist will be established, with those players invited to another selection camp in the fall. Team Alberta will compete at the 2016 National Women’s Under 18 Championship in Regina, Saskatchewan, November 9-13.

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Terry Ledingham (right) with fellow 2016 Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame inductee George Kingston.


Terry Ledingham awarded Hockey Canada Order of Merit

Former Hockey Alberta President Terry Ledingham was one of three recipients of the Hockey Canada Order of Merit Award, presented during Hockey Canada’s Spring Congress in Moncton, NB on the weekend. The Order of Merit is presented to individuals who have “served amateur hockey faithfully”.

Ledingham, from Bon Accord, has devoted his life to making a difference in the game of hockey, beginning in 1967. He’s held numerous roles – ranging from equipment manager, vice-president of a hockey league, and president of a minor hockey association to Zone director, vice president and eventually president of Hockey Alberta in 2007. He also served five years on Hockey Canada’s Board of Directors.

The following is a full overview of Ledingham’s hockey involvement. A summary of all award winners recognized by Hockey Canada is available here.

Also receiving Order of Merit Awards were Tom Donovan (Quispamsis, NB) and Judy Bain (Kenora, ON).


Terry Ledingham

2016 Hockey Canada Order of Merit Award (West)

Terry Ledingham always wanted to make a difference in the game. In the beginning, that meant the self-described rink rat sold tickets and programs and did security for the Junior A Crosstown Motor City Maple Leafs. Nearly five decades later that meant sitting on the Board of Directors for the sport’s national governing body. For this lifetime of devotion to – and indeed, making a difference in – the game, Hockey Canada is proud to present its Order of Merit to Terry Ledingham.

Since that first foray to the rink in 1967, Terry has created a lifetime of hockey memories not only for himself but for thousands of kids across Alberta. He’s been an equipment manager and a trainer, a road manager and a registrar, a sports director and a coach, the vice-president of a hockey league and the president of a minor hockey association.

In 1997, Terry took his first position with Hockey Alberta. Three years sitting on the Zone 2 Minor Council were followed by three more as the zone’s director. After two-year terms as Hockey Alberta vice-president of operations and vice-president of development, Terry was elected president. Terry went on to serve five years on Hockey Canada’s Board of Directors.

The success stories started early for Terry. He worked with his home community of Bon Accord, as well as neighbouring Gibbons, to form one minor hockey association, ensuring that the residents of the two small populations would have teams to call their own.

By the time he became a zone chairman for Hockey Alberta in the late 1990s, he was overseeing 39 minor hockey associations with teams spread across nine different leagues, handling registration, travel permits, discipline, clinics and provincial tournaments. In this role, Terry helped form a pilot project, Zone Team, to improve how operations are run in each zone.

When it comes to how the game is played, Terry has always understood that it’s not just fun first; it’s fun and safety first. Over the years he’s sat on committees dedicated to body-checking review, discipline and match penalties, he chaired the Risk and Safety Committee and he presently sits on the Second-Stage Appeal Committee for Hockey Alberta.

As Hockey Alberta’s vice-president of development he worked on a project that examined why body-checking should be taken out of lower levels of hockey. His concern and attention to detail extended beyond those who jump over the boards. As Hockey Alberta president, in 2008 he oversaw the mandate that all coaches, trainers, guest coaches and volunteers wear a helmet when on the ice during practice.

In his role as president, Terry accomplished two of his proudest achievements: opening up the first regional development centre in Grande Prairie and setting up an agreement with Hockey North that allowed their kids to come south and play at a higher level in Alberta.

In recent years Terry has taken great pride in working both with players at Hockey Canada’s national events and with national teams at IIHF events. In 2010, he was the board rep with Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team, the year the team won its first IIHF Women’s World U18 Championship.

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Hockey Calgary expands non-body checking options, restructures Atom leagues

Hockey Calgary has announced changes that should have a positive impact for players at the Atom, Bantam and Midget levels.

Following a pilot program in 2015-16 where body checking was not allowed in Bantam 4 division and below, Hockey Calgary is expanding non-body checking options to include the Midget Division:

  • Body checking will not be permitted within the Bantam 4 division and below within Hockey Calgary league, exhibition or tournament play (same as 2015-16)
  • Body checking’ will not be permitted within the Midget 5 division and below within Hockey Calgary league, exhibition or tournament play

Body Checking - Details >

Hockey Calgary also announced a pilot program to examine a regional-based Atom League for specific divisions within the city. For the 2016-17 season, the League structure for Atom will be:

  • Divisions 1-3 will continue to play ‘City Wide’ (same as 2015-16)
  • Divisions 4-13 (from 2015-16), will be reduced to three wider bands, divisions 4-6 and play in three regional zones, (south, west and north) with associations required to select evenly evaluated teams to play in each of these divisions.

Details/Announcement >

FAQs League Structure >

For more information, go to the Hockey Calgary website at hockeycalgary.ca.

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Female Bantam and Midget Elite – hosts, recruitment areas announced

The Female Hockey Alberta Development Model (ADM) has been finalized for the 2016-17 season.

The ADM outlines the rules, regulations and operating procedures for all Female AAA and Elite hockey in Alberta. It also includes key dates and deadlines for player movement applications, tryouts, affiliations and registration.

Local Minor Hockey Associations (LMHAs) hosting teams within the Female Hockey ADM have been confirmed, and have started the planning process for the upcoming season. There are no boundaries for Midget AAA, while each Midget and Bantam Elite centre has a defined recruitment area.

The Female Hockey ADM includes an outline of the LMHAs that comprise each Elite centre recruitment area. The area name is listed in brackets below after the host centre name.

Host LMHAs for each category of hockey within the Female Hockey ADM are:

Midget AAA (6 teams)

  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Lloydminster
  • Okotoks
  • Red Deer
  • St. Albert

Midget Elite (12 teams)

  • Airdrie (South Central)
  • Calgary (2 teams)
  • Edmonton
  • Grande Prairie (Northwest)
  • Leduc (North Central)
  • Lethbridge (South)
  • Lloydminster (Northeast)
  • Okotoks (Foothills)
  • Red Deer (Central)
  • Sherwood Park (East Capital)
  • St. Albert (West Capital)

Bantam Elite (12 teams)

  • Calgary (2 teams)
  • Edmonton
  • Grande Prairie (Northwest)
  • Leduc (North Central)
  • Lethbridge (South)
  • Lloydminster (Northeast)
  • Okotoks (Foothills)
  • Olds (South Central)
  • Red Deer (Central)
  • Sherwood Park (East Capital)
  • St. Albert (West Capital)

For more information on the Female Athlete Development model:

Female Athlete Development Model >

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Team Alberta Announces U16 Summer Camp invite list

Eighty 2001-born male hockey players have been invited to take the next step in Hockey Alberta’s U16 program.

Invitations have been extended to the players to attend the Team Alberta U16 Male Summer Camp, July 5-10 in Camrose.

Team Alberta U16 Summer Camp Invite List >

“We’re very happy with the list of players we’ve invited to our Summer camp, and these players should be very proud of themselves,” said Michael Kraichy, Manager of Team Alberta. “We’re excited to see these players perform under higher expectations, with a chance to compete at the Western Challenge Cup on the line.”

The list includes eight goalies, 24 defensemen, and 48 forwards. The selection process is based on scouting during the 2015-16 season, and at the 2016 Alberta Cup in Canmore in April, where the players were evaluated by Team Alberta staff. From the camp in Camrose, a shortlist will be established, with those players scouted with their club teams until the 20 players who will comprise the roster for Team Alberta are named in the fall.

The team will compete at the 2016 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup in Calgary in October.

Team Alberta U16 Program Information >

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Red Deer set to host 2016 Mastercard Memorial Cup | Coach of the Month Memorial Cup prize pack winner

RED DEER – Central Alberta is the place to be for Junior hockey fans the next 10 days, as the 2016 Mastercard Memorial Cup kicks off in Red Deer.

It’s been more than four decades since the annual Canadian Junior Hockey League championship was last hosted in Alberta, the last time in Calgary in 1974.

The host Red Deer Rebels will look to bring the Memorial Cup back to Alberta after the Edmonton Oil Kings won it just two years ago. The Rebels will square off against the Brandon Wheat Kings (Western Hockey League champions), London Knights (Ontario Hockey League champions), and the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champions).

The Rebels open the tournament Friday (May 20) at 6:00 p.m. against the Knights. Round-robin play will continue until May 25, with the tournament wrapping up May 29. All games will be played at the Enmax Centrium.

Full Schedule > | Memorial Cup Website >


Fanfest/Special Events

Westerner Park in Red Deer will also be buzzing with activity for the duration of the Memorial Cup. Alongside the on-ice action, Fan Fest will have plenty of activities to entertain the whole family throughout the day. Hockey Alberta will be present at Fanfest every day, offering free activities and giveaways for fans. Fanfest kicks off Friday (May 20) and runs every day during the Memorial Cup.

Fanfest Activities > | Memorial Cup Special Events >


­­­­Hockey Alberta Coach of the Month Memorial Cup prize pack winner

Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce Sean Jamieson of Fort Saskatchewan as the winner of the Coach of the Month Memorial Cup prize pack. Sean spent the 2015-16 hockey season as the Head Coach of the Fort Sask Novice C2 Rangers.

"I believe the best part of coaching is the mentorship you provide to all participates involved in the activity you are coaching," said Sean. " Whether it is the young players or the assistant coaches, everyone has to be developed. Having the opportunity to share positive experiences and seeing the development of skill sets has always inspired me to continue to coach."

As a Coach of the Month nominee, Sean was one of more than 150 coaches entered in the draw to win the Memorial Cup prize pack, which includes game tickets, dinner and accommodations.

2015-16 Coach of the Month winners >

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2016 Hockey Conference & AGM Information

Hockey Alberta’s 2016 Hockey Conference and Annual General Meeting will be held June 10-11 in Red Deer.

The 2016 Hockey Conference provides opportunities for member Minor Hockey Associations, Senior and Junior Club Teams, Sport Schools, League Administrators, and other hockey industry people, coaches, parents, and officials to participate in interactive sessions targeted at some of the hottest topics in the game today.

The conference includes guest speakers, presentations, panel discussions and workshops involving people from all different aspects of sport. The weekend also includes an Awards Luncheon and the Annual General Meeting.

Registration > | 2016 Delegate Package >


To book a room(s) at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer with the Hockey Alberta discount, please click the following link:

Reservations >

*The Sheraton has noted on their reservation page that they will hold the group rate for Hockey Alberta while availability permits, or until May 10th (whichever comes first).


For more information, contact Michelle Skilnick; Manager, Hockey Operations.

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Lloydminster welcomes the 2016 RBC Cup

LLOYDMINSTER – The top Junior A teams from across Canada have descended upon Lloydminster for the 2016 RBC Cup.

The annual national event returns to Alberta for the first time since 2011, when it was hosted by the Camrose Kodiaks. Five teams compete in round-robin play starting tomorrow (May 14), with the championship final set for May 22.

Alberta has a double-shot at the title, as the Brooks Bandits, who qualified as the runner-up at the recent Western Canada Cup in Estevan, will join the host Lloydminster Bobcats as Alberta Junior Hockey League representatives. The Bandits are the last AJHL team to hoist the RBC Cup, winning the national Junior A title in 2013.

Joining the Bandits and Bobcats are the West Kelowna Warriors (British Columbia Hockey League), Carleton Place Canadians (Central Canada Hockey League), and the Trenton Golden Hawks (Ontario Junior Hockey League).

The Bandits open their tournament against the Golden Hawks on Saturday, May 14 at 3:30 p.m., with the Bobcats hitting the ice against the Warriors immediately after at 7:30. All games take place at the Centennial Civic Centre.

Full schedule > | RBC Cup Website >

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Pembina, Hockey Alberta partner on grant for Initiation Program rink dividers

RED DEER – Alberta’s youngest hockey players are the focus for a new grant program developed through a partnership between Hockey Alberta and Pembina Pipeline Corporation.

Hockey Alberta has adopted the Initiation Program as the formal structure for players six years and under. A key component of the Initiation Program sees these budding young athletes skating on a smaller ice surface in order to develop the essential skills of hockey.

To alleviate some of the financial burden for Minor Hockey Associations utilizing the Initiation Program in the 2016-17 season, Hockey Alberta and Pembina Pipeline Corporation have established a grant program to purchase foam rink divider boards. The foam dividers provide a safe and effective way to split the ice for the participants.

“Practicing and playing on a smaller ice surface helps in skill development. More associations having access to divider boards increases the opportunity for these young players to touch the puck more often, and develop the essential basic skills such as skating, shooting and stickhandling,” said Justin Fesyk, Senior Manager, Hockey Development for Hockey Alberta.

The partnership is a natural one for Pembina’s community investment program, which focuses on initiatives that promote safety, health and community building. Pembina aims to create a culture of safety both within its business and in the communities where its employees live, work and play.

“In communities across the province, hockey is a way of life; and Pembina staff are often out on the ice with their families. This is why we have partnered with Hockey Alberta in support of rink dividers for minor hockey associations in our operating communities, as Pembina wants to ensure that kids across Alberta have fun, and stay safe while playing,” says Paul Murphy, Pembina’s Senior Vice President, Pipeline & Crude Oil Facilities.

The grants will be available in July, and Minor Hockey Associations who are looking to apply are encouraged to go to hockeyalberta.ca/players/initiation-program/ for more information.


About the Grant Program:

The grant is available to associations using the Initiation Guidelines in the 2016-17 season. Associations can apply for a full set of foam rink dividers (valued at approximately $3,000) or for funding towards the cost of a set of puck board rink dividers (valued at approximately $6,000).

To be eligible to apply, an MHA must:

  • Be in good standing with Hockey Alberta;
  • Operate within the Hockey Alberta Initiation Guidelines;
  • Have a parent education strategy outlining the Hockey Alberta Initiation Guidelines;
  • Have a Development Director on its executive to support the Initiation Program; and
  • Have an Initiation Director on its executive to lead the Initiation Program.
  • NOTE: Based on response to the grant program, preference may be given to areas with a Pembina field office location.

Deadline for applications is Friday, July 15. Applications are available on the Hockey Alberta website, or by clicking here. Completed applications should be emailed to Hockey Alberta at info@hockeyalberta.ca, with Attn: Ice Divider Grant in the subject line. Late submissions will not be considered.

A committee will review all applications, and successful applicants will be contacted. Once an LMHA has been notified, the requested rink divider system will be ordered by Hockey Alberta, with each order shipped to the MHA upon completion.

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Brooks Bandits headed to the RBC Cup

ESTEVAN, SK - Despite losing to the BCHL’s West Kelowna Warriors in the Western Canada Cup final, the Brooks Bandits are RBC Cup bound.

The Bandits defeated the MJHL champion Portage Terriers 2-1 in Sunday’s runner-up game to claim the second West spot in the RBC Cup, denying the Terriers a chance to repeat as national champions.

After becoming the first ever 4-0 team at the Western Canada Cup following round-robin play, the Bandits advanced straight to the championship final, where they fell 6-0 to West Kelowna.

The Bandits qualified for the 2013 RBC Cup in the same manner, and went on to win a national title.

Alberta will be well represented at the 2016 RBC Cup, as the Lloydminster Bobcats will also be competing for the title as the tournament’s host.

RBC Cup Website >

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(From left) Peyton Krebs, Kirby Dach, and Bowen Byram. (Photos by LA Media)


Albertans go 1-2-3 at 2016 WHL Bantam Draft | Full list of Albertans drafted

CALGARY - For the first time since 1993, Albertans have gone 1-2-3 in the WHL Bantam Draft. In total, 73 players from Alberta were selected in the 2016 draft.

2016 Alberta Cup All-Star Peyton Krebs (Okotoks) was the first overall selection, going to the Kootenay Ice. Kirby Dach (Fort Sask) went to the Saskatoon Blades, who traded up one spot to select him second overall, and Bowen Byram (Lethbridge) rounded out the top three, as the Vancouver Giants took him third overall. A total of 10 players from Alberta went in the first round of the draft, the most out of any province.

Thirty-nine of the players taken at the draft from Alberta are forwards, 25are defencemen selected, and nine are goalies.

A complete list of Albertans taken at the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft can be found below. Players marked with an asterisk (*) were 2016 Alberta Cup All-Stars.

Pick Player Team Position Hometown

FIRST ROUND

1st Peyton Krebs* Kootenay Ice Forward Okotoks
2nd Kirby Dach Saskatoon Blades Forward Fort Saskatchewan
3rd Bowen Byram Vancouver Giants Defence Lethbridge
7th Matthew Robertson* Edmonton Oil Kings Defence Sherwood Park
9th Taylor Gauthier Prince George Cougars Goalie Calgary
12th Rhett Rhinehart Prince Albert Raiders Defence Lloydminster
13th Ethan Browne* Everett Silvertips Forward Sherwood Park
17th Jake Lee Seattle Thunderbirds Defence Sherwood Park
20th Brayden Tracey* Moose Jaw Warriors Forward Calgary
21st Liam Keeler Edmonton Oil Kings Forward Edmonton

SECOND ROUND

23rd Byron Fancy Red Deer Rebels Goalie Claresholm
25th Carson Dyck Swift Current Broncos Forward Lethbridge
27th Daniel Baker Medicine Hat Tigers Defence Edmonton
29th Eric Van Impe Spokane Chiefs Defence Calgary
37th Bryce Bader Calgary Hitmen Forward Sherwood Park
38th Carter Chorney Spokane Chiefs Forward Sherwood Park

THIRD ROUND

44th Deegan Mofford Kelowna Rockets Forward Rocky Mountain House
45th Nicholas Draffin Red Deer Rebels Defence Lethbridge
49th Zach Ashton* Saskatoon Blades Defence Calgary
50th Brett Balas Prince Albert Raiders Goalie Calgary
51st Kirby Proctor Lethbridge Hurricanes Defence Okotoks

FOURTH ROUND

66th Nolan Orzeck Kootenay Ice Defence Calgary
67th Blake Stevenson Tri-City Americans Forward Calgary
68th Tarun Fizer Victoria Royals Forward Chestermere
74th Carter Souch Edmonton Oil Kings Forward Edmonton
76th Kjell Kjemhus Regina Pats Forward Grande Prairie

FIFTH ROUND

88th Brett Wieschorster Kootenay Ice Forward Sherwood Park
90th Brady Nicholas Saskatoon Blades Forward St. Albert
91st Jakin Smallwood Moose Jaw Warriors Forward Leduc
94th Kash Rasmussen Tri-City Americans Forward Cochrane
96th Evan Fradette Portland Winterhawks Goalie St. Albert
99th Matthew Sanders Moose Jaw Warriors Defence Calgary
104th Bryan McAndrews Tri-City Americans Defence Edmonton
106th Ross Hawryluk Spokane Chiefs Goalie Lloydminster
108th Ethan Kruger* Brandon Wheat Kings Goalie Sherwood Park

SIXTH ROUND

114th Max Bulawka Vancouver Giants Forward Harvie Heights
115th Ethan Fitzgerald Moose Jaw Warriors Goalie Calgary
118th Liam Antoniuk Saskatoon Blades Defence Sherwood Park
120th Dylan Holloway Everett Silvertips Forward Bragg Creek
122nd Jackson Rider Calgary Hitmen Defence Lacombe
123rd Aaron Hladiuk Everett Silvertips Defence Calgary
126th Cyrus Toth Spokane Chiefs Defence Edmonton
127th Quinn Olson Price Albert Raiders Forward Calgary
128th Evan Ladoucer Lethbridge Hurricanes Forward Athabasca
130th Konor Campbell Moose Jaw Warriors Defence Edmonton

SEVENTH ROUND

136th Jaden Senkoe Edmonton Oil Kings Forward Westlock
138th Conrad Mitchell Everett Silvertips Forward Thorsby
139th Justin Hall Lethbridge Hurricanes Forward Edmonton
141st Evan Patrician Vancouver Giants Forward Calgary
142nd Edge Lambert Prince George Cougars Forward Grande Prairie
149th Dylan Nevil Moose Jaw Warriors Forward Taber
152nd Niethan Salame Brandon Wheat Kings Defence Edmonton

EIGHTH ROUND

155th Lukas Konashuk Vancouver Giants Forward Bonanza
156th Ethan Mack Saskatoon Blades Forward Edmonton
157th Adam Hall Lethbridge Hurricanes Forward Edmonton
160th Connor Bouchard Tri-City Americans Forward Cochrane
161st Kurtis Labant Spokane Chiefs Forward St. Paul
163rd Eric Parker Prince George Cougars Defence Calgary
165th Drae Gardiner Moose Jaw Warriors Defence Calgary
167th Alex Young Everett Silvertips Forward Calgary
171st Graeme Bryks Seattle Thunderbirds Forward Edmonton
172nd Carter Wickson Lethbridge Hurricanes Goalie Calgary
173rd Kyle Crosbie Kelowna Rockets Forward Didsbury

NINTH ROUND

181st Zachary Okabe Tri-City Americans Forward Okotoks
188th Michael Horon Everett Silvertips Forward Lethbridge

TENTH ROUND

202nd Rajvir Sangha Tri-City Americans Defence Calgary
206th Ryker Evans Regina Pats Defence Calgary
210th Brody Green Kamloops Blazers Forward Edmonton
211th Connor Brock Calgary Hitmen Forward Calgary

Eleventh Round

214th Braden Potter Edmonton Oil Kings Goalie Edmonton
222nd Justin MacDonald Brandon Wheat Kings Defence St. Albert

TWELFTH ROUND

224th Nicksha Eric Kamloops Blazers Defence Fort McMurray
227th Lucas Jones Red Deer Rebels Defence Calgary

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Northeast Trainer Karyn Fanstone. (Photo by: LA Media - lamediadesign.photoshelter.com)


The Alberta Cup: Not Just For Players

While the Alberta Cup brings together 160 of the top bantam-aged male hockey players in the province every year, the impact of the even goes far beyond the ice.

Team Northeast Trainer Karyn Fanstone, Referee Supervisor Craig DeCoursey, and Edmonton Yellow Coach Mentor Matt Keillor share their Alberta Cup experiences, and the role it plays in the development of trainers, officials, and coaches.

The 2016 Alberta Cup was the second for Fanstone, who will return as the athletic therapist for the 2016 Team Alberta U16 Male program. She’ll be joined by Keiller, who will serve as assistant coach of the U16 team, after working as the team’s video coach in 2015.

Go to abcup.ca >

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Calgary South repeats as Alberta Cup Champs | Canmore announced as 2017 host

CANMORE - For the second straight year, Calgary South are the Alberta Cup Champions.

Despite trailing 2-0 and 3-2 at different points in the game, Calgary South used a six goal third period to defeat Northeast 9-3. All-star defenceman Zach Ashton led the way for Calgary South with a goal and two assists, while Ryan Shostak chipped in with a goal and two assists of his own. Taylor Gauthier stood tall for Calgary South, stopping 35 shots, while All-Star goalie Ethan Kruger made 33 saves for Northeast.


Calgary South Captains (from left: Zach Ashton, Nolan Coventry, Matthew Sanders,
and Alex Young) accept the Alberta Cup.

The win is an extra-special one for Calgary South Head Coach Jamie Steer, as he won the first ever Alberta Cup as a player with Calgary South in 1986.

"I want to thank Hockey Alberta for the opportunity to coach (Calgary South) 30 years later," said Steer. "It’s something we set out to do as a team, and as a coaching staff. Obviously every body wanted to win, but to actually come out on top and make it an even 30 years is really exciting."

Team South finished third in the tournament, beating Calgary North 4-1 in the B Final. Earlier in the day, Edmonton Blue erased a 6-1 deficit to defeat Edmonton Blue 9-7 in the C Final, while Central took the D Final over Edmonton Yellow by a score of 5-4.

Alberta Cup All-Stars >

Standings > | Leaders > | Schedule > | Day One Results > | Day Two Results > | Day 3 Results >

As the 2016 Alberta Cup comes to a close, Hockey Alberta is proud to announce the 2017 Alberta Cup will be held in Canmore for the third straight year.

"We couldn’t be more excited to bring the Alberta Cup back to Canmore next year," said Michael Kraichy, Manager of Team Alberta. "This year’s Alberta Cup was even better than the last, and the Host Committee has done an outstanding job once again."

The Alberta Cup is the premier event in the province that helps identify the top male players in Alberta. It is well attended by scouts as they prepare for the Western Hockey League’s bantam draft. In addition to player evaluations, the competition is also an opportunity for administrators, coaches, trainers and referees to be evaluated for future positions with the Team Alberta Program.

Alberta Cup graduates include Matt Dumba, Braden Holtby, Jay Bouwmeester, Dion Phaneuf, Scott Hartnell, Jordan Eberle, Devan Dubnyk, and Andrew Ference.


A Final

Calgary South 9 - Northeast 3

Players of the Game: Calgary South - #4 Drae Gardiner | Northeast - #4 Jake Lee

Boxscore >


B Final

South 4 - Calgary North 1

Players of the Game: South - #16 Peyton Krebs | Calgary North - #9 Connor Brock

Boxscore >


C Final

Edmonton Blue 9 - Northwest 7

Players of the Game: Edmonton Blue - #19 Mitchell Verenka | Northwest - #8 Cameron Aucoin

Boxscore >


D Final

Central 5 - Edmonton Yellow 4

Players of the Game: Central - #15 Deegan Mofford | Edmonton Yellow - #10 Kirby Dach

Boxscore >

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From Left: Ethan Browne, Brayden Tracey, Peyton Krebs, Zach Asthon, Matthew Robertson, and Ethan Kruger. (Photo by LA Media - lamediadesign.photoshelter.com)


2016 Alberta Cup All-Stars, All-Star Official Announced

At Saturday night’s Alberta Cup Banquet at the Canmore Golf and Curling Club, the Tournament All-Stars were announced. All-Stars were voted on by WHL scouts and Team Alberta staff.

Goaltender

#31 Ethan Kruger - Northeast

GP: 2 | MP: 128 | W: 2 | L: 0 | OTL: 0 | T: 0 | SO: 1 | SA: 59 | GA: 2 | SVS: 57 | GAA: 0.94 | SV%: .970


Defence

#2 Zach Ashton - Calgary South

GP: 4 | G: 1 | A: 5 | Pts: 6 | PIM: 4


Defence

#6 Matthew Robertson - Northeast

GP: 3 | G: 1 | A: 2 | Pts: 3 | PIM: 0


Forward

#19 Brayden Tracey - Calgary North

GP: 4 | G: 8 | A: 2 | Pts: 10 | PIM: 17


Forward

#16 Peyton Krebs - South

GP: 4 | G: 1 | A: 3 | Pts: 4 | PIM: 0


Forward

#9 Ethan Browne - Northeast

GP: 4 | G: 5 | A: 3 | Pts: 8 | PIM: 0


All-Star Official

Todd Layton (left) - Central Zone

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2016 Alberta Cup: Day Three Recap

CANMORE - The Alberta Cup Championship final will be a rematch of the final round-robin game, as reigning champion Calgary South will battle Northeast Sunday afternoon.

Calgary South defeated Calgary North 5-3 in the first semi-final of the day Saturday, punching its ticket to the A-Final for the second year in a row.

Despite trailing 2-0 halfway through the third period, Northeast scored two late goals to tie the game, and sealed their spot in the finals with a 3-2 overtime win over Team South.

Earlier in the day, Edmonton Blue and Northwest solidified spots in the C Final with 8-4 and 4-2 wins over Edmonton Yellow and Team Central, respectively.

Edmonton Yellow and Central will meet in the D Final at 8:00 a.m., with the C Final beginning at 8:15. The B Final will get underway at 11:00 a.m., and the A Final kicks off at 1:45 p.m.

Standings > | Leaders > | Schedule > | Day One Results > | Day 2 Results >


Game #13

Edmonton Blue 8 - Edmonton Yellow 4

Players of the Game: Edmonton Blue - #11 Adam Hall | Edmonton Yellow - #6 Neithan Salame

Boxscore >


Game #14

Northwest 5 - Central 0

Players of the Game: Northwest - #9 Stuart Dovey | Central - #1 Bretton Park

Boxscore >


Game #15 (Semi-Final 1)

Calgary South 5 - Calgary North 3

Players of the Game: Calgary South - #4 Drae Gardiner | Calgary North - #19 Brayden Tracey

Boxscore >


Game #16

Northeast 3 - South 2 (OT)

Players of the Game: Northeast - #4 Jake Lee | South - #11 Tarun Fizer

Boxscore >

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2016 Alberta Cup: Day Two Recap

CANMORE - After another busy day of hockey at the Alberta Cup, round-robin play wrapped-up, and the standings are now set heading into Saturday.

Despite a 5-2 loss to Edmonton Yellow, Team South finished on top of Pool A, with Calgary North coming in second after edging Northwest 4-3, and Edmonton Yellow and Northwest finished third and fourth, respectively.

After tying Edmonton Blue 5-5, Calgary South earned the top spot in Pool B by beating Northeast 5-3 in the final game of the day, after Northeast won its first game against Central 5-0. Central took down Edmonton Blue 3-2 to finish third in Pool B, with Edmonton ending up in fourth.

It’ll be a battle of Edmonton to begin the day on Saturday at 9:00 a.m., and at 9:15 a.m. Northwest will take on Central. Another inter-city match-up will follow at 11:45 as Calgary South and Calgary North meet in the first semi-final game, with South and Northeast meeting in the other at 2:15 p.m.

Standings > | Leaders > | Schedule > | Day One Results


Game #7

Calgary South 5 - Edmonton Blue 5

Players of the Game: Calgary South - #20 Alex Young | Edmonton Blue - #14 Liam Keeler

Boxscore >


Game #8

Northeast 5 - Central 0

Players of the Game: Northeast - #2 Liam Antoniuk | Central - #11 Kyle Crosbie

Boxscore >


Game #9

Calgary North 4 - Northwest 3

Players of the Game: Calgary North - #19 Brayden Tracey | Northwest - #11 Kjell Kjemhus

Boxscore >


Game #10

Edmonton Yellow 5 - South 2

Players of the Game: Edmonton Yellow - #31 Noah Weinkauf-Bowman | South - #16 Peyton Krebs

Boxscore >


Game #11

Central 3 - Edmonton Blue 2

Players of the Game: Central - #15 Deegan Mofford | Edmonton Blue - #2 Daniel Baker

Boxscore >


Game #12

Calgary South 5 - Northeast 3

Players of the Game: Calgary South - #4 Drae Gardiner | Northeast - #1 Ross Hawryluk

Boxscore >

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Northeast Head Coach Jack Redlick. (Photo by LA Media - lamediadesign.photoshelter.com)


Mic’d Up at the Alberta Cup

Get the sights and sounds behind the bench with Calgary South Head Coach Jamie Steer and Northeast Head Coach Jack Redlick:

Steer and Redlick will go head-to-head Friday night at 6, with first place in Pool B on the line. Follow along with the game at abcup.ca or on Twitter.

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2016 Alberta Cup: Day One Recap

CANMORE - After a busy first day of the 2016 Alberta Cup, Team South looks to be the team to beat after a pair of wins to open the tournament, sitting atop of Pool A. With a loss and a tie, Northwest and Edmonton Yellow finished day one with a point each.

Northeast and Calgary South each earned a win in their lone games of the day, taking down Edmonton Blue and Team Central, respectively.

Pool B teams will each play a pair of games on day two, while Pool A teams will each play just one. Round-robin play wraps up after day two, with the top two teams in each pool earning a spot in the Alberta Cup semi-finals.

Standings > | Leaders > | Schedule >


Game #1

Calgary North 6 - Edmonton Yellow 1

Players of the Game: Calgary North - #19 Brayden Tracey | Edmonton Yellow - #15 Ethan Mack

Boxscore >


Game #2

South 4 - Northwest 1

Players of the Game: South - #18 Zachary Okabe | Northwest - #1 Evan Fradette

Boxscore >


Game #3

Calgary South 8 - Central 2

Players of the Game: Calgary South -#18 Tyson Upper | Central - #10 Tye Carriere

Boxscore >


Game #4

Northeast 5 - Edmonton Blue 3

Players of the Game: Northeast -#9 Ethan Browne | Edmonton Blue - #10 Brody Green

Boxscore >


Game #5

Northwest 2 - Edmonton Yellow 2

Players of the Game: Northwest - #31 Ryley Osland | Edmonton Yellow - #10 Kirby Dach

Boxscore >


Game #6

South 2 - Calgary North 0

Players of the Game: South - #1 Byron Fancy | Calgary North - #31 Ethan Fitzgerald

Boxscore >

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Twins Adam and Justin Hall (Edmonton Blue) are looking forward to sharing their Alberta Cup experience with each other.


2016 Alberta Cup: It’s All Relative

CANMORE - As 160 of the top 2001-born hockey players in Alberta arrived in Canmore on Wednesday for the 2016 Alberta Cup, there was plenty of excitement in the air. But, for four players, it was an extra-special moment.

Twin brothers Adam and Justin Hall (Edmonton Blue) and cousins Kirby and David Dach (Edmonton Yellow) have the opportunity to share their Alberta Cup experience with a family member.

Adam and Justin say their time with the Alberta Cup so far has been nothing short of incredible, even more so because they can take it all in together.

“It’s a pretty cool experience, I get to play with the best players in Edmonton, and I get to play against the best players in Alberta, it’s cool,” said Adam. “It’s kind of like (Justin and I) are at home, because we know each other so well, and we’re so close.”

“It’s great, we’ve both had a lot of success, and we’ve been working really hard lately, and it’s good to be here with my brother,” said Justin. “We play really well together, so I think we can create some offense together and win some games.”

While playing together isn’t necessarily a new experience for the Halls, who play together in Edmonton, it’s a new experience for the Dach cousins. Kirby and David say they’re looking forward to hitting the ice together this weekend.


Cousins Kirby (left) and David Dach. (Credit: LA Media)

“It’s been really fun, and you get to experience almost what it’s like in the pros, and it’s really good,” said David of his experience so far.

“We know each other pretty much inside out, so that should help us get over our nerves,” said Kirby of playing with his cousin. “It’ll maybe bring more excitement instead of nervousness.”

Alberta Cup Website >

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Canmore set to host the 2016 Alberta Cup

CANMORE – The Canadian Rockies will once again provide the backdrop as 160 of the top 2001-born male hockey players in the province are set to converge in Canmore for the 2016 Alberta Cup.

It’s the second straight year Canmore has hosted the Alberta Cup, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Eight teams will take to the ice at the Canmore Recreation Centre from Thursday to Sunday. The teams include Calgary North, Calgary South, Edmonton Blue, Edmonton Yellow, South, Central, Northeast and Northwest.

The teams will play in a four-day, tournament-format competition. The event also features an education seminar hosted by theWestern Hockey League (WHL).

Full tournament results will be displayed on the score ticker at the top of both hockeyalberta.ca and abcup.ca. Schedules, stats and standings can also be found at abcup.ca. You can also follow along with the action on Twitter.

Tourism Canmore Event Page >

The Alberta Cup is the premier event in the province that helps identify the top male players in Alberta. It is well attended by scouts as they prepare for the Western Hockey League’s bantam draft. In addition to player evaluations, the competition is also an opportunity for administrators, coaches, trainers and referees to be evaluated for future positions with the Team Alberta Program.

Alberta Cup graduates include Matt Dumba, Braden Holtby, Jay Bouwmeester, Dion Phaneuf, Scott Hartnell, Jordan Eberle, Devan Dubnyk, and Andrew Ference.

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Now a head coach in the NHL, Bill Peters points to his time with the Alberta Cup as a key part of his development as a coach.


Reflecting on 30 years of the Alberta Cup: Bill Peters

The 2016 Alberta Cup marks the 30th anniversary of the very first Alberta Cup, played in Edmonton in 1986. We asked a handful of past participants of the Alberta Cup to share their memories with us.

Current Carolina Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters spent two years with Team South at the Alberta Cup – in 2003 as the head coach, and as a coach mentor in 2004. His coaching career began in 1996, where he was an assistant coach with the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs until 2002. His first head coaching job came with the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns, which he held until the 2004-05 season.

Peters then returned to the Spokane Chiefs, this time as head coach, leading the team to a WHL and Memorial Cup Championship in 2008. After spending time as the head coach of the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL, and as an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings, Peters landed his first ever NHL head coaching job in 2014 with the Hurricanes.

Internationally, Peters was the head coach of the gold medal-winning Team Canada squad at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, and will serve as the head coach of Team Canada at the upcoming World Championships in Russia.


Q: Can you still recall your very first day at the Alberta Cup?

A: It’s an exciting time for sure, I remember it clear as a bell. We had a really good team, we had a bunch of the guys from that Airdrie Bantam team that had won the Western Canadian championship, they were a real good group of young men to work with, and I enjoyed every bit of.

I remember having a side bet with Team North, which was coached by Tom Keca, for a case of beer, and I lost the bet. Or you know what, I think I won; I better look up in the standings. If we won, I’m still waiting to get paid, if we lost, I paid the very next day.

Q: Are you still in contact with anyone from the Alberta Cup?

A: For sure I am, Tom Keca is one of them for sure, my assistant coach was a guy who was coaching the Brooks Bandits at the time, he’s over in Europe right now, but he sends me a text every once and awhile. Any time you’re coaching in any of those types of events, there’s always bonds, and there’s always people you stay in touch with, and that’s part of the hockey community. It’s a small community as you go along.

Q: Although it was in different years, but with you coaching a goalie in Cam Ward that also took part in the Alberta Cup, do you two ever share those experiences?

A: You know what, we do. We talk about that a little bit, we talk about that the first time I ever saw Wardo play, he was with the Red Deer Rebels, he was a very good goalie on a very good team. You always talk about that, and as you go along, it’s amazing how many people you cross paths with either at those events, or they played in the same events you either played in or coached in.

Q: How did your time at the Alberta Cup help you in your development as a coach?

A: Well, that’s what it’s all about, it’s all about developing and finding new ways and opportunities to develop, and the Alberta Cup gives that to both players and coaches. As a coach, you’re always looking for experiences, and you always learn from your experiences and grow, and it’s no different on what I’m going to depart on now (The World Championships in Russia).

Q: Was the Alberta Cup one of, if not the first experience for you as a head coach in short-term competition?

A: Yeah it was, and I thought it served me well. I went on from there to doing the World Under-17 with Team Pacific, and then from there did the Ivan Hlinka Team Canada Under-18 team, and after this World Championship would be two World Championships, and we have the World Cup of Hockey coming up in August and September. It’s been outstanding, and the Alberta Cup and that program is there for coaches to take advantage of the opportunity to improve.

Q: Do you have a favourite memory from the Alberta Cup?

A: I just remember more so the excitement. We had a couple practices with our team, and I just remember the excitement of the guys getting prepared to play in the Alberta Cup. I remember going over in a van, we were in Medicine Hat going to the rink to practice, how excited the guys were to be there and to spend time with each other. A lot of those guys knew each other but weren’t teammates, and for that special opportunity for them to be teammates for a weekend is something I’ll never forget.

Q: Do you have any advice for this year’s coaches and team staff?

A: I think the biggest thing is you have to go in with a plan, make sure as a coach you’re prepared, make sure you’re respectful of your players in the situation, and go in there and it’s all about the players. Obviously it’s an identification process for the Western Hockey League for the Bantam Draft, but also for you as a coach to coach against peers that are like-minded. Everyone’s competitive, but you have to go in there with a healthy attitude and do a good job, make sure you put your players on display, and the rest takes care of itself.

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Long-time Hockey Alberta staff member Tim Leer, seen here at the 2005 World U17 Hockey Challenge in Lethbridge, has been a part of the Alberta Cup for nearly 20 years.


Reflecting on 30 years of the Alberta Cup: Tim Leer

The 2016 Alberta Cup marks the 30th anniversary of the very first Alberta Cup, played in Edmonton in 1986. We asked a handful of past participants of the Alberta Cup to share their memories with us.

Tim Leer first started working with Hockey Alberta in 1997, and has been a part of just about every Alberta Cup since then. Now the Executive Director of the Hockey Alberta Foundation, Leer has seen countless players and coaches come through the Alberta Cup who would go on to experience success at all levels. He has seen the Alberta Cup grow into a top level development program which focuses all parts of the game. Leer says the primary goal is player development, but the Alberta Cup has also become a development opportunity for coaches, officials, support staff and administrators, which truly makes the Alberta Cup what is today.


Can you recall your first time at the Alberta Cup?

My first Alberta Cup was in Lethbridge, and it was the first time as Hockey Alberta we awarded the Alberta Cup to a host association. The excitement by the host, community and the energy in the rink was something that I will never forget as young program coordinator for Hockey Alberta.

How have you seen the Alberta Cup grow and change over the years?

Every year we try and raise the bar with the program and its operation/execution. But the players, coaches and officials have all gotten better over the years – the talent level of the players with skills and hockey IQ, the coaches with their level of preparation and knowledge of the game and the officials on their level of commitment to their craft in terms of professionalism and training.

In your mind, how does the Alberta Cup benefit the players?

It is a great opportunity to play best-on-best and gauge where you at with others players outside of your community. But, more importantly, it is a great life and growth experience for the players. Making new friends, team building, new coaches, learning about Team Alberta and being an Alberta Built player are all life lessons that will last far beyond hockey. Embrace the opportunity with a positive mind set and the rest will take care of itself.

What about the coaches, trainers and other team staff?

They are the ones that make it all happen. Without these key people the 30 years of the Alberta Cup doesn’t happen and the program does not become a top level development program in country without the great volunteers in Alberta. To me I am amazed by the level and commitment of the local coaches, trainers, Director of Operations that involved year after year in the Alberta Cup to give back and to also grow and develop themselves. The commitment and level of professionalism we get year after year is very impressive and something we are lucky to have in Alberta.

What’s your favourite Alberta Cup memory?

I would have to say the first year we were in Medicine Hat, as that was the first Alberta Cup that I was responsible for as the lead program staff person. Working closely with the host, other staff and volunteers it was came with a few challenges but was also rewarding and I will remember it and the people for a long time.

Who were the most memorable people you’ve dealt with at the Alberta Cup?

Jerrold Lemko – Director of Operations for the North East Team and then held the Provincial Coordinator position. We developed a friendship that still last today and we also took the program to a new level together – formalizing the coach mentorship program, trainer program and the evaluation process. Jerrold was a key member in building the program.


Leer with Lemko at the closing ceremonies of the 2015 Canada Winter Games.

John Kobal – Lead Provincial Coordinator for the referee program from the South Zone. Relationships are key, and I felt John and I had an excellent relationship and rapport and I think together we moved the referee portion of the Alberta Cup forward. John has a great sense of humour and I always enjoyed spending my Alberta Cup weekends with him.

Coaches, Trainers and Director of Operations – both good and bad! But, they are all there for the players. Regardless of the interaction I had with them and in all situations it was always professional and respectful and through the program many friendships have been formed. Bill Peters, Marty Palechuk, Jerrold Lemko, John Kobal, Blair Becker, Boris Rybalka, Tom Keca and Tyler Broderson, Barry Medori and Larry Pearson, to name a few are all friends as a result of the Alberta Cup program and to me it doesn’t get any better then that.

Do you have any advice for this year’s players?

As mentioned earlier, approach the weekend with a positive mind set and one that you will fully take advantage from a growth and enjoyment perspective. Be a positive team player and treat people right and the hockey will take of itself.

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AJHL, Hockey Alberta partner on elite development camp

RED DEER – A new partnership between Hockey Alberta and the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) will provide exciting opportunities for 80 athletes participating in a six-day development camp in Camrose in July.

The AJHL Development Camp Presented by Hockey Alberta is set for July 19-24, 2016 at the Edgeworth Centre in Camrose. The goal of the partnership is to enhance an already-successful elite development camp that Hockey Alberta has operated over the past three years.

The 2016 camp will feature invited 2000-born athletes who played in the Alberta Minor Midget AAA league this year, and who are not currently on the protected list of a Western Hockey League team. The players will participate in on-ice activities that include six practices and four games, and off-ice and classroom sessions.

“We are excited at the opportunity to partner with the AJHL and provide a truly world class development and exposure opportunity for 80 Alberta athletes,” said Drew Dixon, Manager of Coach Development for Hockey Alberta. “Not only will these players have a unique experience in showcasing their talent to the AJHL and their coaches, but an opportunity to learn from some of Alberta’s best coaches.”

For the athletes attending the camp, the partnership will provide a number of benefits, including:

  • AJHL players serving as team leaders during the camp;
  • AJHL coach participation in player presentations, goalie sessions and off ice activities;
  • An AJHL league presentation for athletes and parents; and
  • Preparation of a scout package and evaluation summary of each player following the camp.

“The Alberta Junior Hockey League is proud to collaborate with Hockey Alberta for this unique opportunity in order to foster the development of an exclusive group of athletes while integrating the experience and knowledge of AJHL Coaches,” said AJHL Commissioner Ryan Bartoshyk. “The event will serve to place a focused emphasis on development and further relations between all parties.”

The camp is doubly beneficial for the participating players, as the on-ice sessions are led by coaches as a component of their participation in the National Coaching Certification Program High Performance 1 (HP1) Seminar.

These coaches are guided by some of the top leaders and mentors in Canada. When not leading the on-ice sessions for the players, the coaches will be taking part in sessions on topics such as special teams, planning to perform, offensive/defensive team play, goaltending, game and bench management, ethics in coaching, and team building.

For more information on Hockey Alberta’s development programming and athlete skills camps, go to hockeyalberta.ca.

For more information on the Alberta Junior Hockey League, go to ajhl.ca.

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Serge Lajoie, an Alberta Cup veteran both as a player and a coach, has been a part of the annual tournament many times, including its inception in 1986.


Reflecting on 30 years of the Alberta Cup: Serge Lajoie

The 2016 Alberta Cup marks the 30th anniversary of the very first Alberta Cup, played in Edmonton in 1986. We asked a handful of past participants of the Alberta Cup to share their memories with us.

Serge Lajoie has a long history of involvement with Hockey Alberta, starting way back in 1986 with the inaugural Alberta Cup in Edmonton, where he won a silver medal with team Northeast. He would then go on to play a handful of games for the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL, followed by one season with the St. Albert Saints of the AJHL. From there, Lajoie enjoyed five seasons with the University of Alberta before playing four more seasons of Division I hockey in Germany.

Lajoie, now the head coach of the U of A Golden Bears, developed as a coach through various Hockey Alberta programs, including many years as a coach or coach mentor in the Alberta Cup, and serving as Head Coach of the Team Alberta U16 Male Program in 2013, winning a gold medal at the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup. Just this past weekend, Lajoie served as an assistant coach for Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship. Prior to joining the Golden Bears, Lajoie spent five seasons as head coach of the Nait Ooksmens team, leading the team to two ACAC championships and two silver medals, while capturing the ACAC Men’s Hockey Coach of the Year award in 2014 and 2015.


Q: How did the Alberta Cup help shape your future - in hockey or otherwise?

A: It was my first experience of short term completion. The Alberta Cup got me noticed by the Kamloops Blazers. It helped me start my Junior career in hockey which prepared me for University hockey a few years later.

Q: What other involvement did you have with Hockey Alberta before/after the Alberta Cup?

A: I have been involved with Hockey Alberta as a Coach and Mentor in Alberta Cups, Head Coach with Team Alberta U16 and various quest speaking engagements with Hockey Alberta Coaching Conferences.

Q: What do you believe coaches can/should take away from their time at the Alberta Cup?

A: It provides a great opportunity to learn from other coaches and allows you to challenge your coaching knowledge.

Q: What has it meant to you to be involved with the Alberta Cup in multiple ways – as a player, coach, and mentor?

A: It has offered me the opportunity to grow as a person and as a coach.

Q: How have you seen the Alberta Cup Change over its 30 years?

A: It not only develops players, but coaches as well. The Alberta Cup has helped raise the level of coaching and player development in our province.

Q: How has the game of hockey changed since you played in the Alberta Cup?

A: The skill level of players has improved tremendously. There is a stronger emphasis on the details and habits. The coaching is much more refined.

Q: Do you still talk to any friends from your Alberta Cup Team?

I still keep in touch with a few guys. Cory Clouston and I played together at the UofA and I have stayed in touch with him over the years.

Q: What’s your favourite Alberta Cup memory?

A: I don’t remember too much about the 1986 year when I played. My most recent memory would be the year I mentored the Northeast team with Sean Beissel as the Head Coach. We had a tremendous team with players that have moved on to prominent WHL careers. Some of those players will be drafted this year in the NHL and I suspect will have strong professional careers. We had Sam Steel, Kale Clague, Carter Hart to name only a few.

Q: Any advice for this year’s players?

A: Enjoy the process and the journey. Embrace pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. Build new friendships. Play with passion. Bring your best effort every day. Be a positive contributor to the success of your team.

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The Brooks Bandits celebrate their third AJHL title in team history. (Photo courtesy of the Brooks Bandits)


Hockey Alberta weekend wrap-up

SPRUCE GROVE – For the third time in five years, the Brooks Bandits are AJHL Champions.

The Bandits sealed their third league title in team history Friday night in Spruce Grove with a 4-1 over the Saints, taking the Gas Drive Cup in five games. Brooks also won back-to-back league titles in 2012 and 2013, and won the RBC Cup National Championship in 2013.

The Bandits now advance to the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup, which runs April 30 – May 8 in Estevan, SK.


WEYBURN, SK – The Midget Female AAA Rocky Mountain Raiders bounced back from a heartbreaking semi-final loss in a big way on Saturday, beating the Saskatoon Stars 3-0 to earn bronze at the Esso Cup.

Raiders goaltender Kate Lloyd, who was named the tournament’s top goaltender, made 21 saves for the shutout win.


Photo credit: Andy Devlin / Hockey Canada Images

The Raiders finished first in round-robin play, but found themselves in the bronze medal game following a 4-3 shootout loss to the Express du Richelieu. The Express would go on to lose 10-3 to the Brantford Ice Cats in the gold medal game.


QUISPAMSIS, NB – The Midget AAA Lloydminster Bandit Pipeline Bobcats also found themselves in the bronze medal game at the Telus Cup, but fell short of a medal with a 6-2 loss to the Lions du Lac St-Louis on Sunday afternoon.

After stumbling to begin the tournament, the Bobcats worked their way into second place in round-robin play, then fell 5-3 to the North York Rangers in Saturday’s semi-final matchup. The Rangers would go on to defeat the host Saint John Vito’s to earn its first Telus Cup in team history.

Lloydminster blueliner and former Team Alberta captain Ty Smith was named the Telus Cup’s top defenceman.

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Jamie Steer’s Alberta Cup journey will come full circle this year as he serves as head coach of Team Calgary South, the same team he won the very first Alberta Cup with in 1986.


Reflecting on 30 years of the Alberta Cup: Jamie Steer

The 2016 Alberta Cup marks the 30th anniversary of the very first Alberta Cup, played in Edmonton in 1986. We asked a handful of past participants of the Alberta Cup to share their memories with us.

Jamie Steer not only played in the inaugural tournament in ’86, he was a part of the Calgary South team that claimed the first ever Alberta Cup championship. He went on to play in the NCAA with Michigan Tech on a scholarship, followed by 11 years of professional hockey, including a year with the Canadian National team. Steer is now the Operations Coordinator for Okotoks Minor Hockey, and now, exactly 30 years after winning the Alberta Cup with Calgary South, will serve as the head coach of that very same team.


How did the Alberta Cup help shape your future - in hockey or otherwise?

It definitely drove me to be better. After seeing the best in the province all in one tournament, it opens up your eyes to how many good hockey players there are.

What other involvement did you have with Hockey Alberta?

As a player I went on from Alberta Cup to what was sort of the top 80 in today’s terms. That was as far as I got. As a coach I have coached Peewee Prospects, Alberta Winter Games and have taken my High Performance 1 certification all in this calendar year.

What has it meant to you to be involved with the Alberta Cup from multiple perspectives?

Okotoks hosted two Alberta Cups which I was the tournament chairman for. I was a player 30 years ago, and now I am a head coach. I love the tournament, as it brings so many good players and coaches together. Everyone guesses it is a highlight for the players, but as a coach it’s a great teaching tool to better anyone involved. It means a lot that Hockey Alberta has given me so many chances to be involved in this, and other events.

How does it feel to coach the very team (Calgary South) this year that you won the very first Alberta Cup with in 1986?

Excitement for sure, also a challenge to give these kids and my coaches an experience like I had, one they won’t forget.

How have you seen the Alberta Cup Change over its 30 years?

The obvious is it went from Midget to Bantam. That change has brought in the WHL as it is the league’s last chance to see Alberta players before the draft. Also, the change from it being just a player event to an overall team event. Coach Mentors helping coaches, experienced directors of operations, and qualified trainers being graded. I also think the rural players have improved greatly since the start of this event. Then, you add in the top 80 camp which is feather in the cap for all players involved.


Steer and the rest of Team Calgary South celebrate winning the first ever Alberta Cup.

How has the game of hockey changed since you played in the Alberta Cup?

The game is so fast now which everyone knows, but it also has improved in skill as well. Add in that every team is well coached and it is a great game. Also, there are so many more good players. Back then there were so many more mistakes, you had more time, and every team had weak players. I still think players back then were great and would have been great in this era as well because they would have adapted but watching today’s hockey amazes me with the speed, skill and how quick decisions are being made.

Do you still talk to any friends from your Alberta Cup Team?

I have one real good friend still from that team but it is amazing that about half the team I still see every so often and can get caught up with a short conversation. Most from the team that still live in Calgary I have talked to in the past 10 years.

What’s your favourite Alberta Cup memory?

Obviously winning it was the best. The second best, I would say, was playing in the Northlands Coliseum when the Oilers were in there prime (although I am not an Oilers fan!!), and third best was the lousy hotel we stayed at. No way Hockey Alberta would allow kids to stay there these days, but we had so much fun in that hotel even with the rif-raf, police sirens and much more.

Any advice for this year’s players?

Enjoy more than the hockey, meet friends and make lasting memories.


Steer (bottom row, centre) hopes to have the same result as the head coach of team
Calgary South as he did as a player in 1986.

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CTV Calgary News Reporter Jordan Kanygin has fond memories of his time at the 2005 Alberta Cup, skating alongside future NHL stars Tyler Myers and Jordan Eberle.


Reflecting on 30 years of the Alberta Cup: Jordan Kanygin

The 2016 Alberta Cup marks the 30th anniversary of the very first Alberta Cup, played in Edmonton in 1986. We asked a handful of past participants of the Alberta Cup to share their memories with us.

Jordan Kanygin skated in the 2005 Alberta Cup in Edson with Team Calgary South. He would continue on to play Junior A hockey with the Calgary Canucks of the AJHL, before pursuing a career in journalism. After spending time as a news and sports reporter with the Eagle 100.9 in Okotoks, including a season as the colour commentator of the AJHL’sOkotoksOilers, and as a reporter and sports director for CHAT TV in Medicine Hat, Jordan is now a news reporter with CTV Calgary.

Q: Can you recall your first game at the Alberta Cup?

A: I do, but it’s not so much a memory of the game itself. I remember first walking into the dressing room. Our team room, with our solid red track jackets and crisp white jerseys hanging in the stalls, seemed too put-together for us to even touch. Everything was in its place – our equipment was strategically arranged in individual stalls, tape rolls were stacked in circular towers, and the Gatorade cooler was flanked by cups for our taking. It seemed so professional to me, as if my 16-year-old self had snuck into an NHL dressing room.

I remember small details of the games themselves – like when my teammate Jordan Eberle seemed to take over games with his skill, or how well Tyler Myers used his incredible reach to shut down opponents – but it was the entire experience that’s really stuck with me. The pressure of being in front of coaches, scouts and parents; getting to know players, who were now my short-term teammates, I’d played against just weeks prior; and the overall commitment to the game by everyone at the tournament. The Edson rink where we played wasn’t glamorous, or even very big, but it felt like the Scotiabank Saddledome for a weekend.

Q: How did the Alberta Cup help shape your future - in hockey or otherwise?

A: The impact of the tournament wasn’t immediately felt by me. I wasn’t taken by any team in the WHL Bantam Draft, I wasn’t recruited by any Junior A teams, I didn’t even make my Midget AAA team the following year. But what the tournament did teach me, and it’s something I try to remember each day, was the commitment and hard work needed to succeed.

Being selected for the Alberta Cup team was an honour. It meant someone felt I was among the top 160 players in the province at my age. But it also opened my eyes to how many talented players were out there. I had a front-row seat to the best hockey players Alberta had to offer. Some of those players would go on to play in the NHL, AHL or professional European ranks. Most, like me, didn’t make it very far in our hockey careers, but I know seeing the commitment the top players had to put in to get to the next level is something that can be applied to every single career, hockey or otherwise.

Do you still talk to any friends from your Alberta Cup Team?

Not as many as I should. The Alberta Cup is so short, so you don’t have a lot of time to form long-term relationships, other than just the base to some. Having said that, there are a few teammates who I speak to regularly and we’ll talk about the tournament every once in a while. We’ll remember the bus rides to the rink full of nervous excitement and the anticipation we felt as we stood in a line, waiting for the rink gate to open and let us onto the ice.

I do follow the careers of many of my Alberta Cup teammates, the ones who still play hockey at a high level. We have very different lives now, but it’s nice to think we all shared a tournament weekend in Edson together.

What’s your favourite Alberta Cup memory?

My favourite memories didn’t even happen on the ice. They are memories that came from coming together as a team off the ice… sharing music on the bus rides, fighting over beds in our shared hotel rooms and hanging out in our limited down time. Our team activity off the ice? A Family Feud game that we spent hours on over the tournament.

When we weren’t pouring over tournament stats online, we were collectively yelling at a computer screen about our answers to the Family Feud Showdown. It was team bonding, we told ourselves.

Do you still follow the Alberta Cup and cheer for your team?

Not yearly, no, but I do pay attention to some of the scores. I cover the announcements every year for my job and remember the excitement I had when I was chosen for the team years ago.

Who were the most memorable people you played with, and why?

I’ve mentioned two, Jordan Eberle and Tyler Myers. They are the most noteworthy due to their professional success. Even at Alberta Cup age, you could see the skill in those two players.

Others are Brandon Kozun, Kris Foucault and Ian Schultz, who each went on to play for the 2009 Calgary Hitmen team that went to the Memorial Cup. The latter two were my Alberta Cup line mates, and now all three play professionally.

Do you have any advice for this year’s players?

Take it all in and enjoy the moment.

It’s cliche, I know, but it’s an event that goes by very, very quickly. There’s pressure and you’re in an unusual environment, but you’re playing with people who may become some of the biggest names in hockey. Enjoy the people and the dressing room and the great coaches and atmosphere, and just have fun.



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Hockey Edmonton announces changes for Bantam and Midget divisions

EDMONTON - At their April 13, 2016 General Meeting Hockey Edmonton voted on a motion which will have an immediate, positive impacts on hockey in the Bantam and Midget divisions of play.

Effective in the 2016-17 hockey season, Hockey Edmonton and its Clubs and Districts will offer body checking in the Divisions of Bantam and Midget in categories of play that participate in Provincial Championships – specifically AAA, AA, A, and B.

Bantam and Midget Tiers 1 and 2 will now be referenced as A and B respectively and compete in Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships in these categories.

All remaining categories of play in Edmonton Federation Hockey League Bantam and Midget divisions will be referenced as Community Hockey programs and renumbered accordingly (e.g. 1, 2, …). All Community Hockey programs will be non body checking categories of play.


Mark Doram, President, stated that: “Our goal is to provide an environment - for athletes of all ability - in which they can develop their skills, compete and foster a love for the game that lasts for life.”

In Community Hockey body contact in all divisions (e.g. Novice to Midget) and categories (e.g. 1, 2…) of play is within the rules as defined by Hockey Canada.

Hockey Edmonton’s Recreational Hockey League will continue to offer non body checking programs of play for those looking for a less rigorous commitment than provided for by Community Hockey.

Hockey Edmonton REM 15AA teams while not participating in a Hockey Alberta Championship will continue to play within REMHL and remain a body checking category of play.

Full release from Hockey Edmonton >

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Six Alberta officials selected for 2016 RBC Cup

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is proud to announce the six Alberta officials selected to work the 2016 RBC Cup in Lloydminster.

Referees Cody Rude (North Zone) and Fraser Lawrence (North), along with linesmen Jared Mackey (Central), Kris Hartley (Central), Chad Huseby (North Central), and Deion Foster (North), will be a part of the 10-person crew that will officiate the annual National Junior A championship.

Hockey Alberta and the Officiating Committee would like to congratulate each official on their selection.

The remaining three referees will be selected from across Canada, while the last linesman will be chosen from either Saskatchewan or BC.

The 2016 RBC Cup is set to run in Lloydminster from May 14-22. For more information, click here.

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Introducing abcup.ca

Hockey Alberta is proud to introduce a brand new website for the 2016 Alberta Cup.

Some key features of the new abcup.ca include:

- A fully responsive site that automatically adjusts to the size of your screen, including mobile devices and tablets.
- A score ticker across the top of both abcup.ca, and hockeyalberta.ca.
- Dynamic player profile pages, complete with a headshot, individual stats and scouting information.
- A Social Media feed allowing you to keep up with the Alberta Cup on Twitter and YouTube.

The main page of the site will also be updated regularly in the days prior to, and during the tournament with stories and updates from the Alberta Cup.

The new website was designed by Edmonton’s Pixel Army, who also re-designed hockeyalberta.ca, and created haprovincials.ca, which the Alberta Cup site is modeled from. Pixel Army worked with Hockey Alberta staff to ensure functionality and appearance that meets the needs of the organization, and the entire hockey community across the province.

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Hockey Alberta weekend wrap-up

STEINBACH, MB – The Allan Cup is coming back to Alberta once again, as the Bentley Generals won the Senior AAA national title in a thrilling fashion on Saturday afternoon.

In what was a rubber match from last year’s Allan Cup in Clarenville, NL, the Generals exacted revenge against the reigning champions and tournament host South East Prairie Thunder with a 4-3 overtime victory.

Bentley’s win marks the third Allan Cup in team history, to go along with four silver medals. The Generals have appeared in the Allan Cup final seven of the last nine years.


REGINA, SK – The North Peace Navigators will be returning home to Alberta with some hardware of their own, landing a bronze medal at the Keystone Cup with a triple-overtime win Sunday afternoon.

It took nearly two full games worth of hockey to decide, but the Navigators defeated the host Extreme Hockey Regina Capitals in the third overtime frame to claim third place at the annual Junior B Western Canada championship.

The 100 Mile House Wranglers (BC) took the gold medal with a 3-2 overtime victory over the AGI Insurance Quakers (Saskatchewan).


Meanwhile, a pair of Alberta teams will vie for national supremacy this week, as the Lloydminster Bandit Pipeline Bobcats (Midget AAA) and the Rocky Mountain Raiders (Midget Female AAA) compete in the Telus Cup and Esso Cup, respectively.

The Raiders are already off to a good start at the Esso Cup in Weyburn, SK, kicking off their tournament with a 2-1 win over Brantford Ice Cats (Ontario), with forward Hailey McCallum earning the Esso Cup’s First Star of the Day honours. The Raiders are back at Monday at 12 noon against Metro Boston Pizza (Atlantic). That game can be viewed live here. All games will be available live on the Esso Cup website.

After making the long trip out to Quispamsis, NB, the Bobcats will begin their quest for the Telus Cup Monday at 1:00 p.m. against the Lions du Lac St-Louis (Quebec). That game can be viewed live here. All games will be available live on the Telus Cup website.

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Midget Female AAA ID Camp Information

The six Midget Female AAA franchises of Alberta’s new Female Hockey Model are preparing for the 2016-2017 season by hosting Spring ID Camps.

Under the new model there are no draw zones and therefore Midget aged players (born in 1999, 2000 or 2001) who reside in Alberta are eligible to participate in and try out for any of the six teams. Registration details are included below:

Red Deer – April 30 (reddeerminorhockey.com)

Okotoks – May 6-8 (ooaaoilerhockey.ca)

Calgary – May 13-15 (girlshockeycalgary.com)

St. Albert – May 21-22 (raidershockey.ca)

Lloydminster – May 7-8 (lloydminsterminorhockey.com)

Edmonton – TBD

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Team Alberta Announces Assistant and Video Coaches for 2016 U16 and U18 Programs

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is proud to announce the assistant and video coaches of Team Alberta for the 2016 U16 Male and U18 Female programs.

Spiros Anastas (Assistant Coach), Matthieu Keillor (Assistant Coach), and Ryan Allen (Video Coach) will join Head Coach Bram Stephen on Team Alberta Male.

Anastas is currently the head coach of the University of Lethbridge men’s hockey team, and has previously served as an assistant coach in the AHL, and in the NCAA. The list of accomplishments for Anastas includes a Calder Cup with the Grand Rapids Griffins in 2013, a bronze medal as an assistant coach with Team Canada at the 2015 World University Games, and a pair of gold medals with the Korean U18 and National teams in 2015.

This season marks Keillor’s sixth year with the U16 program as a coach or a mentor, most recently serving as the team’s video coach in 2015. He’s currently the head coach of the Grande Prairie Midget AAA Storm, and is also the technical director of the Grande Prairie Minor Hockey Association.

Allen is an assistant coach and the assistant general manager with the Drayton Valley Thunder of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Allen has previous experience as an assistant and head coach with the Northeast Flyers, and as an assistant coach with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons, who hosted the 2015 Western Canada Cup.


SCHOLS, GLOWINSKI, TAPP JOIN U18 FEMALE STAFF

Joining Head Coach Carla MacLeod on Team Alberta Female will be Cassea Schols (Assistant Coach), Grant Glowinski (Assistant Coach) and Amanda Tapp (Goalie/Video Coach).

Schols has been the head coach of the Banff Academy Female Prep team since 2014, and was previously head coach of the Midget AAA Edmonton Thunder. The Thunder won the silver medal in the 2014 Esso Cup. She served as an assistant coach at the Alberta Winter Games, and as a head coach at the 2015 Alberta Challenge. Schols was also the summer camp video coach for Hockey Canada’s female development team.

Glowinski is coming off his first year as the head coach of the Sherwood Park Kings Athletic Club Bantam AAA Female Royals. He’s been a hockey program instructor at Colver Bar Junior High since 2013, and a professional skating instruction coach since 2000. With Hockey Alberta, Glowinski was a head coach at the 2015 Alberta Challenge, and an assistant coach at the 2012 Alberta Winter Games.

Tapp brings over 22 years of experience as a goalie coach, this being her fourth straight year with Team Alberta Female, having previously won gold medals with the team at the 2013 U18 Nationals and the 2015 Canada Winter Games. She’s currently the video coach for the Edge School for Athletes, a position she’s held since 2014, while also working with Top Prospects Goaltending. Tapp also spent the 2014-15 season as an assistant coach with the GHC Bantam AAA Rangers.

The U16 Male Program is the third stage of the development and identification process to select a roster for Team Alberta to compete at either the U16 Western Challenge or the Canada Winter Games. The Games are held every four years, with the next event set for 2019 in Red Deer. Players in the U16 Male program will be challenging for the opportunity to compete on one of the three teams that represent Canada each year at the World U17 Hockey Challenge.

The High Performance U18 program works towards identifying the top 20 female players in Alberta, who will comprise Team Alberta U18 representing the province at the National Women’s Under 18 Championship or the Canada Winter Games. Making this team is the pinnacle of female amateur hockey in Alberta, and a major lifetime highlight for the players.

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Kath Surbey (right) is Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for March, and the final winner for the 2015-16 hockey season.


Coach of the Month - March

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for March is Kath Surbey of Calgary, the last recipient for the 2015-16 hockey season.

Surbey is coming off her first season as a Head Coach in the Alberta Major Bantam Female Hockey League, leading the Calgary Bantam AAA Rangers to the 2016 Provincial Championships in St. Albert in March. She played hockey in Calgary growing up, and returned to Alberta in 2015 to work at the Global Sport Academy after playing college hockey at Brown University in Rhode Island and teaching/coaching for five years in Connecticut.

"Coaching allows you to be a lifelong learner; constantly discovering new styles and ideas, taking lessons from the failures and successes of all shapes and sizes, challenging yourself in the same way you challenge your athletes - and ask them to challenge themselves - all in order to improve your craft. It’s like being an athlete again in that way."

"Kath Surbey has been, in a word, wonderful." Said a team parent, who nominated Surbey for the award. "Throughout the course of the season, Kath has taken the time to connect with each of the players and has been not only a coach and mentor to all of the girls, but also their biggest cheerleader. She has made it her primary focus to build a team in which all the players are valued, respected and given the same opportunity to succeed."


Click here to view all the 2015-16 Coach of the Month recipients.

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The North Peace Navigators celebrate their Junior B provincial title.


Hockey Alberta weekend wrap-up

RED DEER - It was quite the busy weekend for hockey across Alberta as the Junior B provincial title was handed out, along with a handful of regional medals for Bantam and Midget teams.

The fifth and final week of Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, concluded Sunday afternoon with the crowning of the Junior B champion.

In the last ever game at the historic Red Deer Arena, the North Peace Navigators edged the Wainwright Bisons 3-2 to claim the gold medal. The Navigators will move on to compete in the Keystone Cup in Regina April 14-17. Earlier in the afternoon, the Wetaskiwin Icemen skated away with the bronze medal after a thrilling 3-2 double overtime win over the host Red Deer Vipers.

The Junior A title is now the last one to be decided in Alberta, as the Alberta Junior Hockey League playoffs continue. Click here for up-to-date results.

List of 2016 Champions | 2016 Champions Photos


Week One Results | Week Two Results | Week Three Results | Week Four Results


Meanwhile, Okotoks played host to the 2016 Western Canada Bantam AAA Championships. Alberta teams fared quite well. The 2016 AMBHL champion Lethbridge Val Matteoti Golden Hawks earned the bronze medal with a 2-1 overtime win over the Winnipeg Monarchs, while the host Rocky Mountain Raiders just missed out on gold, falling 3-2 to the Burnaby Winter Club.

It was more good news for Alberta teams in the Midget AAA circuit. The Lloydminster Bandit Pipeline Bobcats advanced to the 2016 Telus Cup (Quispamsis, NB, April 18-24) by sweeping the best-of-three Pacific Regional series against British Columbia’s Valley West Hawks, 2-0.

On the female side, the Rocky Mountain Raiders swept their Pacific Regional series against the Northern Cougars, punching their ticket to the 2016 Esso Cup in Weyburn, SK, April 17-23.

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Host Raiders meet BC for gold in Western Canadian Bantam final

OKOTOKS – The host Rocky Mountain Raiders will meet the Burnaby Winter Club (British Columbia champions) in the gold medal game at the Western Canadian Bantam Championships.

The Raiders (2-2) and the BC champions (4-0) will face off at 1 pm on Sunday in the Pason Centennial Arena. The gold medal game follows the bronze medal game, which pits the Lethbridge Val Matteotti Golden Hawks (Alberta champions) against Winnipeg Monarchs (Manitoba champions) at 10 am.

Rocky Mountain and Lethbridge finished with identical 2-2 records after round-robin play. However, Rocky Mountain advanced to the championship final by virtue of a 3-2 victory over Lethbridge on Friday afternoon. In fact, it took a dramatic third-period comeback, with Rocky Mountain erasing a 2-1 deficit and scoring the winning goal with three seconds remaining.

Rocky Mountain’s other victory was on Thursday, 5-1, over Yorkton Terriers (Saskatchewan champions). Losses came to Winnipeg (7-3) and Burnaby (4-3). Lethbridge defeated Winnipeg (3-1) and Yorkton (4-1), along with a 4-1 loss to Burnaby.

For complete tournament results, and a link to the purchase tickets for Sunday’s games, go to the tournament website.

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Five Preview

The 2016 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, come to a close this weekend as the Red Deer Vipers host the Junior B provincials.

The Junior B event starts today, and runs until April 3. It will be the last-ever event played in the historic Red Deer Arena.

Select Junior B games will be broadcast live on Mixlr. Click here for the audio stream.

Aside from Junior B, the Junior A title is the only one left undecided. Four teams remain in the hunt in the Alberta Junior Hockey League, as the Brooks Bandits and Camrose Kodiaks clash in the South Final, while the reigning champion Spruce Grove Saints and RBC Cup host Lloydminster Bobcats battle in the North Final. Both series begin on Friday.

The Western Canada Bantam Championship also kicks off Thursday in Okotoks, and features the top Bantam teams from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. You can follow along with the results here.

You can keep track of the Junior B Provincials at haprovincials.ca, by following along with the score ticker at hockeyalberta.ca, on Facebook, or on Twitter (using the hashtags #HAProvincials or #ATBProvincials).


Week One Results | Week Two Results | Week Three Results | Week Four Results


2016 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Bentley Generals
Bentley wins best-of-seven series 4-1

Game One: Stony Plain 1 @ Bentley 4
Game Two:
Bentley 2 @ Stony Plain 6
Game Three:
Stony Plain 1 @ Bentley 4
Game Four
: Bentley 7 @ Stony Plain 4
Game Five: Stony Plain 4 @ Bentley 5 (OT)

Allan Cup – April 11-16, 2016 – Steinbach, Manitoba


Midget AAALloydminster Bandit Pipeline Bobcats vs. Foothills CFR Chemical Bisons
Lloydminster wins best-of-five series 3-0

Game One: Foothills 0 @ Lloydminster 10
Game Two:
Foothills 0 @ Lloydminster 5
Game Three: Lloydminster 3 @ Foothills 0

Telus Cup – April 18-24, 2016 – Quispamsis, New Brunswick


Bantam AAALethbridge Val Matteoti Golden Hawks vs. Sherwood Park United Cycle Flyers
Lethbridge wins best-of-five series 3-0

Game One: Lethbridge 3 @ Sherwood Park 0
Game Two: Lethbridge 4
@ Sherwood Park 3
Game Three: Sherwood Park 3 @ Lethbridge 4

Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship – March 30 - April 3, 2016 – Okotoks, Alberta

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2016 Alberta Cup rosters announced

RED DEER – The rosters have been announced for Hockey Alberta’s 2016 Alberta Cup.

Eight teams will take to the ice at the Canmore Recreation Centre April 28-May 1. The teams include two from each of Calgary and Edmonton, and one each representing the South, Central, Northeast and Northwest zones of the province.

Twenty 2001-born players comprise each roster, along with volunteers serving as head coach, assistant coaches, trainer, and director of operations. Rosters were selected based on performances at zone camps held March 25-27 throughout the province.

The 2016 Alberta Cup marks the 30th Anniversary of the very first Alberta Cup which was held in Edmonton in 1986.

2016 Alberta Cup Rosters

The teams will play in a four-day, tournament-format competition. The event also features an education seminar hosted by the Western Hockey League (WHL).

2016 Alberta Cup Schedule

“The coaching staffs were faced with some very difficult decisions when it came to selecting the 20 players for each team. For the athletes who have earned a roster spot, congratulations. But the work is just beginning, not just for this edition of the Alberta Cup, but also in the competition to earn a spot on the Team Alberta squad that will compete later this year,” said Michael Kraichy, Hockey Alberta’s manager of Team Alberta.

Eighty players will be invited to the U16 Male Provincial Camp in July. This year, players are also vying for spots on Team Alberta at the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup in October in Calgary.

Alberta Cup graduates include Matt Dumba, Braden Holtby, Jay Bouwmeester, Dion Phaneuf, Scott Hartnell, Jordan Eberle, Devan Dubnyk, and Andrew Ference.

Click here for more information on the Alberta Cup.

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Twelve Alberta officials assigned to Western Canada Bantam Championships

Hockey Alberta is proud to announce the 12 officials that have been selected to officiate at the Western Canada Bantam Championships this week in Okotoks.

The 12 officials are:

Curtis Johanson - NC Zone Michelle Barry - Central Zone
Ty Elliot - NC Zone Matt Dewald - Central Zone
Brandon Cimino - North Zone Aiden Forester - Central Zone
Darian Taileur - North Zone Tyler Watson - Central Zone
Thomas Siepp - NE Zone Jayden Paul - Central Zone
Kyle Klenk - NE Zone Todd Layton - Central Zone

Hockey Alberta and the Officiating Committee would like to congratulate each official on their selection.

The Western Canada Bantam Championships run March 31 - April 3 in Okotoks. Click here for the tournament’s website.

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Four Results

Ten more teams skated away with championship banners as week four of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial came to a close this weekend.

Eight gold medals were handed out through provincial tournaments on Sunday. The winning teams are: The Daysland Northstars (Senior AA), Edmonton Avalanche (Junior C), Sherwood Park Squires (Minor Midget AAA), Calgary Royals Gold (Midget AA), Stettler Storm (Midget A), Rocky Mountain Raiders (Midget Female AAA), EGHA Lightning (Bantam Female AAA), and the Beaumont Braves (Peewee AA).

Two more championships were decided by league playoffs over the weekend, with the Bentley Generals (Senior AAA) and the Lloydminster Bandit Pipeline Bobcats (Midget AAA) coming away with gold medals.

Fort McMurray kicked off their provincial tournament by hosting the final Tundra True Spirit of Hockey Day, a partnership between Hockey Alberta and Tundra Process Solutions to celebrate a shared love for hockey and the community that supports the sport.

Just one more provincial title remains up for grabs, as the Red Deer Vipers get set to host the Junior B Provincials on March 31 - April 3, which will be the last ever event in the Red Deer Arena.


2016 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS

Gold Medal Games

Senior AA - Daysland Northstars 3 - Nanton Palominos 0
Junior C - Edmonton Avalanche 5 - Edmonton NEZ Northstars 2
Minor Midget AAA - Sherwood Park Squires 6 - Leduc Oil Kings 3
Midget AA - Calgary Royals Gold 3 - CBHA Rangers 1
Midget A - Stettler Legion Storm 6 - Barrhead Steelers 5
Midget Female AAA - Rocky Mountain Raiders 2 - Calgary Fire 1
Bantam Female AAA - EGHA Lightning 3 - Rocky Mountain Raiders 2 (OT)
Peewee AA - Beaumont Braves 7 - Strathcona Warriors 0

2016 Champions Photos


PREVIOUS RESULTS

Week One Results | Week Two Results | Week Three Results


2016 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Bentley Generals
Bentley wins best-of-seven series 4-1

Game One: Stony Plain 1 @ Bentley 4
Game Two:
Bentley 2 @ Stony Plain 6
Game Three:
Stony Plain 1 @ Bentley 4
Game Four
: Bentley 7 @ Stony Plain 4
Game Five: Stony Plain 4 @ Bentley 5 (OT)

Allan Cup – April 11-16, 2016 – Steinbach, Manitoba


Midget AAALloydminster Bandit Pipeline Bobcats vs. Foothills CFR Chemical Bisons
Lloydminster wins best-of-five series 3-0

Game One: Foothills 0 @ Lloydminster 10
Game Two:
Foothills 0 @ Lloydminster 5
Game Three: Lloydminster 3 @ Foothills 0

Telus Cup – April 18-24, 2016 – Quispamsis, New Brunswick


Bantam AAALethbridge Val Matteoti Golden Hawks vs. Sherwood Park United Cycle Flyers
Lethbridge wins best-of-five series 3-0

Game One: Lethbridge 3 @ Sherwood Park 0
Game Two: Lethbridge 4
@ Sherwood Park 3
Game Three: Sherwood Park 3 @ Lethbridge 4

Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship – March 30 - April 3, 2016 – Okotoks, Alberta

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Four Preview

Eight more teams will be crowned champions as the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, are set to go for another weekend.

Provincial championships set for March 23/24-27 include: Senior AA (Nanton), Junior C (Edmonton), Minor Midget AAA (Calgary), Midget AA (Calgary), Midget A (Stettler), Midget Female AAA (Grande Prairie), Bantam Female AAA (St. Albert), and Peewee AA (Fort McMurray).

In conjunction with their tournament, Fort McMurray hosted the 13thand final Tundra True Spirit of Hockey Day on Wednesday. True Spirit of Hockey Day is a partnership between Hockey Alberta and Tundra Process Solutions to celebrate a shared love for hockey and the community that supports the sport.

Senior AA fans will be able to catch any game from the comfort of their own home, as the Nanton Palominos will be broadcasting each game live on the internet. Click here to access the live stream.

You can keep track of all this weekend’s tournaments at haprovincials.ca, by following along with the score ticker at hockeyalberta.ca, on Facebook, or on Twitter (using the hashtags #HAProvincials or #ATBProvincials).


PREVIOUS RESULTS

Week One Results | Week Two Results | Week Three Results


2016 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Bentley Generals
Bentley leads best-of-seven series 3-1

Game One: Stony Plain 1 @ Bentley 4
Game Two:
Bentley 2 @ Stony Plain 6
Game Three:
Stony Plain 1 @ Bentley 4
Game Four
: Bentley 7 @ Stony Plain 4
Game Five: Saturday, March 26, 7:30 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Bentley
Game Six (if necessary): Friday, April 1, 7:30 p.m. - Bentley @ Stony Plain
Game Seven (if necessary): Sunday, April 3, 7:30 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Bentley (At Red Deer Arena)

Allan Cup – April 11-16, 2016 – Steinbach, Manitoba


Midget AAALloydminster Bandit Pipeline Bobcats vs. Foothills CFR Chemical Bisons
Lloydminster leads best-of-five series 2-0

Game One: Foothills 0 @ Lloydminster 10
Game Two:
Foothills 0 @ Lloydminster 5
Game Three: Thursday, March 24, 7:30 p.m. - Lloydminster @ Foothills
Game Four (if necessary): Friday, March 25, 5:15 p.m. - Lloydminster @ Foothills
Game Five (If necessary): Sunday, March 27, 2 p.m. - Foothills @ Lloydminster

Telus Cup – April 18-24, 2016 – Quispamsis, New Brunswick


Bantam AAALethbridge Val Matteoti Golden Hawks vs. Sherwood Park United Cycle Flyers
Lethbridge wins best-of-five series 3-0

Game One: Lethbridge 3 @ Sherwood Park 0
Game Two: Lethbridge 4
@ Sherwood Park 3
Game Three: Sherwood Park 3 @ Lethbridge 4

Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship – March 30 - April 3, 2016 – Okotoks, Alberta

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Okotoks welcomes the Western Canada Bantam championships

OKOTOKSEilte Bantam AAA hockey players in Western Canada will be converging in Okotoks and the Pason Centennial Centre for the Western Canada Bantam Championships, March 30-April 3.

This prestigious event features elite level 13 and 14-year-old male players in Western Canada, many of whom will be drafted in the upcoming 2016 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. Five teams, representing all four western provinces, will compete in a round-robin format tournament starting March 31. The top two teams advance to the championship final on Sunday afternoon.

Alberta will be represented by two teams. The Lethbridge Val Matteoti Golden Hawks are the Alberta champions, after sweeping Sherwood Park in three games to win the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League title. Lethbridge will be joined by the host Rocky Mountain Raiders.

Other teams representing their respective provinces are: Winnipeg Monarchs (Manitoba), Yorkton Xerox Terriers (Saskatchewan) and Burnaby Winter Club (British Columbia).

“The Town of Okotoks and the Host Committee are very proud to host the 2016 Western Canadian Bantam Hockey Championships,” said Travis Thiessen, co-chair of the event. “This tournament is known for its prestigious role in the development of elite hockey players as they chase their hockey dreams and we are honoured for the opportunity to host the western province representatives and promote our town in putting on this event.”

Action gets underway on Thursday, March 31 with Yorkton and the Raiders opening the tournament at 9 am. Lethbridge faces Winnipeg at 11:45. All games are at the Pason Centennial Arena. The remainder of the tournament schedule is:

Thursday, March 31

  • 9:00 am: Rocky Mountain vs Yorkton
  • 11:45 am: Lethbridge vs Winnipeg
  • 2:30 pm: Yorkton vs Burnaby
  • 5 pm: Opening Ceremonies
  • 5:45 pm: Winnipeg vs Rocky Mountain

Friday, April 1

  • 9 am: Burnaby vs Lethbridge
  • 11:45 am: Yorkton vs Winnipeg
  • 2:30 pm: Rocky Mountain vs Lethbridge

Saturday, April 2

  • 9 am: Winnipeg vs Burnaby
  • 11:45 am: Lethbridge vs Yorkton
  • 2:30 pm: Burnaby vs Rocky Mountain

Sunday, April 3

  • 10 am: Third Place Game, 4th vs 3rd
  • 1 pm: Championship Final, 2nd vs 1st

There also will be special events on Friday and Saturday evening, each of which have a limited number of tickets available to the public.

On Friday, April 1, the ATB Hot Stove Lounge will be held at the Okotoks Best Western Plus. The event starts at 6 pm, and features former NHLers Rob Brown, Rhett Warrener and Jason Wiemer. Tickets are $125 each or $800 for a table of eight, and are available by contacting Travis Thiessen at livingskyproperties@platinum.ca.

On Saturday, April 2, the tournament banquet will be held at the Foothills Centennial Centre. The event starts at 6:30 pm, and sponsored by the Western Hockey League. Tickets are $45, and available by contacting Marilyn Andrews at mia65@shaw.ca.

For updated results, tournament information, or to purchase game tickets, go to the tournament website at: http://okotoksbantamchampionship2016.ramp190.com/.

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Bauer, Hockey Canada Look To Double The First Shift Next Season

CALGARY– Building on the growing success of The First Shift – a learn-to-play hockey program for kids aged 6-10 - Bauer Hockey and Hockey Canada looking to double the number of programs it delivers across the country next season.

With an emphasis on fun, The First Shift allows kids ages 6-10 to easily try hockey for $199, which includes enrollment for a six-week, on-ice curriculum and head-to-toe BAUER equipment that each child can keep. The initiative began in 2012 with four pilot programs in Ontario and Nova Scotia, expanded the following year to 40 programs, and doubled to 80 programs delivered in the 2015-16 hockey season.

“To-date, we’ve introduced more than 4,600 players to the game through The First Shift,” said Mary-Kay Messier, senior director, strategic brand initiatives and partnerships, Bauer Hockey. “The popularity of the program continues to grow for kids and their families, with many of programs having to turn kids away and reaching capacity registration in a matter of days. We’re looking to just about double the number of programs we deliver next season, with a target of 150 The First Shift programs for the 2016-17 season.”

The First Shift was created with the goal of creating an exceptional first experience in hockey not only for young players, but for their entire family.

Based on surveys of families and parents whose children participated in The First Shift, 86 per cent of First Shift participants re-enroll into hockey in the First Shift Transition program, 100 per cent of parents said their kids had fun, and 100 per cent of parents would recommend the program to a friend.

Minor hockey associations asked to register now to bring The First Shift to their community

The First Shift is delivered through minor hockey associations (MHAs) across Canada in partnership with Bauer Hockey and Hockey Canada, and relies on volunteer coaches and program administrators to succeed. MHAs interested in applying to bring The First Shift to their community next year are asked to apply now for both fall and winter 2016-17 sessions.

Part of the responsibilities of the MHAs participating in The First Shift include the provision of two blocks of six successive ice sessions on the same day of the week at the same time each day; a space to host the Welcome Event; a commitment to attend program education sessions; and the ability to provide resource personnel to support the delivery of The First Shift program.

“Hockey Canada wants to see more Canadians enjoying the many benefits of hockey – from its ability to support healthy, active lifestyles, to its inherent social outlet and the many life-skills learned from playing in a team environment,” said Paul Carson, vice-president of membership development at Hockey Canada. “Working with Bauer Hockey, The First Shift was developed to specifically meet the needs of those families who are new to hockey and want a fun way for their children to first experience the game.”

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Three Results

Another busy weekend of Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, came to a close on Sunday, with 14 teams claiming championship banners.

As the weekend wrapped up, seven Bantam teams and seven Atom teams skated away with gold medals: Beaumont Braves (Bantam AA), Edmonton SWZ Oil Kings (Bantam A), Cold Lake (Bantam B), High Prairie (Bantam C), Foremost Flyers (Bantam D), Lethbridge (Bantam Female A), Lacombe Lacoka (Bantam Female B), Springbank Rockies (Atom AA Major), Stony Plain Predators (Atom AA Minor), Olds Grizzlys (Atom A), Sundre Huskies (Atom B), Grimshaw (Atom C), Winfield Mighty Ducks (Atom D), and Okotoks (Atom Female).

The Bantam Female B event saw one of the longest gold medal games in provincial history – nearly seven full periods – before Lacombe prevailed over Lloydminster.

The Bantam AAA title was also decided over the weekend, with the Lethbridge Val Matteoti Golden Hawks sweeping the championship series against the Sherwood Park United Cycle Flyers three games to none. Lethbridge will now advance to the Western Canada Bantam AAA Championships in Okotoks.

In conjunction with the provincials, seven more host communities celebrated Tundra True Spirit of Hockey Day, an ongoing partnership between Hockey Alberta and Tundra Process Solutions to celebrate the love of the game at local schools.

Provincial championships set for March 23/24-27 include: Senior AA (Nanton), Junior C (Edmonton), Minor Midget AAA (Calgary), Midget AA (Calgary), Midget Female AAA (Grande Prairie), Bantam Female AAA (St. Albert), and Peewee AA (Fort McMurray). Fort McMurray will kick off its tournament by hosting the 13th and final Tundra True Spirit of Hockey Day.


2016 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS

Gold Medal Games


Bantam AA Beaumont Braves 5 - Taber Golden Suns 4 (OT)
Bantam A Edmonton SWZ Oil Kings 4 - Lake Bonavista Breakers 2
Bantam B Cold Lake 4 - Stony Plain 2
Bantam C High Prairie 6 - Vermilion 3
Bantam DForemost Flyers 5 - Rocky Raiders 1
Bantam Female A Lethbridge 2 - Edmonton 1 (OT)
Bantam Female BLacombe Lacoka 3 - Lloydminster Lloyd Mall 2 (4OT)
Atom AA MajorSpringbank Rockies 7 - St. Albert Lightning 4
Atom AA Minor Stony Plain Predators 5 - Fort Sask Rangers 4
Atom A Olds 8 - Wetaskiwin 2
Atom BSundre Huskies 4 - Provost Blades 2
Atom CGrimshaw 13 - Ponoka 2
Atom DWinfield 7 - Redwater 3
Atom FemaleOkotoks White 3 - Olds Grizzlys 1

2016 Champions Photos


PREVIOUS RESULTS

Week One Results | Week Two Results


2016 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Bentley Generals
Bentley leads best-of-seven series 2-1

Game One: Stony Plain 1 @ Bentley 4
Game Two:
Bentley 2 @ Stony Plain 6
Game Three:
Stony Plain 1 @ Bentley 4
Game Four
: Wednesday, March 23, 8 p.m. - Bentley @ Stony Plain
Game Five: Saturday, March 26, 7:30 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Bentley
Game Six (if necessary): Friday, April 1, 7:30 p.m. - Bentley @ Stony Plain
Game Seven (if necessary): Sunday, April 3, 7:30 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Bentley (At Red Deer Arena)

Allan Cup – April 11-16, 2016 – Steinbach, Manitoba


Midget AAALloydminster Bandit Pipeline Bobcats vs. Foothills CFR Chemical Bisons
Lloydminster leads best-of-five series 2-0

Game One: Foothills 0 @ Lloydminster 10
Game Two:
Foothills 0 @ Lloydminster 5
Game Three: Thursday, March 24, 7:30 p.m. - Lloydminster @ Foothills
Game Four (if necessary): Friday, March 25, 5:15 p.m. - Lloydminster @ Foothills
Game Five (If necessary): Sunday, March 27, 2 p.m. - Foothills @ Lloydminster

Telus Cup – April 18-24, 2016 – Quispamsis, New Brunswick


Bantam AAALethbridge Val Matteoti Golden Hawks vs. Sherwood Park United Cycle Flyers
Lethbridge wins best-of-five series 3-0

Game One: Lethbridge 3 @ Sherwood Park 0
Game Two: Lethbridge 4
@ Sherwood Park 3
Game Three: Sherwood Park 3 @ Lethbridge 4

Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship – March 30 - April 3, 2016 – Okotoks, Alberta

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Team Alberta Now Accepting Athletic Therapist and Equipment Manager Applications

Hockey Alberta is now accepting athletic therapist and equipment manager applications for Team Alberta’s Male and Female Programs.

Both the U16 and U18 programs are each seeking one athletic therapist and one equipment manager for the Team Alberta U16 and U18 teams that will compete in the 2016 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup and 2016 National Women’s U18 Championships, respectively.

For more information, check the application packages below:

U16 Male Application | U18 Female Application

The application deadline for both programs is April 8.

For more information on the Team Alberta programs, click here.

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Three Preview

RED DEER - Fourteen more champions will be crowned this weekend, as week three of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, get going across the province today.

Provincial championships set for March 17-20 include: Bantam AA (Taber), Bantam A (Beaumont), Bantam B (Drumheller), Bantam C (High Prairie), Bantam D (High Level), Bantam Female A (Edmonton), Bantam Female B (Hinton), Atom AA Major (Edmonton), Atom AA Minor (Bonnyville), Atom A (Lacombe), Atom B (Vegreville), Atom C (Grimshaw), Atom D (Duchess), and Atom Female (Innisfail).

In conjunction with the on-ice action, seven host communities will kick off their weekend with a Tundra True Spirit of Hockey Day, a partnership between Tundra Process Solutions Ltd. and Hockey Alberta to celebrate a shared love for hockey and the community that supports the sport: Taber, High Level, Grimshaw, Hinton Lacombe, Duchess, and Innisfail.

You can keep track of all this weekend’s tournaments at haprovincials.ca, by following along with the score ticker at hockeyalberta.ca, on Facebook, or onTwitter (using the hashtags #HAProvincials or #ATBProvincials).


PREVIOUS RESULTS

Week One Results | Week Two Results


2016 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Bentley Generals
Best-of-seven series tied 1-1

Game One: Stony Plain 1 @ Bentley 4
Game Two:
Bentley 2 @ Stony Plain 6
Game Three:
Friday, March 18, 8 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Bentley
Game Four
: Wednesday, March 23, 8 p.m. - Bentley @ Stony Plain
Game Five: Saturday, March 26, 7:30 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Bentley
Game Six (if necessary): Friday, April 1, 7:30 p.m. - Bentley @ Stony Plain
Game Seven (if necessary): Sunday, April 3, 7:30 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Bentley (At Red Deer Arena)

Allan Cup – April 11-16, 2016 – Steinbach, Manitoba


Midget AAALloydminster Bandit Pipeline Bobcats vs. Foothills CFR Chemical Bisons
Best-of-five series begins March 18

Game One: Friday, March 18, 7 p.m. - Foothills @ Lloydminster
Game Two:
Saturday, March 19, 3 p.m. - Foothills @ Lloydminster
Game Three: Thursday, March 24, 7:30 p.m. - Lloydminster @ Foothills
Game Four (if necessary): Friday, March 25, 5:15 p.m. - Lloydminster @ Foothills
Game Five (If necessary): Sunday, March 27, 2 p.m. - Foothills @ Lloydminster

Telus Cup – April 18-24, 2016 – Quispamsis, New Brunswick


Bantam AAALethbridge Val Matteoti Golden Hawks vs. Sherwood Park United Cycle Flyers
Lethbridge leads best-of-five series 2-0

Game One: Lethbridge 3 @ Sherwood Park 0
Game Two: Lethbridge 4
@ Sherwood Park 3
Game Three: Saturday, March 19, 5:45 p.m. - Sherwood Park @ Lethbridge
Game Four (if necessary): Sunday, March 20, 2 p.m. - Sherwood Park @ Lethbridge
Game Five (If necessary): Wednesday, March 23, 10:15 p.m. - Lethbridge @ Sherwood Park

Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship – March 30 - April 3, 2016 – Okotoks, Alberta

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Two Results

Eleven new provincial champions were crowned on Sunday, highlighting a busy weekend of Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.

Five Midget teams and six Peewee teams walked away from their respective tournaments with gold medals: Calgary Chaos (Midget Female A), Calgary Saints (Midget B), Stettler Storm OK Tire (Midget Female B), Thorsby (Midget C), Valleyview Ice Bears (Midget D), Calgary NW Warriors (Peewee A), St. Albert Hit (Peewee Female A), Airdrie Lightning (Peewee B), Olds Grizzlys (Peewee Female B), Marwayne Sled Dogs (Peewee C), and Clive Avalanche (Peewee D).

In addition to the on-ice action, five host communities kicked off their weekend with a Tundra True Spirit of Hockey Day, a partnership between Tundra Process Solutions Ltd. and Hockey Alberta to celebrate a shared love for hockey and the community that supports the sport: Springbank, Oyen, Foothills, High Prairie and Drayton Valley.

Provincial championships set for March 17-20 include: Bantam AA (Taber), Bantam A (Beaumont), Bantam B (Drumheller), Bantam C (High Prairie), Bantam D (High Level), Bantam Female A (Edmonton), Bantam Female B (Hinton), Atom AA Major (Edmonton), Atom AA Minor (Bonnyville), Atom A (Lacombe), Atom B (Vegreville), Atom C (Grimshaw), Atom D (Duchess), and Atom Female (Innisfail).

Seven more host communities will host a Tundra True Spirit of Hockey Day this week: Taber, High Level, Grimshaw, Hinton Lacombe, Duchess, and Innisfail.


2016 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS

Gold Medal Games


Midget Female ACalgary Chaos 3, Olds Grizzlys 2 (OT)
Midget BCalgary Saints 8, Athabasca 2
Midget Female BStettler Storm OK Tire 4, Lloydminster SCU Blazers 1
Midget CThorsby 7, High Prairie 3
Midget DValleyview Ice Bears 5, Pincher Creek/CNP Huskies
Peewee ACalgary NW Warriors 6, 3Cs Coyotes 2
Peewee Female A - St. Albert Hit 3, Calgary Kaos 0
Peewee BAirdrie 3, Westlock 1
Peewee Female BOlds Grizzlys 2, St. Albert Rush 0
Peewee CMarwayne Sled Dogs 8, Rimbey 1 Canalta 0
Peewee DClive Avalanche 3, Manning Comets 1

2016 Champions Photos


PREVIOUS RESULTS

Week One Results


2016 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Bentley Generals
Best-of-seven series tied 1-1

Game One: Friday, March 11, 8 p.m. - Stony Plain Eagles 1 @ Bentley Generals 4
Game Two:
Saturday, March 12, 7:30 p.m. - Bentley Generals 2 @ Stony Plain Eagles 6
Game Three:
Friday, March 18, 8 p.m. - Stony Plain Eagles @ Bentley Generals
Game Four
: Wednesday, March 23, 8 p.m. - Bentley Generals @ Stony Plain Eagles
Game Five: Saturday, March 26, 7:30 p.m. - Stony Plain Eagles @ Bentley Generals
Game Six (if necessary): Friday, April 1, 7:30 p.m. - Bentley Generals @ Stony Plain Eagles
Game Seven (If necessary): Sunday, April 3, 7:30 p.m. - Stony Plain Eagles @ Bentley Generals (At Red Deer Arena)

Allan Cup – April 11-16, 2016 – Steinbach, Manitoba

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Hockey Alberta’s February Coach of the Month, Jason Oakey (middle), shares a laugh his fellow coaches during practice.


Coach of the Month - February

Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for February is Jason Oakey of Airdrie.

Oakey has 14 years of coaching experience under his belt, and currently serves as the Head Coach of the Airdrie Bantam 2 Lightning.

"I think the best thing about coaching is being able to share my love of the game and seeing a room full of individuals grow in to a unified team all working towards the same goal. Each year I am asked how I measure success in a season and my answer to that is; I want each player to feel like they are part of something special, I want them to love coming to the rink so much that they never want the season to end. And most of all I want them to want to play again next year."

"Our coach teaches our children to play and play hard but always play with respect," said one team parent." Coach Oakey and his assistants have worked hard with the kids to play hard and never give up."


March is your last chance to nominate an outstanding coach in your community to be Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month!

All coach of the month nominees will be entered to win a special Memorial Cup prize pack.

For more details on Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month, click here.

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Hockey Alberta, Tundra Bring The True Spirit of Hockey To Five Host Communities

As week two of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships kicked off on Thursday, Hockey Alberta and Tundra Process Solutions teamed up to bring the true spirit of hockey to schools across the province.

Hockey Alberta and Tundra are partnering up for the True Spirit of Hockey Day for another year, which will see schools in 13 different provincial communities host a number of fun activities, allowing students to learn about hockey, and the teamwork and friendships that can be generated in the sport.

On Thursday, five of those host communities used True Spirit of Hockey Day to kick off their Provincial Championships: Springbank, Oyen, Foothills, Drayton Valley, and High Prairie.

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In Springbank, St. Joan of Arc school started the day off with a mini-stick hockey tournament, followed by an assembly complete with a medal ceremony for the champions, and a school-wide game of "heads or tails" for a special prize.

Eight more communities will host a True Spirit of Hockey Day in March: Taber, High Level, Fort McMurray, Grimshaw, Hinton, Lacombe, Duchess, and Innisfail.

St. Joan of Arc students cheer on their fellow classmates.

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Members from the winning mini-stick team receive their medals.

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Photo: Arctic Winter Games


Alberta North Finds Success in the Arctic

Thursday, March 10

IQALUIT – After another busy day of hockey in Nunavut, Team Alberta North skated away from the 2016 Arctic Winter Games with a pair of medals – a gold for the males, and silver for the females.

After finishing round-robin play in second place with a 3-1 record, the male squad drew Team Alaska in the semi-finals, who had a matching 3-1 record.

Team Alberta North edged Alaska 3-2 in the early-morning tilt, and moved on to face NWT in the gold medal final.

Despite a furious comeback by NWT, Alberta North managed to weather the storm and hold on for the 5-4 win, sealing the gold medal.

On the female side, Team Alberta North found themselves in a similar matchup against Team Alaska in the semi-finals, and came out on the winning side of a 2-1 score.

In keeping with the trend, it was a Team Alberta North and NWT gold medal final once again, but this time it was NWT who came away with gold after a 5-1 win.

In other tournament action, Team Alaska landed a pair of bronze medals, as the male squad took down Team Nunavut 9-1, while the females edged the Yukon 2-1.

For the full Arctic Winter Games ice hockey schedule and results, click here.

For more information on the Arctic Winter Games, click here.


Wednesday, March 9

IQALUIT - After the last day of round-robin play at the Arctic Winter Games, both Team Alberta North squads finished with 3-1 records.

The males lost their first game of the tournament Wednesday morning to NWT by a score of 5-0, but rebounded with a 5-2 over Alaska later in the day. The win set up a three-way tie for first place between Team Alberta North, NWT and Alaska.

Through the tie breaker formula, Team Alberta North finished second, and NWT third, so the two teams will meet again bright and early on Thursday at 6 a.m. (MT).

Meanwhile, the females continued to find their stride, winning their second and third straight games on Wednesday after opening the Arctic Winter Games with a loss.

They started the day with a 3-1 win over Team Yukon Wednesday morning, and finished the round-robin on a strong note with an 11-0 triumph over Nunavut.

The pair of wins gave Team Alberta North sole possession of second place on the female side, setting up a semi-final against third-place Alaska Thursday morning at 8:30 (MT).

The winner of each semi-final game will advance to the gold medal final on Thursday evening.


Tuesday, March 8

IQALUIT - Despite experiencing some lengthy delays due to a massive blizzard in Iqaluit, both Team Alberta North squads came up with wins on Day Two of the Arctic Winter Games.

In a game that was supposed to start at 9 a.m. (ET), Team Alberta North Male finally got things going at 6 p.m. (ET) against the Yukon. The extra rest proved benificial for the males, as they cruised to an 11-0 to start the Arctic Winter Games with a 2-0 record.

The females finally hit the ice to battle Team Alaska at 7 p.m. (ET), about six hours later than the scheduled time. After a 4-2 loss on Monday, the team rebounded well with a 3-2 win, moving to an even 1-1 record so far at the games.

It’s a quick turnaround for both teams, as they’ll hit the ice again at 9 a.m. (MT) Wednesday. The males are set to go against NWT, while the females will go head-to-head with the Yukon.

The females play their second game of the day at 1 p.m. (MT) against Nunavut, while the males hit the ice again at 4 p.m. (MT) to take on Alaska.


Monday, March 7

IQALUIT - An up and down opening day for Team Alberta North at the 2016 Arctic Winter Games on Monday.

The male squad opened their Winter Games Monday morning in Iqaluit with a 10-3 win over the host team.

The females didn’t fare as well, falling 4-2 to Team NWT.

The males are back it at Tuesday morning at 7 a.m. (MT) against the Yukon , while the females hit the ice at 11 a.m. (MT) against Alaska.

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Two Preview

A busy weekend lies ahead as week two of Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, kicks off across the province on Thursday.

Eleven different tournaments are on tap for the weekend: Midget B (Calgary), Midget C (Oyen), Midget D (Provost), Midget Female A (Olds), Midget Female B (Camrose), Peewee A (Foothills), Peewee B (Drayton Valley), Peewee C (Rimbey), Peewee D (Boyle), Peewee Female A (St. Albert) and Peewee Female B (Edmonton).

In conjunction with the Provincial Championships, Tundra True Spirit of Hockey Day, a partnership between Tundra Process Solutions Ltd. and Hockey Alberta to celebrate a shared love for hockey and the community that supports the sport, will run in five host communities: Calgary (Springbank), Oyen, High Prairie, Foothills, and Drayton Valley.

Throughout the months of March and April, more than 6,000 amateur male and female hockey players, ranging in age divisions from Atom to Senior, will take part in the 2016 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships. Over 400 teams playing in 39 provincial championship tournaments and six provincial championship playdown series will hit the ice across the province to battle it out for their respective provincial titles.

Links to all individual Provincial Championship sites can be found on the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championship homepage.


2016 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Bentley Generals

Friday, March 11, 8 p.m. - Stony Plain Eagles @ Bentley Generals
Saturday, March 12, 7:30 p.m. - Bentley Generals @ Stony Plain Eagles
Game Three - TBA

Allan Cup – April 11-16, 2016 – Steinbach, Manitoba

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Registration Now Open For Inaugural Peewee Skills Camp

Alberta males born in 2003 have the unique opportunity to participate in the inaugural Hockey Alberta Peewee Skills Camp, hosted by the Team Alberta program.

This age group will be eligible for the Team Alberta squad that will participate in the Canada Winter Games in 2019 in Red Deer.

The camp takes place in Calgary at the Don Hartman Sportsplex on June 24-26. This Skills Camp will focus on skill development, checking skills, proper training techniques, and will provide athletes with information about the Team Alberta process.

The camp will consist of three sessions:

  • Checking Development – On and off-ice
  • Position Specific training
  • Goal Scoring and Hockey Sense

NOTE: A goalie coach will be working with the goalies for all on-ice sessions.

The camp also includes a Team Alberta/Alberta Built presentation, a Long-Term Player Development Session, and will wrap up with a full three-period game.

There are 31 spots remaining in the camp for defencemen, 51 for forwards, and five for goalies. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register, click on the appropriate link below, and complete the online registration and payment process.

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2016 Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Class

RED DEER – Four individuals and one team comprise the 2016 Induction Class for the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (AHHF).

Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation announced on Tuesday the 2016 inductees who will be recognized at the AHHF Awards Gala on Saturday, July 23, at the Coast Hotel in Canmore:

Achievement Category

  • John Bucyk, two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Boston Bruins.
  • Mike Rogers, former captain and leading scorer of the Hartford Whalers.
  • 1966 Edmonton Oil Kings, the 1966 Memorial Cup champions.

Builder Category

  • George Kingston, one of Canada’s best-known coaches at the collegiate, professional, national and international levels
  • Terry Ledingham, long-time Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada volunteer

As well, Larry Kwong, the first player of Asian descent to play in the National Hockey League will be recognized with the Founders Award for outstanding dedication and commitment to the sport of hockey in Alberta.

Click here for more details on the 2016 AHHF inductions.

2016 AHHF Inductee Bios

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week One Results

The first two 2016 provincial champions were crowned on Sunday, as the opening weekend of the 2016 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, Presented by ATB Financial, came to a close in Grande Prairie.

In the lone tournament of the weekend, the Grande Prairie Panthers continued their provincial winning streak with their eighth-straight Senior Female A gold medal over the Calgary Ice Hawks, while the North Peace Eagles took down the defending champion Peace River Sharks to earn the title in Senior Female B.

Week two of the Provincial Championships will be a much busier weekend, with 11 tournaments on tap: Midget B (Calgary), Midget C (Oyen), Midget D (Provost), Midget Female A (Olds), Midget Female B (Camrose), Peewee A (Foothills), Peewee B (Drayton Valley), Peewee C (Rimbey), Peewee D (Boyle), Peewee Female A (St. Albert) and Peewee Female B (Edmonton).

In conjunction with the Provincial Championships, Tundra True Spirit of Hockey Day, a partnership between Tundra Process Solutions Ltd. and Hockey Alberta to celebrate a shared love for hockey and the community that supports the sport, will run in five host communities: Calgary (Springbank), Oyen, High Prairie, Foothills, and Drayton Valley.

Throughout the months of March and April, more than 6,000 amateur male and female hockey players, ranging in age divisions from Atom to Senior, will take part in the 2016 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships. Over 400 teams playing in 39 provincial championship tournaments and six provincial championship playdown series will hit the ice across the province to battle it out for their respective provincial titles.


2016 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENTS

Gold Medal Games

Senior Female A: Grande Prairie 6, Calgary 2

Senior Female A Provincial Champions - Grande Prairie Panthers


Senior Female B: North Peace 6, Peace River 3


2016 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Bentley Generals

Upcoming Games TBD

Allan Cup – April 11-16, 2016 – Steinbach, Manitoba


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The Peace River Sharks look to repeat as Provincial Champions once again this weekend in Grande Prairie


Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships Kick Off With Senior Female in Grande Prairie

The Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, officially kick off this weekend with the Senior Female Championship in Grande Prairie March 4 - 6.

The lone tournament of the weekend is the first of 39 Provincial Championships set to run in Alberta in March.

The Grande Prairie Panthers will host the defending champion Peace River Sharks, along with the Calgary Ice Hawks, Sturgeon Lake Chill, Dawson Creek Elites, Hythe Colts, and North Peace Eagles.

You can follow along with the action on the Senior Female Provincial Championship website.

Links to all individual Provincial Championship sites can be found on the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championship homepage.

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Communities and Teams Across Alberta Gearing Up For Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships

RED DEER – Six months of regular season and tournament action, including up to six weeks of games in Zone playdowns, culminates this month, as teams prepare to “March to a title” at the 2016 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.

Tournament action will determine the majority of the 2016 provincial champions. Twelve titles will be awarded on March 13. March 20 will see another 14 champions crowned. Seven more champions will be determined on March 27, and the final tournament champ will be crowned on April 3. Tournament champions will emerge from a weekend of round-robin pool play and playoff action in their respective tournaments.

The slate of provincial championship tournaments starts this weekend, March 4-6, with Senior Female in Grande Prairie.

Provincial championships set for March 10-13 include: Midget A (Stettler), Midget B (Springbank), Midget C (Oyen), Midget D (Provost), Midget Female A (Olds), Midget Female B (Camrose), Peewee A (Foothills), Peewee B (Drayton Valley), Peewee C (Rimbey), Peewee D (Boyle), Peewee Female A (St. Albert) and Peewee Female B (Edmonton).

Provincial championships set for March 17-20 include: Bantam AA (Taber), Bantam A (Beaumont), Bantam B (Drumheller), Bantam C (High Prairie), Bantam D (High Level), Bantam Female A (Edmonton), Bantam Female B (Hinton), Atom AA Major (Edmonton), Atom AA Minor (Bonnyville), Atom A (Lacombe), Atom B (Vegreville), Atom C (Grimshaw), Atom D (Duchess), and Atom Female (Innisfail).

Provincial championships set for March 23/24-27 include: Senior AA (Nanton), Junior C (Edmonton), Minor Midget AAA (Calgary), Midget AA (Calgary), Midget Female AAA (Grande Prairie), Bantam Female AAA (St. Albert), and Peewee AA (Fort McMurray).

As well, the Junior B champs will be decided March 31-April 3, and four champions will be determined via league playoffs: Senior AAA, Junior A, Midget AAA, and Bantam AAA.

For schedules, arenas, host organizations, and other event-specific information, check the Hockey Alberta website at hockeyalberta.ca or the Provincial Championships website at haprovincials.ca.

Provincial championship host locations were awarded in mid-December, and in the ensuing months, organizing committees in communities across Alberta have been busy securing local sponsors, organizing opening ceremonies, confirming teams and schedules, ordering souvenirs and player gifts, arranging for accommodations, and numerous other tasks to ensure that the participating teams have a memorable experience.

In addition to the on-ice action, several communities will participate in the second year of the Tundra True Spirit of Hockey Day, a partnership between Tundra Process Solutions Ltd. and Hockey Alberta to celebrate a shared love for hockey and the community that supports the sport.

In conjunction with the Provincial Championship tournament hosts in these communities, a local school is hosting a number of fun activities, allowing students to learn about hockey, and the teamwork and friendships that can be generated in the sport. Participating communities are: Springbank, Oyen, Taber, High Prairie, High Level, Fort McMurray, Foothills, Drayton Valley, Grimshaw, Lacombe, Duchess, and Innisfail.

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2016 Alberta Cup Coaching Staffs Announced

With less than two months to go until the 2016 Alberta Cup, Hockey Alberta has announced the coaching staffs for all eight teams.

2016 Alberta Cup Coaching Staffs ›

The 2016 Alberta Cup is set to run April 28 - May 1 in Canmore, and will mark the 30th Anniversary of the very first Alberta Cup.

Zone selection camps will March 25-27 at various locations across the province.

Click here for more information on the 2016 Alberta Cup.

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Check It Out: Provincial Championships Websites Are Now Live

Individual tournament websites for the 2016 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, are now live.

Each of the 40 championship events being held in 2016 has its own website link, which can be accessed through the homepage at hockeyalberta.ca, or haprovincials.ca. Each tournament site has a live ticker for its scores and schedule. As well, a live ticker will be available on hockeyalberta.ca that will feature tournaments being played each weekend. For champions who are determined through league playoffs, the event site links to the league website for updates.

Individual championship sites will be updated regularly throughout the course of the event. Game scores, schedules, individual points leaders, and pool standings will be available from the menu bar on each site.

The 2016 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships websites are fully responsive, and can be viewed easily on smartphones, tablets and computers.

Provincial Championship tournaments open March 4-6 with Senior Female in Grande Prairie. Tournaments will also be held March 10-13, March 17-20, and March 23-27, with the final 2016 Provincial Championship tournament March 31 to April 3 (Junior B in Red Deer).

The new websites for the 2016 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, are a key part of the website redesign project for Hockey Alberta, in partnership with Pixel Army. The new hockeyalberta.ca went live at the end of January.

Visit haprovincials.ca ›

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Shirley Cameron To Be Inducted Into Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

Female Hockey Builder Shirley Cameron has been named among the 2016 inductees into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.

The Edmonton native was at the forefront of women’s ice hockey in Canada for 30 years. As a player, and more importantly as a coach and builder, Cameron had a significant impact on the growth of women’s hockey from the early 1970s, until her retirement from the game in 2006. She was one of the founders of the Edmonton Chimos, one of the most successful women’s ice hockey teams in Canadian sporting history.

Cameron’s accomplishments as a player include winning National Championships with the Chimos in 1984, 1985 and 1992, and serving as Captain of the gold-medal winning team in the first International Women’s Hockey World Championship in 1990.

As a coach, Cameron won a Bronze Medal with Team Alberta at the 1999 Canada Winter Games, and earned several medals at the National Championships with the Edmonton Chimos. She won the Female Hockey Breakout Award in 2006, and was inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame as a member of the Edmonton Chimos in 2005.

Cameron and the other 2016 inductees will be officially inducted on June 3. Click here to view all 2016 Alberta Sport Hall of Fame Inductees.

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Team Alberta Announces Head Coaches for 2016 U16 and U18 Programs

Hockey Alberta is proud to announce the appointment of Bram Stephen and Carla MacLeod as the Head Coaches of Team Alberta for the 2016 U16 Male and U18 Female programs.

Stephen moves into the head coach position after serving as an assistant coach for the gold medal-winning U16 squad in 2015. He’s served as the Head Coach of the Grant MacEwan Men’s hockey team since 2012, and was named the ACAC men’s hockey Head Coach of the Year for the 2012-13 season. Stephen has been active in both the Team Alberta and Team Pacific programs since 2008.

MacLeod also comes into the head coach position with the U18 program after serving as an assistant coach in 2015. She’s currently the head coach of the Female Prep team at the Edge School for Athletes in Calgary, and also served as an assistant coach for Team Japan at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. A former member of Team Alberta, MacLeod’s decorated playing history includes a pair of Olympic gold medals with Team Canada in 2006 and 2010.

"We’re very happy to have both Bram and Carla back with Team Alberta in 2016," said Mike Kraichy, manager of Team Alberta. "Both have shown a lot of growth in a short-term competition coaching role, and it’s exciting to see two former assistant coaches move into head coaching positions."

The U16 Male Program is the third stage of the development and identification process to select a roster for Team Alberta to compete at either the U16 Western Challenge or the Canada Winter Games. The Games are held every four years, with the next event set for 2019 in Red Deer. Players in the U16 Male program will be challenging for the opportunity to compete on one of the three teams that represent Canada each year at the World U17 Hockey Challenge.

The High Performance U18 program works towards identifying the top 20 female players in Alberta, who will comprise Team Alberta U18 representing the province at the National Women’s Under 18 Championship or the Canada Winter Games. Making this team is the pinnacle of female amateur hockey in Alberta, and a major lifetime highlight for the players.

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Western Branches Announce Alternate Season Program Offering

RED DEER - BC Hockey, Hockey Alberta, the Saskatchewan Hockey Association and Hockey Manitoba have announced the implementation of standardized alternate season programming for Western Canada.

The four Provincial Branch organizations of Hockey Canada have adopted programming and policy for alternate season hockey in their respective areas, standardizing the registration of alternate season or spring hockey teams across Western Canada. Alternate season hockey activities are those that occur from April 1-July 15.

Participation in structured hockey, other than the traditional winter season that runs from September to March, continues to grow. For the most part, hockey which takes place outside of this traditional season has taken place outside of the minor hockey association system and therefore lies outside the realm of the governing bodies in each province.

This new alternate season programming model addresses questions and concerns from participants as to why the non-traditional season programming does not operate under the governance of Hockey Canada and its member Branches.

“BC Hockey implemented a Spring Hockey Program in 2011 and we are happy to have our Western Canadian neighbours implement the program,” said BC Hockey Chief Executive Officer Barry Petrachenko. “Our hope is to engage spring hockey teams and tournaments across Western Canada in working together to offer greater hockey options to minor hockey players.”

The Western alternate season model will differ from traditional season hockey. Local Minor Hockey Associations will be able to operate an alternate season, or there will be the opportunity for other groups to register directly with a Branch for the alternate season only. Other features of the alternate season will include:

  • Registration through Branch and Insurance through Hockey Canada.
  • No boundaries or registration regulations pertaining to where players may play, including open boundaries between provinces.
  • Tournament registration with flexible rosters for each tournament
  • Guidelines for the tryout procedures, with strict violation standards which could impact mainstream eligibility if not adhered to for coaches and players.

“The large majority of hockey players that play in the traditional winter season move onto new activities and sports in the spring and early summer which we totally support and encourage,” said Hockey Alberta Executive Director Rob Litwinski. “For those players, families and minor hockey associations that do wish to continue to play hockey into spring we believe this option will allow them to do this under our governing bodies.”

Hockey Canada and its branches support the Long Term Player Development (LTPD) model which encourages athletes to participate in other sports. However, for participants looking for alternate hockey activities, the goal is to make this experience as valuable, safe and fair as possible through programming support from the governing bodies. This alternate season model is a window for those who wish to continue hockey but ideally not in pure games competitive model. Developing skills remains the intended focus for any organization offering alternate season programming.

“We look forward to extending services to SHA registered players, coaches, officials and families who choose to extend their hockey season into the Spring/Summer Hockey months,” said Saskatchewan Hockey Association General Manager Kelly McClintock. “The goal will be to work together to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for all kids whether it be the traditional Fall/Winter season or the Spring/Summer option.”

Alternate season team activities may not interfere with any tradition season team functions of any participant. As well, minimum suspension guidelines for each Branch and Hockey Canada will apply, with alternate season suspensions carried over between the traditional and alternate seasons.

“Hockey Manitoba recognizes that the majority of our members choose to exclusively participate in the game during the traditional winter season, and these tremendous programs are made possible through the dedication of literally thousands of volunteers across the province", stated Peter Woods Executive Director of Hockey Manitoba. Woods added, "Although we are committed to a long-term athlete development model which encourages participation in a variety of athletic pursuits, we are pleased to join our Western Branch partners and provide an alternate season program for interested families with a focus on the development of skills in a safe, structured environment."

Teams that register for the program will provide participants with access to insurance and certification programs for players, coaches and officials. A standard registration fee of $10 per participant and $50 per team will apply across the provinces. Although preparations are underway for the upcoming spring season, registration and sanctioning is still available to teams and tournaments that are already formed for 2016.

BC Hockey, Hockey Alberta, Saskatchewan Hockey Association and Hockey Manitoba are each member Branches of Hockey Canada.

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Coach of the Month - January

Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for January 2016 is Sheldon Dorash of Strathcona.

Dorash is the Head Coach of the Strathcona Atom Stars female hockey team, and has been with the female program in Strathcona since its inception in 2012.

"I truly enjoy coaching female hockey. The girls are focused and hard working. It amazes me each season to see how much each player is capable of improving when provided with the right opportunities. I am a firm believer that hockey teaches our youth so much more than just skills on the ice. The life lessons for the players, parents and coaches are invaluable."

"Coach Sheldon always has the best interest of the girls on his team," said one parent in Dorash’s nomination. "He makes practices fun and the girls are always learning. His interaction with the girls both on and off the ice is always positive and encouraging."


For more details on Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month, click here.

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Zone 6 Male and Zone 5 Female celebrates their 2016 Alberta Winter Games wins.


Zone 6 Male and Zone 5 Female Land Gold At Alberta Winter Games

After three days of intense competition, Zone 6 Male (Edmonton) and Zone 5 Female (Yellowhead/Blackgold) proved to be the best in province at the 2016 Alberta Winter Games.

After going a perfect 3-0 in round-robin play in Pool B, Zone 6 Male cruised to a 10-4 win over Zone 2 (Big Country) Tuesday morning to claim the gold medal and finish the tournament undefeated.

On the female side, Zone 5 battled back from a 1-1-1 record in Pool B to take it all with a narrow 3-1 win over Zone 3 (Calgary)

Earlier in the day, Zone 3 (Calgary) edged Zone 4 (Parkland) by a score of 4-3 in an overtime thriller to land a bronze medal on the Male side, while Female bronze went to Zone 6 (Edmonton) after a 2-1 win over Zone 4 (Parkland).

Male Results › Female Results ›

About the Games

The Alberta Winter Games take place every two years. The 2015 Alberta Winter Games ran from February 13-16 in Medicine Hat. Young athletes from eight zones participated in 22 sporting competitions in both locations. The Alberta Winter Games give athletes aged 11 to 17 the opportunity to participate in a multi-sport environment, much like the Olympics. For many of the selected athletes, this will be their first taste of provincial level competition.

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Implementation Process Underway For New Female Hockey Model

RED DEER – The implementation process is underway to restructure the operational model for Female Hockey at all levels in Alberta.

When complete, Hockey Alberta’s new Female Hockey Model will provide a standardized, province-wide pyramid system of hockey and the opportunity for female players to develop and progress from a strong foundation of Grassroots programming through to the Elite and Midget AAA levels and into Team Alberta’s high performance programs.

The first step in the implementation process for the new Female Hockey Model is announcing six communities selected by Hockey Alberta to host Midget AAA franchises. The communities are Calgary, Edmonton, Lloydminster, Okotoks, Red Deer and St. Albert.

The six communities selected to host Midget AAA franchises were chosen based on a comprehensive process that included a review of regional demographics for female hockey, and an application, interview, and in-person presentation process coordinated by an Elite Female implementation committee. There will be no defined boundaries for Midget AAA teams, with players able to choose the team for which they wish to try out.

In addition to hosting AAA franchises, the six centres will host Midget Elite and Bantam Elite teams. The Midget and Bantam Elite divisions each will have 12 teams. These teams will be located strategically in communities across northern, central and southern Alberta to ensure players have access to an Elite division program within a reasonable distance from their homes. Elite division teams will have defined geographical regions that determine the team for which a player is eligible to try out. Hockey Alberta is in the process of confirming host locations for the remaining six Midget and Bantam elite teams based on current female hockey programming, geography, and registration demographics.

Establishing the structure and numbers of teams for the Midget AAA, and Midget and Bantam Elite divisions was an integral part of the work that has been undertaken over the past three years by the Female Hockey Review Committee. Providing the best environment for athlete development was the overarching goal of the committee, which included members representing a cross-section of levels, leagues and communities.

“Ultimately, the final decision in establishing the locations of the Midget AAA and Elite division teams was based on three pillars,” said Greg Nesom, a member of the Female Hockey Review Committee. “First, it was imperative to establish a model where teams are set up for success, where the athletes play with their peers in skill and age. Second, by playing within an appropriate level division, our athletes will have better opportunities to advance to higher levels of competition. They will develop enhanced fundamental skills through more puck touches, quality ice time, and system play.”

“The new model provides each female player in Alberta with the chance to start playing in her home community, then progress to a regionally-based Elite team at Bantam or Midget, and potentially move to the top of the pyramid at Midget AAA,” Nesom said.

The Review committee determined that approximately 10 per cent of all female hockey players in Alberta should be playing at the Midget AAA level. For the Midget and Bantam Elite levels, which are designed as a bridge between the Grassroots and AAA Midget programs, it was determined that approximately 20 per cent of players, or 12 teams, should be playing at that level.

The remaining approximately 70 per cent of female hockey players would play within a grassroots model of tiered divisions. Grassroots Female hockey would see approximately 60 teams playing at each of the Atom and Peewee level across the province, with approximately 40 Bantam and 35 Midget grassroots teams, in addition to the AAA and Elite teams in divisions.

“With the new model, female hockey players across Alberta will be able to develop their skills by playing in consistent leagues that will better prepare them as they strive to advance to the highest level of competition in the province,” said Mel Davidson, Hockey Canada’s general manager of national women’s team programs. “Players will now have the opportunity to excel from the grassroots level in their local communities through to the Elite and Midget AAA levels where they will be able to develop by competing and practicing in an appropriate division against the top female talent in the province.”

Specific recommendations regarding the new structure for Grassroots Female hockey are being finalized by Hockey Alberta’s Grassroots Implementation Committee. The focus for the Grassroots committee is to provide the opportunity for female players to access teams within close proximity to their home town, while also ensuring that peers are playing with peers in age and ability.

Work has been ongoing for three years on developing a new Female Hockey Model. A third-party report in 2013 stated that participants within the game felt very strongly that an overall structural change was required to facilitate the growth of the female game. In 2015, recommendations from a Female Review Committee were approved by Hockey Alberta’s Board of Directors leading to the creation of the Elite and Grassroots committees, with a goal of having a new structure for Female Hockey in place for the 2016-17 season.

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Your Coach Could Go To The Memorial Cup!

Don’t forget to nominate a coach who makes a difference in your community for Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month award!

This season, as Red Deer gets set to host the Memorial Cup, one lucky coach will also win a special Memorial Cup prize pack, including dinner, game tickets, and accommodation! Keep those nominations coming, as every coach who’s received a nomination this season is eligible to win!

Nominations for this season will be accepted until the end of March.

Click here for more information on Coach of the Month.

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Team Canada West celebrates its 2015 World Junior A Challenge Title. Photo: Matthew Murnaghan / Hockey Canada Images


World Junior A Challenge Coming To Bonnyville

For the second time in tournament history, the World Junior A Challenge is coming to Alberta, as Hockey Canada announced Bonnyville as the host of the 2016 edition.

The 2016 World Junior A Challenge is a partnership between Hockey Canada, the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL), the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), the National Hockey League (NHL), and Hockey Alberta, as well as the local host committee and community volunteers. As in past years, the event will feature two Canadian teams – Team Canada East and Team Canada West – and four international entries.

“Alberta last hosted the World Junior A Challenge in 2008 in Camrose, and Hockey Canada, the CJHL, and the NHL are looking forward to working with the AJHL and Hockey Alberta to bring the event back to the province,” said Dean McIntosh, senior director of events and properties for Hockey Canada. “In addition to the sports and entertainment value, the World Junior A Challenge’s economic impact to its host community and province has historically been over $2 million. And the proceeds from the event go back into supporting hockey locally, and across the country.”

The World Junior A Challenge host committee in Bonnyville is in place, and has recently welcomed B&R Eckel’s Transport as its presenting sponsor.

"We are ecstatic to be hosting the World Junior A Challenge," said Gene Sobolewski, Mayor of Bonnyville. "We are a community that is very proud of our commitment to Junior A hockey and celebrate our decades of hockey history. Our region is ready to host the world."

“Our group is excited about the opportunity to bring an elite level of hockey to the area, and about the economic spinoff of the event,” said Robb Hunter, co-chair of the local host committee. “Bonnyville has a strong history of supporting junior and senior hockey, and that passion and support will make for a tremendous host community for the event. We’ve had early support from community leaders in the Town and Municipal District of Bonnyville, and we’re now looking for volunteers to join us in making this an event that shows the world what great hosts and hockey fans are in Bonnyville.”

Team Canada West won gold at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge in Cobourg and Whitby, Ont., defeating Russia in the final in front of a capacity crowd. Since the first World Junior A Challenge in 2006, more than 230 NHL draft picks have played in the tournament.

“We’ve seen the World Junior A Challenge grow in its fan following, and the incredible talent that takes part. This is a must-see event in sport entertainment, and we know that fans won’t be disappointed,” said Kirk Lamb, president of the Canadian Junior Hockey League. “We look forward to working with our partners and the host committee and volunteers in Bonnyville to make this event a success for participating teams, and the fans who come out to cheer them on.”

Eight of the 10 gold-medal games at the World Junior A Challenge have featured at least one Canadian team. Team Canada West won gold at the first two tournaments, in 2006 and 2007, and also took the top prize in 2011 and 2015. The team earned silver in 2008, 2009, and 2012, and won bronze in 2013. Team Canada East earned silver medals in 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011, and claimed bronze in 2008.

For more information on the 2016 World Junior A Challenge, please visit HockeyCanada.ca/WJAC, or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter.

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Welcome To The New hockeyalberta.ca

Hockey Alberta is pleased to unveil our newly redesigned website.

The new hockeyalberta.ca is the culmination of more than six months of work. As you look around the new site, you will notice a new and refreshed look, streamlined and easily accessible menus, simple navigation, and access to the information you need. A key part of the project included updating and reorganizing content across the entirety of the website.

Some key features of the new hockeyalberta.ca include:

- A fully responsive site that automatically adjusts to the size of your screen, including mobile devices and tablets.

- A site search function that allows you to find pertinent results quickly.

- A new and improved Social Media feed. You can see what is going on involving Hockey Alberta on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube

- The ability to sort through tournament listings to easily find a tournament to attend.

- The ability to submit a question directly to Hockey Alberta, if you are seeking specific information.

- A new platform for teams and associations to submit Travel, Tournament and Exhibition game permit and sanction requests.

Stories in the newsfeed will be updated regularly to keep the content fresh and current. As well, located immediately below the top news stories are six promo boxes that provide you a link one mouse click to key sites and current programs – such as the Hockey Alberta Foundation, Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, Arctic Winter Games, and Alberta Winter Games.

“Building a new website for Hockey Alberta has been very challenging, but also very rewarding. Our website provides information, resources and services not just to our players, but to the entire hockey community,” said Brad Lyon, Hockey Alberta’s Senior Manager of Communications. “It was important throughout this project to keep in mind these multiple audiences that we serve. Are we providing the necessary information, making it easy to find by the people who need it, and is that information accessible on computers, tablets and mobile devices? We believe the answers to all these questions are a resounding YES. A very sincere thank you to our design partner, Pixel Army, who was integral in helping us achieve those goals. We look forward to continuing the growth of the site as we move forward.”

The new website was designed by Edmonton’s Pixel Army, whose design team created the vision for the new site, and worked with Hockey Alberta staff and volunteers to ensure functionality and appearance that meets the needs of the organization, and the entire hockey community across the province.

“When Pixel Army was chosen as a strategic partner to work alongside Hockey Alberta towards their new website, we could not have been more excited. As a custom website builder, we felt that this particular project has allowed us to be creative in our methods of delivering a clean, modern and responsive design while packing in a massive amount of functionality. With a personal history in sports - and specifically hockey - this project was fun and exciting from start to finish,” said Kevin Labbé, Pixel Army’s President. “The team at Hockey Alberta has been excellent in communicating their needs and goals for their new website. Our development group has been able to successfully deliver a high end product that is completely designed and built from scratch. Ultimately, the new Hockey Alberta website is one that Pixel Army is very proud of. We’d like to thank the individuals at Hockey Alberta who have challenged us to continue to push the envelope, and pursue excellence in our field.”

While the new public website is now live, work continues.

In mid-February, individual tournament sites for the 2016 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, will come online. Fans across Alberta and around the world will be able to follow their favourite team(s) either via live ticker updates on hockeyalberta.ca, or on individual tournament pages updated throughout each event.

And new content is being developed to enhance several areas of the website, including information for all players on all of the levels of hockey overseen by Hockey Alberta.

SPECIAL NOTE: If you are a regular visitor to hockeyalberta.ca, and you had bookmarked specific pages or addresses on the old website, those links will no longer work. Please check out the new site, find your favourite page(s), and refresh your bookmark(s). If you have a specific question, please submit it by through the form available on the Contact Hockey Alberta page.

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Playdown Draws Set

RED DEER - The road to the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, begins this weekend for hundreds of teams and thousands of players across the province as Zone Playdowns get underway.

The Zone Playdowns serve as the qualifying process for teams to earn the right to represent their zone at the Provincial Championships in March. In some Zones, teams are faced with the arduous task of having to play as many as four or five rounds of Playdown action by the end of February in the bid to earn their Zone crown. In cases where only one team declared an interest in competing at the Provincials, that team has earned a direct berth to the championships.

All Zone Playdowns are two-game, total-goal series. Playdown draw brackets, completion dates, and results can be viewed on the Hockey Alberta website. Results will be updated on a regular basis. Click here for Zone Playdown draws.

Provincial Championships begin as early as March 10, click here for a list of Provincial hosts and dates.

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Coach of the Month - December

Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for December 2015 is Lynn Degenstein of Bow Island.

Degenstein has 12 years of coaching experience, and currently coaches both the Bantam Foremost/Bow Island Flyers (head coach), and the Peewee Bow Island Rebels (assistant coach), all while serving as the President of the Bow Island Minor Sports Association.

"I love to coach and teach the skills of hockey as well as skills like respect, teamwork, discipline," he said. "Every year my goal is to help my team become stronger hockey players as well as become future leaders in our community."

Degenstein received two nominations for the Coach of the Month award.

"He has a way of communicating with the kids and getting every bit out of them at games and at practice, all while making it fun for the players. When it comes to hockey, and teaching kids the love of the game, Lynn gives freely of his time and knowledge."

"He does not demand their respect, he has earned it over the years from coaching these kids. The kids and parents trust his decisions and he commands a lot of respect from the those involved with the two teams and the two minor hockey organizations."


For more details on Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month, click here.

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Female Roster Announced For 2016 Arctic Winter Games

RED DEER – The road to Greenland begins now for 17 of Alberta’s top female athletes living north of the 55th Parallel, as Hockey Alberta has announced the Team Alberta North roster for the 2016 Arctic Winter Games.

The Junior Female squad, along with a Bantam Male team, will compete in the Arctic Winter Games March 6-11, 2016. The Games are being hosted in Nuuk, Greenland, but hockey will be played in Iqaluit, Nunavut.

Click here to view the Female Team Alberta North Roster.

The female team selection camp ran January 8-10 in Slave Lake. Male selection camp ran December 11-13 in High Prairie, click here to view the Male Team Alberta North Roster.

"Selection camp this past weekend in Slave Lake went very well," said Blake Cosgrove, Regional Centre Northwest Consultant for Hockey Alberta. "We were quite impressed with the level of talent we saw on the ice, and are excited about the squad that will represent Team Alberta North at the games."

The Arctic Winter Games are the world’s largest northern multi-sport and cultural event. The Arctic Winter Games are a celebration of athletic competition, culture, friendship and cooperation between northern contingents. Athletic competition features sports that enjoy worldwide popularity alongside traditional Arctic Sports and dene Games. A significant cultural component featuring visual arts, dance, ceremonies and galas with participants from across the circumpolar region is a pillar of the Games.

Each hockey team is comprised of 17 players and two coaches. Teams participate in a round-robin tournament to determine seeding for medal-round pairings. One gold ulu is awarded in each age/sex class. Teams that regularly participate in ice hockey include Alaska, Yukon, Alberta North, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Communities eligible to participate in the Arctic Winter Games are located North of the 55th Parallel. Click here to view a list of eligible communities.

Click here for more information on the 2016 Arctic Winter Games.

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Team Alberta celebrates its Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup Title. Photo: LA Media


Hockey Alberta’s Top Moments of 2015

RED DEER – With 2015 in the rear view, we look back on the year that was with our favourite moments, in chronological order:

February - Alberta Takes On The Nation

The 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, BC proved to be a very successful venture for Team Alberta, as the U16 Males and U18 Females both made a trip to the podium.

In week one of the games, Team Alberta Female landed the bronze medal, taking down Team Saskatchewan 5-3. Read the full story here.

The following week, the male squad earned its fourth silver medal at the Canada Winter Games after a hard-fought 3-1 loss to Team Ontario after an undefeated run to the final. Read the full story here.

March/April - The March To A Title

The Midget AA Minor Trails West Wolves claim their provincial title.

The 2015 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships saw 37 different battles for provincial supremacy from Atom To Senior. In 2015, Provincials were hosted as far north as Sexsmith, and as far south as Lethbridge. The annual "March to a Title" is a high point for minor hockey across Alberta, and the 2015 edition provided lasting memories for all that took part. Click here for a list of the 2015 Provincial champions.

April/May - Peewee Prospects Shine In Olds

A major highlight of 2015 for Hockey Alberta was the very first ATB Peewee Prospects Cup, which will be held every second year, alternating with the Alberta Winter Games. A part of the Team Alberta Program, the Prospects Cup brought some of the best 2002-born male athletes to Olds May 7-10, with Edmonton Green taking the inaugural title. Read the full story here.

A week prior, a not-so-new tournament, the ATB Alberta Cup, ran in Canmore. A long-running tradition, the Alberta Cup saw some of the top 2000-born males in Alberta go head-to-head. Calgary South defeated Team South 4-3 to claim the 2015 title. Read the full story here.

That same weekend, Medicine Hat played host to the 2015 ATB Alberta Challenge. In a battle of 2001-02 born female athletes, the North Predators edged the South Lightning 2-1 in the championship game. Read the full story here.

Click here for a photo gallery from the Peewee Prospects Cup, Alberta Cup, and Alberta Challenge (Facebook).

June - A Meeting Of The (Hockey) Minds

The 2015 AGM ’Hot Stove’ panel, Left to right: Ray Bennett, Brendan Morrison, Kyle Rehman,

Paul Carson, Fran Gow and Brian Burke.

Hockey Alberta’s 2015 Annual General Meeting and Hockey Conference was one of the best yet, with an all-star panel of some of the best hockey minds in the game today: Brian Burke (Calgary Flames), Paul Carson (Hockey Canada), Brendan Morrison (former NHL player), Ray Bennett (St. Louis Blues), Kyle Rehman (NHL Official) and Fran Gow (Hockey Alberta/AJHL).

Panelists discussed and took audience questions surrounding some of the most pressing issues facing our game today. Topics included: practice to game ratio, spring hockey, initiation level hockey, and body checking.

Brian Burke served as the AGM’s Keynote Speaker, click here to see the highlights of his speech.

Click here to see the discussions of body checking in hockey.

Click here to see the discussions of year-long hockey.

Click here to see the discussions of officiating in hockey.

July - New Vision, New Mission

Another highlight of the 2015 Annual General Meeting was the unveiling of Hockey Alberta’s new vision and mission statement:

Our Vision: Hockey For Life

Our Missions: To create positive opportunities and experiences FOR ALL PLAYERS through innovative leadership and exceptional service.

Our Stakeholders: Administrators, Alberta Sport Connection, Club Teams, Coaches, Corporate Partners, Hockey Canada, Leagues, Local Minor Hockey Associations, Managers, Officials, Parents, and Trainers.

Click here to view the video about Hockey Alberta’s new vision and mission statement.

August - Resizing The Game For Our Youngest Players

Hockey Alberta is proud to have unveiled the new guidelines for the Initiation Program in 2015, geared towards keeping the game fun for new hockey players under the age of six. The new Initiation format, which sees games played on a reduced playing surface, was showcased at the "Shrink the Rink" event in Lloydminster in October.

Click here for the new Initiation program guidelines.

Click here to watch the Initiation guideline video.

October - In It For The Long Haul

The Olds Atom Grizzlys pose for a team photo after a 1-0 win over the Okotoks Atom Oilers.

As part of the IIHF and Hockey Canada’s World Girl’s Hockey Weekend celebrations, Okotoks and Lethbridge hosted the Alberta leg of "The Long Game" on October 10. In its third straight year, The Long Game involved over 2000 female hockey players across the country, starting in Newfoundland and working its way to B.C. The day wrapped up with a fun exhibition game between the Calgary Inferno and a team of Okotoks First Responders.

Click here for a photo gallery from World Girl’s Hockey Weekend in Okotoks (Facebook).

October/November -The Gold Standard

Team Alberta celebrates its 2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup title.

The top WHL prospects from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba met at the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup in Calgary, with Team Alberta successfully defending its 2013 title. Alberta went a perfect 4-0, winning for the fourth time in the tournament’s five year history. Read the full story here.

November - Alberta’s "Fab Five" Rise To The Challenge

Left to right: Jarrod Gourley, Ian Mitchell, James Hamblin, Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Ian Scott.

Less than a year after winning a silver medal with Team Alberta at the 2015 Canada Winter Games, Ian Scott (G), Jarrod Gourley (D), Ian Mitchell (D), Jaret Anderson-Dolan (F) and James Hamblin (F) helped lead Team Canada White to a gold medal at the World U17 Hockey Challenge in Dawson Creek, BC.

Team Canada White beat Russia 6-2 in the gold medal game, with Anderson-Dolan notching a goal and an assist, while Mitchell added a pair of helpers. Scott made 21 saves for the win, finishing the tournament with a 3-1 record.

Seven players total from the 2015 Silver Medal winning Team Alberta were selected to take part in the World U17 Hockey Challenge. James Hamblin, Ian Mitchell and Jaret Anderson-Dolan also served as the captain and assistant captains of Canada White, respectively.

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Lacing Up


Lacing Up Teaches Novices Important Off-Ice Skills

RED DEER – Novice-aged hockey players in Alberta will benefit from an exciting new partnership between Hockey Alberta and the Respect Group.

Lacing Up is a fun, interactive, online, game-based program that helps Novice-aged players learn the fundamentals of being a successful, respectful young hockey player. Lacing Up focuses on the skills players need to know off the ice to stay healthy, play fair, support their teammates, respect officials, and contribute positively to their team.

Lacing Up focuses on the important off-ice skills that kids need to grow into respectful young athletes and allows coaches to focus on the fundamental hockey skills and drills that makes great players on the ice,” said Wayne McNeil, co-founder of Respect Group.

Lacing Up is an hour-long program that features stories, adventures, games, and quizzes “hosted” by five young animated characters and their coach. Topics include:

- Long Term Player Development: growth and development, nutrition, hydration, and sleep.

- Playing fair: the Hockey Canada Fair Play Pledge, respect for teammates, officials, and opponents, and recognizing that everyone makes mistakes.

- Bullying: types of bullying, and what to do if you are the target of bullying, or if you see it happening to someone else.

- Respect: for the game, each other, and ourselves.

The program is built around five modules accessed through a graphical table of contents. Content for the modules was created in consultation with Hockey Canada personnel, coaches, teachers, players and psychologists.

Novice-aged players in Alberta, and their parents, will be the first in Canada to have the opportunity to experience this free, optional program.

“For Hockey Alberta, the new Lacing Up program supports our new Vision statement, Hockey for Life. When our young players have a positive experience to start their careers, they are more likely to continue playing as they get older. We believe Lacing Up provides that positive opportunity for Novice-aged players across the province,” said Mike Klass, Senior Manager Business Operations for Hockey Alberta.

Lacing Up can be accessed through the Hockey Alberta website (www.hockeyalberta.ca) by going to the Players tab, and clicking on Lacing Up.

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Chevrolet Power of Play


Peewee Teams To Benefit From New Chevrolet Program

Peewee teams across Alberta have the opportunity to benefit from the a new grassroots program – the Chevrolet Power of Play program.

Each Peewee team that registers for the program receives a free Chevrolet coach’s kit that includes game pucks, and laces and tape featuring words of inspiration from Ryan Smyth, Daniel Brière, Zach Fucale, Tyler McGregor, Natalie Spooner, Caroline Ouellette and Tom Renney. The aim of the kit is to help coaches impart the important values that helped these great Canadians become better people on and off the ice. Every kit is a premium coach’s hockey bag that comes with 25 pairs of laces, 25 rolls of stick tape, 20 pucks and 20 Most Inspirational Player Awards.

The Most Inspiration Player award recognizes and celebrates those actions and behaviors that reflect the values commemorated on the laces and tape in the kit as demonstrated by individual players on a team. It can be awarded after a game, during or after a practice or even after off-ice team activity. The award includes a game puck and customized rubber case that goes around the puck and memorializes the inspirational quality that the player displayed to receive the award. Each team receives enough awards for every player on the team to be recognized at least once during the season.

Also included in every coach’s kit is a starter tape ball, made from used tape from the 2016 National Junior Team, National Women’s Team and National Sledge Team. Minor hockey teams will be encouraged to add to it and the team that creates the biggest tape ball will receive $10,000 ($5,000 of which will go to that team’s minor hockey association). There are also smaller prizes being awarded to teams in each branch at the end of the year. At the end of the season, Chevrolet will be collecting all the tape balls to create one massive monument that will travel between the tournament venues in Montreal and Toronto during next year’s World Junior Tournament.

The process of signing up your Peewee team should be done by the coach, as each registration will be verified by Hockey Canada. To learn more about this exciting new program and or to sign up your Peewee team, go to chevrolethockey.com. Deadline is January 31.

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The Hockey Canada Network Now Available

Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada are pleased to announce the launch of the Hockey Canada Network.

This innovative coaching tool puts a variety of digital coaching assets at your fingertips. Coaches and players are provided with the tools to succeed through on-demand access to the Hockey Canada Skills Manuals, in addition to thousands of drills, skills, videos, practice plans and much more.

We are pleased to be able to provide registered Hockey Alberta coaches with a promo code that will permit you to visit the Hockey Canada Network website and purchase a discounted access code that will allow you to register your Hockey Canada Network APP for a one-year subscription.

The Hockey Canada Network is available for Android and iOS devices. Download the APP for free from Google Play or the Apple APP Store to start exploring videos and articles. Coaches will have unlimited access to the full library of regularly updated content and features by creating a profile and entering an access code.

When visiting http://www.hockeycanadanetwork.com, just insert the promo code HACERT2015. Once your purchase is complete you will receive an access code which is to be used to validate the APP for one year. Once the access code is entered, you will have full access to all to resources and tools currently available on the Hockey Canada Network.

If you experience any difficulties in accessing the Hockey Canada Network, please go to the website at http://www.hockeycanadanetwork.com, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click the SUPPORT link, or check out the FAQ section to find an answer to your issue.

Website: http://www.hockeycanadanetwork.com

Promo Code: HACERT2015

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Coach Of The Month - November

Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for November 2015 is Darcy Warawa of Lacombe.

Darcy is an Assistant Coach for both the Lacombe Initiation Red Rockets, and the Lacombe Tim Horton’s Bears. His coaching background goes back nearly 20 years. He’s served as a baseball coach at the community, Team Alberta, Junior National Team and International level. This is his first season coaching Minor Hockey, as both his sons decided to give the sport a try this year.

"I believe that coaching at the youth level is about teaching sport and life skills through fun games and activities," said Darcy. "Creating smiles, laughter and providing sincere encouragement are definitely part of building a positive sport environment for them."

"He (Darcy) focuses on making the game enjoyable for our players," said the Head Coach of the Lacombe Red Rockets, who nominated Darcy for Coach of the Month. "On the ice he is constantly giving the kids encouragement and tips to keep playing and enjoy the game."

For more details on Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month, click here.

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ATB Financial New Presenting Sponsor Of Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships

RED DEER – The 2016 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships have a new presenting sponsor – ATB Financial.

Hockey fans will have the opportunity to watch teams pursue a 2016 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championship, presented by ATB Financial, as tournaments will be hosted in communities across the entire province – at locations ranging from High Level in the north and Taber in the south, to Provost in the east and Grande Prairie in the west.

The sponsorship and hosting announcements were made on December 15 during a media conference at the Red Deer Arena.

“We are pleased to welcome ATB Financial as the presenting sponsor for the 2016 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships which are staple events in the month of March for everyone in the province’s hockey community. Hockey Alberta has been fortunate to partner with ATB Financial for the past few years. We believe that ATB and the Provincial Championships are a natural fit, as thousands of people across the province are involved in ensuring that the participants have memories that last a lifetime,” said Rob Litwinski, Executive Director of Hockey Alberta.

As the presenting sponsor of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, ATB Financial is continuing a longstanding relationship with Hockey Alberta that has included support of the Team Alberta program.

“Playing in the provincials is every young hockey player’s goal at the start of each season,” said John Windwick, ATB’s Vice President, Community Initiatives. “We can’t wait to see the smiles on the players’ faces when they arrive at the championship tournaments across the province. We’ll definitely do our part to make sure it’s a special experience for everyone involved, including the parents, officials and volunteers who make these events possible.”

ATB’s Vice President, Community Initiatives John Windwick (left) and Hockey Alberta’s Executive
Director Rob Litwinski (right) unveil the new logo for the 2016 Provincial Championships.

Hockey Alberta’s month-long “March to a title” features provincial championship tournament action during four weekends in March, along with four champions crowned through league playoff series. Organizations interested in hosting a provincial championship tournament completed a detailed bid process, with a bid committee evaluating the submissions.

Click here to view the confirmed hosts for the 2016 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.

The majority of teams competing in minor Provincial Championship tournaments qualify by winning a zone playdown. Playdowns start in mid-January across the province, with up to 1,000 teams vying for the right to represent their zone at the provincial championships. Host teams receive an automatic berth in the championship they are hosting, although they do participate in zone playdowns, and have the opportunity to win their zone title.

For Midget Female AAA, Midget AAA Minor, and Bantam Female AAA, championship tournaments are held to conclude league playoffs. The following provincial champions will be decided via league playoffs: Senior AAA, Junior A, Midget AAA, and Bantam AAA.

Hosts for the following events are still being reviewed: Senior Female, Midget A, Bantam A, Bantam Female B, and Peewee Female B.

Provincial championship weekend in a dozen communities will also have a unique off-ice component. For the third year, Tundra Process Solutions is sponsoring True Spirit of Hockey Day events that will connect Provincial Championships and local schools, allowing students to learn about the excitement, teamwork and friendships that can be generated in the sport of hockey. Through a schedule of planned activities at each school, students will learn the rules of the game, engage with their classmates, and learn the importance of teamwork and skill development.

True Spirit of Hockey Day events will be held in conjunction with Provincial Championships hosted by Springbank, Oyen, Taber, High Prairie, High Level, Fort McMurray, Foothills, Drayton Valley, Grimshaw, Lacombe, Duchess, and Innisfail.

For more information on the 2016 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, go to hockeyalberta.ca/provincials.

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Male Roster Announced For 2016 Arctic Winter Games

RED DEER – Seventeen of the top 2001-02 born male athletes living north of the 55th have been selected to represent Team Alberta North for the 2016 Arctic Winter Games.

Hockey Alberta’s Bantam Male squad, along with a Junior Female team, will compete in the Arctic Winter Games March 6-11, 2016 in Nuuk, Greenland (hockey will be played in Iqaluit, Nunavut).

Click here to view the Male Team Alberta North Roster.

Selection camps ran December 11-13 in High Prairie, and saw athletes (71 forwards, 30 defensemen, 19 goalies) turn out to compete for a spot with Team Alberta North.

"We saw some very talented individuals at this year’s selection camp," said Blake Cosgrove, Regional Centre Northwest Consultant for Hockey Alberta. "Selecting just 17 athletes was quite difficult, but we’re excited with the group that we’ll be sending to the Arctic Winter Games in March."

Female selection camp is set to run January 8-10 in Slave Lake.

The Arctic Winter Games are the world’s largest northern multi-sport and cultural event. The Arctic Winter Games are a celebration of athletic completion, culture, friendship and cooperation between northern contingents. Athletic competition features sports that enjoy worldwide popularity alongside traditional Arctic Sports and dene Games. A significant cultural component featuring visual arts, dance, ceremonies and galas with participants from across the circumpolar region is a pillar of the Games.

Each hockey team is comprised of 17 players and two coaches. Teams participate in a round-robin tournament to determine seeding for medal-round pairings. One gold ulu is awarded in each age/sex class. Teams that regularly participate in ice hockey include Alaska, Yukon, Alberta North, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Communities eligible to participate in the Arctic Winter Games are located North of the 55th Parallel. Click here to view a list of eligible communities.

Click here for more information on the 2016 Arctic Winter Games.

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Volunteers And Staff Members Recognized With Hockey Alberta Service Awards

RED DEER – Ten volunteers and two staff members have been recognized by Hockey Alberta for five or 10 consecutive years of leadership in providing excellent service to the hockey community in Alberta.

Service award recipients were announced as part of Hockey Alberta’s semi-annual meeting on November 28 in Red Deer.

Terry Engen, chair of the Board of Directors for Hockey Alberta, and Executive Director Rob Litwinski made presentations to seven of the recipients. The other five will be presented with their awards at a later date.

Ten-Year Award recipients were:

Debbie Northcott: Current Chair, Minor Administration Committee. Previously, Minor Council rep.

Debbie Northcott receives her 10-year award from Terry Engen.

Debbie Northcott receives her 10-year award from Terry Engen.

Justin Fesyk: Senior Manager, Hockey Development at Hockey Alberta.

Justin Fesyk

Justin Fesyk receives his 10-year award from Rob Litwinski.

Rob Litwinski: Executive Director at Hockey Alberta.

Rob Litwinski receives his 10-year award from Terry Engen.

Five-Year Award recipients were:

Francois Gagnon: Current Zone 2 Operations Advisory Committee (OAC) rep. Previously, Minor Council rep.

Francois Gagnon receives his 5-year award from Terry Engen.

Craig Reid: Current Zone 1 member on the OAC. Previously, Zone 1 Director.

Craig Reid

Len Samletzki: Current Director of Finance on the Board of Directors.

Len Samlezki

Len Samletzki receives his 5-year ward from Terry Engen.

Dave Shaw: Current Chair of the Officials Committee. Previously, South Zone Referee Chair.

Dave Shaw

Dave Shaw receives his 5-year award from Terry Engen.

Craig DeCoursey: Current Central Zone Referee Chair.

Greg Nesom: Current Female rep, longt-time Female Chair. Previously, Minor North Female Rep and Minor South Female Rep.

Dave Sevalrud: Current Director at Large on the Board of Directors. Previously, Zone 9 Director and member of the OAC.

Jared Greenburg: North Central Referee Chair through the 2014-15 season.

George Kallay: Zone 6 member on the OAC through the 2014-15 season. Previously, Zone 6 Director.

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Female Alberta Winter Games Rosters


Female Rosters And Staff Announced For 2016 Alberta Winter Games

RED DEER – The eight female hockey teams that will battle it out at the 2016 Alberta Winter Games are now set.

The player rosters for the eight zone teams in the female competition, along with the staff for each team, were announced on December 8. The teams will compete against each other at the 2016 Alberta Winter Games in Medicine Hat, February 13-16.

Teams were selected to represent each of the province’s zones: Sunny South, Big Country, Calgary, Parkland, Yellowhead/Blackgold, Edmonton, Northeast and Peace Country. Each team includes two goalies, six defense, and 12 forwards. Team staff includes a head coach, two assistant coaches, a coach mentor, and a director of hockey operations.

Click here to view all female rosters for the 2016 Alberta Winter Games.

Roughly 600 2001-2004 born players attended zone selection camps held at locations across the province, December 4-6.

“We were very impressed with the turn-out we saw this past weekend at every zone camp,” said Mike Kraichy, manager of Team Alberta. “We’d also like to thank all the volunteers who came out for these camps, as well as the male camps the previous weekend. We couldn’t do it without them.”

The Alberta Winter Games is a multi-sport event for developing athletes, aged 11-17 years old. The Winter Games were first hosted in 1976 in Banff, and occur each even-numbered year. The athletes are selected to represent the eight zones in Alberta in 20 sports such as hockey, badminton, gymnastics, skiing and skating.

Hockey Alberta coordinates the ice hockey portion of the Winter Games, as a core segment of its Development Program. The Winter Games provide players, coaches, trainers and referees an opportunity to discover the great qualities of competitive hockey starting with the zone camp and selection process, through to competing in the Games.

Click here for more information on the 2016 Alberta Winter Games.

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Initiation Guideline Video


Hockey Alberta Unveils Initiation Guideline Video

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta has released a new video resource for its Initiation Program to provide information and direction to local MHAs, coaches, and parents.

Based on Hockey Canada’s Long Term Player Development (LTPD) model, players who are six years old and younger should be focusing on having fun, learning skills and developing physical literacy. The ultimate goal of this level of hockey is to make the first impression of hockey a positive one for all players and parents.

The Initiation game format, sees games played on a reduced playing surface, was showcased at the "Shrink the Rink" event in Lloydminster in October.

Click here for more information on the Initiation Program.

Click below to watch Hockey Alberta’s Initiation video:

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Male Rosters And Staff Announced For 2016 Alberta Winter Games

RED DEER – For 160 male hockey athletes, preparation begins now for the 2016 Alberta Winter Games.

The player rosters for the eight zone teams in the male competition, along with the staff for each team, were announced on December 2. The teams will compete against each other at the 2016 Alberta Winter Games in Medicine Hat, February 13-16.

Teams were selected to represent each of the province’s zones: Sunny South, Big Country, Calgary, Parkland, Yellowhead/ Blackgold, Edmonton, Northeast and Peace Country. Each team includes two goalies, six defense, and 12 forwards. Team staff includes a head coach, two assistant coaches, a coach mentor, and a director of hockey operations.

Click here to view all male rosters for the 2016 Alberta Winter Games.

Just under 800 2003-born players attended zone selection camps held at locations across the province, November 27-29.

"We’re very impressed with the level of talent displayed at this year’s selection camps," said Dustin Moore, coordinator for Team Alberta. "Choosing just 20 players for each team is never easy, but we’re excited for these athletes to take a big step forward in their development and take part in a provincial event like the Alberta Winter Games."

Zone selection camps for female players are set for this weekend, December 4-6. Female team rosters will be announced later next week.

The Alberta Winter Games is a multi-sport event for developing athletes, aged 11-17 years old. The Winter Games were first hosted in 1976 in Banff, and occur each even-numbered year. The athletes are selected to represent the eight zones in Alberta in 20 sports such as hockey, badminton, gymnastics, skiing and skating.

Hockey Alberta coordinates the ice hockey portion of the Winter Games, as a core segment of its Development Program. The Winter Games provide players, coaches, trainers and referees an opportunity to discover the great qualities of competitive hockey starting with the zone camp and selection process, through to competing in the Games.

Click here for more information on the 2016 Alberta Winter Games.

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Male Registration Deadline For Alberta Winter Games Extended

The deadline for males to register for the 2016 Alberta Winter Games has been extended to Monday, November 16 at 5 p.m.

The Games will be held in Medicine Hat, February 13-16, 2016. Males born in 2003 are eligible to compete. The hockey competition will feature male and female teams representing each of the province’s eight zones. Athletes interested in participating in the Games must register to attend the camp in their zone, from which the roster will be selected to compete at the Games.

Zone camps in the Male Division will be held November 27-29. To determine the zone in which you are located, please click here.

Registration is now closed.

Zone Camp locations: 

Zone 1 (Sunny South): Lethbridge Adams Ice Rink & Labor Club 
Zone 2 (Big Country): OldsSportsplex
Zone 3 (Calgary): East Calgary Twin Arenas 
Zone 4 (Parkland): Wetaskiwin Civic Centre Twin Arenas
Zone 5 (Yellowhead): Fort Saskatchewan Dow Centennial Center 
Zone 6 (Edmonton): Castledowns Arena
Zone 7 (Northeast): Viking Carena Complex
Zone 8 (Peace Country): Sexsmith Arena 

If you have any questions about male athlete registration, please contact Dustin Moore (dmoore@hockeyalberta.ca).

The deadline for females to apply for the 2016 Alberta Winter Games is November 20. 

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Alberta Official Assigned To IIHF Event

Referee Lacey Senuk of St. Albert is among the 20 Canadian officials assigned to IIHF events for the 2015-16 season. She was the lone Albertan on the list.

Senuk will head to Asiago, Italy in April to officiate the Division I, Group B portion of the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship.

Another Albertan, linesman Chris Carlson of Edmonton, was named to the long-list to officiate at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Russia in May. The final list of officials for that event will be announced in early 2016.

For more information on the Hockey Canada Officiating Program and all of Hockey Canada’s development programs, visit www.hockeycanada.ca, or follow along through social media at www.facebook.com/hockeycanada and www.twitter.com/hockeycanada.ca.

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Cory Anderson


Coach Of The Month - October

Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for October 2015 is Cory Anderson of Pincher Creek.

Cory has been coaching minor hockey for five years, and is currently the head coach of the Pincher Creek Novice Chinooks. Last year, he led his team to the Novice "B" Spud League Championship.

"In the many years that I have been involved in minor hockey, I have never met anyone with such a passion and enthusiasm for kids in hockey as Cory," said a team parent. "It is evident that he loves what he does and is there to make a difference. From preparing eight year-olds for leadership roles as future captains of their team, to leading our team to a banner last year, Cory does it with class!"

Cory received four different nominations for Coach of the Month.

For more details on Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month, click here.

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2015-16 Alberta Sledge Team Roster Announcement

Alberta Sledge is proud to announce the 15 player roster for the Provincial Sledge Hockey Team that will represent Alberta for the 2015-16 season.

The roster was finalized following a two-day selection camp in Wetaskiwin. The camp included a skills evaluation and two intrasquad games. A total of 24 players were in contention for the 15 roster spots. 

Click here to view the full 2015-16 Alberta Sledge roster.

Alberta’s roster includes two goaltenders, four defense and nine forwards. Head coach Steve Arsenault (Spruce Grove) assembled the roster with support from associate coach Kieran Block (Edmonton), and team manager Dean Krawec (St. Albert). 

Arsenault is a current Canadian Men’s Sledge team member, 2013 World Champion, and 2014 Paralympic bronze medalist. He believes the foundation for success for the 2015-16 Alberta squad is based on outworking, outsmarting and outplaying the opposition.

“My coaching philosophy involves an outstanding work ethic at its core foundation along with an exceptionally strong team structure and an emphasis on discipline," said Arsenault.

Krawec has been involved in sledge hockey in Alberta since 1998 as a player, coach, and manager with the Edmonton Sled Hockey Club. 

"Having a rostered Team Alberta squad is something that I have wanted since 1998. This is truly a dream come true for me as a sledge hockey historian in Alberta," said Krawec. "It shows that we have the depth in numbers, and also the quality of players to make a high performance team to take to the National Championships."

The 2016 National Championships are being hosted in Leduc, May 13-15, 2016.

For more information on the Provincial Sledge Hockey Team and Sledge Hockey Alberta, please contact Dean Krawec, Team Manager, at dkrawec@shaw.ca or follow through social media at facebook.com/albertasledge and twitter.com/AlbertaSledge.

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Hockey Alberta Weekend Recap

While Team Alberta didn’t get the result it was hoping for at the National Women’s U18 Championship over the weekend, a number of Team Alberta alumni landed medals internationally.

2015 World U17 Hockey Challenge

Less than a year after winning a silver medal with Team Alberta at the 2015 Canada Winter Games, Ian Scott (G), Jarrod Gourley (D), Ian Mitchell (D), Jaret Anderson-Dolan (F) and James Hamblin (F) helped lead Team Canada White to a gold medal at the World U17 Hockey Challenge in Dawson Creek, BC on Saturday.

Team Canada White beat Russia 6-2 in the gold medal game, with Anderson-Dolan notching a goal and an assist, while Mitchell added a pair of helpers. Scott made 21 saves for the win, finishing the tournament with a 3-1 record. 

The gold medal was the first for Team Canada at the World U17 Hockey Challenge since 2011.

Another Team Alberta alumnus Josh Paterson was on the Canada Black team that lost 4-2 to the Czech Republic Friday night in the 7th/8th place game.

2015 Four Nations Cup

Former Team Alberta goaltender EmeranceMaschmeyer came oh-so-close to a gold medal with Canada’s National Women’s Team at the Four Nations Cup, as Canada was edged 3-2 in overtime by Team USA Sunday afternoon in Sweden.

Maschmeyer did her best to keep Canada in the game, stopping 30 of 33 shots fired her way, and finished the tournament with a 1-2 record. 

Maschmeyer won gold with Team Alberta at the 2011 Canada Winter Games, and has two other medals to her name in international competition, a gold at the 2012 IIHF World Women’s U18 Championships, and a silver at the 2015 IIHF World Women’s Championships. 

2015 National Women’s U18 Championship

After finishing round-robin play at the U18 Nationals in Hunstville, ON with a 1-2 record, Team Alberta lost 4-0 to Team Saskatchewan Saturday, finishing the tournament in eighth place. 

Kirsten Chamberlin played the first two periods in net, while Zoe De Beauville came on in relief in the third period. For Saskatchewan, Emma Johnson made 23 saves for the shutout win. Forward Sarah Lecavalier was named Team Alberta’s Player of the Game in the loss. 

Ontario Red finished as the tournament champion following a 2-1 overtime win over Team Manitoba, while Ontario Blue edged Team BC to win bronze. 

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Team Alberta Beats Team Atlantic 1-0 In Overtime, Will Play For Seventh Saturday

HUNTSVILLE, ON - Team Alberta notched its first victory of the National Women’s U18 Championship with a 1-0 overtime win over Team Atlantic Friday afternoon, but it wasn’t enough to advance to the semi-finals.

Snakebitten all tournment with just one goal for in two games, Alberta needed to win by at least two goals, and hope for a Team BC loss against Ontario Blue for a shot at advancing.

Both teams had plenty of chances, with Atlantic out-shooting Alberta 26-21, but the game’s first goal didn’t come until the extra frame, with Tianno Ko batting the puck out of mid-air for the game winning goal. Ko was named Team Alberta’s Player of the Game for her efforts. 

Goaltending continued to be Alberta’s strong suit, as Zoe De Beauville stopped all 26 shots that came her way to earn the shutout, after allowing just two goals against Team BC on Wednesday. De Beauville’s counterpart, Atlantic goalie Shelby Ryan, did her best to keep her team in the game, allowing one goal on 21 shots. 

Alberta will now face off for seventh place on Saturday against Team Saskatchewan, who finished last in Pool A with a 0-2-1 record. That game goes at 8:30 a.m. MT, follow Team Alberta on Twitter for live scoring updates.

Click here for full tournament details, schedules and stats.

November 5, 2015

HUNSTVILLE, ON - Team Alberta dropped to 0-2 at the National Women’s U18 Championship after a 1-0 loss to Ontario Blue Thursday night. 

It was a tight defensive battle between the two teams, with the lone goal of the game coming off the stick of Ontario’s CelineFrappier midway through the second frame with Alberta’s Jessica Squires in the penaly box. Ontario went one-for-five on the powerplay, while Alberta failed to convert on six chances.

Alberta managed to outshoot Ontario Blue 21-18, but Carmen Lasis stood tall for her team, making 21 saves for the win. Alberta goalie Kirsten Chamberlin took the loss, stopping 17 of 18 shots. Forward McKenzie Hewett was named Team Alberta’s Player of the Game.

With the loss, Alberta sits last in Pool B, but still has a chance at reaching the semi-finals with a win against Team Atlantic on Friday, coupled with a BC loss to Ontario Blue. Alberta and Atlantic hit the ice at 11:30 a.m. MT.

The top two teams from Pools A and B will advance to the semi-finals on Saturday, with the gold and bronze medal games set for Sunday. 

November 4, 2015

HUNTSVILLE, ON - Team Alberta kicked off the National Women’s U18 Championship with a 2-1 loss to Team BC on Wednesday morning.

BC’s Leona Sim scored with 7:15 left in the game to break the 1-1 deadlock. Tyra Meropoulis scored Alberta’s lone goal, midway through the second period to tie the game, after Cassidy Bell opened the scoring for BC late in the first period.

Team Alberta goalie Zoe De Beauville made 15 saves, and was named Team Alberta’s player of the game. Alex Gulstene stopped 19 of the 20 shots in recording the victory in the BC net.

"I thought overall we played a solid 200-foot game," said Head Coach Scott Rivett. "We were able to keep four lines going and six (defenders), and (our) goaltender played well in our first game—(we have) a good opportunity to build on that."

Team Alberta (0-1) hits the ice again Thursday at 5:30 p.m. MT against Ontario Blue, and will conclude round-robin play in Pool A Friday at 11:30 a.m. MT against Team Atlantic. For live scoring updates, follow Team Alberta on Twitter.

The top two teams from Pools A and B will advance to the semi-finals on Saturday, with the gold and bronze medal games set for Sunday.

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Volunteers Needed For 2016 RBC Cup

LLOYDMINSTER - The Lloydminster Bobcats of the AJHL are actively seeking volunteers for the 2016 RBC May 13-23.

Overview:

  • The championship runs from May 13th to May 23rd, 2016 in Lloydminster. Game times are 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • You must be 16 years of age or older as of Jan 1st, 2016 to volunteer at the 2016 RBC Cup.
  • Depending on the number of responses from volunteers, all applications MAY NOT be required.
  • All applicants will be contacted regarding their application no later than Nov 30th, 2015.
  • Every effort will be made to assign volunteers to their area of choice.
  • A minimum contribution of 16 hours of volunteer service will be required for the event. Shifts will be divided into 4 hour time commitments.
  • Volunteers are required to pay a $50 commitment fee. This fee also contributes to the volunteer reward package (details below)

Benefits:

  • An OFFICIAL RBC Cup Volunteer Uniform consisting of the following two quality clothing items ($150 value): ONE (1) Golf Shirt AND ONE (1) Windbreaker
  • A volunteer handbook.
  • Free Access to the beer lounge during events when not on shift.
  • Official event lanyard.
  • An invitation to the Volunteer Appreciation Party on Sunday, May 22nd.

Click here for a volunteer application form.

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Team Alberta Strikes Gold At Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup

CALGARY - After shutting out Team Manitoba 3-0 for the second straight game, Team Alberta successfully defended its gold medal at the 2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup on Sunday afternoon.

It didn’t take long for Team Alberta to strike, with goals from Sean Comrie and Ryley Appelt just over a minute apart to take a 2-0 lead partway through the first.

Both teams were held off the score sheet through the second period, and most of the third, until Eric Florchuk scored with Manitoba’s net empty in favour of an extra skater.

Florchuk finished the tournament with three goals, tied for the team lead with Chase Wouters.

In his second start of the tournament, goalie Carl Stankowski stood tall for team Alberta, stopping all 27 shots he faced, and earning Player of the Game honours for his troubles.

Dawson Barteaux earned the nod as the Player of the Game for silver medal-winning Team Manitoba.

"As a staff, we are extremely proud of this particular group," said Head Coach Bobby Fox. "They played the game the right way. There was a ton of heart-power in that locker room, and we expect these players to make a significant impact with their respective club teams this year and moving forward in the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence."

Alberta and Manitoba previously clashed Friday night, also a 3-0 win for Team Alberta that saw Team Manitoba register just eight shots on goal.

Undefeated in round-robin play, Alberta advanced directly to Sunday’s gold medal game, while Manitoba earned its spot after beating second place BC on Saturday.

It’s the fourth gold medal for Alberta in the tournament’s five-year history, and its second in a row, the previous coming in 2013.

Earlier on Sunday, Team BC defeated Team Saskatchewan 7-2 in the tournament’s bronze medal game.

2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup All-Star Team

G – Matthew Thiessen (Team Manitoba) – Altona, MB – Tri-City Americans
D – Ty Smith (Team Alberta) – Lloydminster, AB – Spokane Chiefs
D – Jett Woo (Team Manitoba) – Winnipeg, MB – Moose Jaw Warriors
F – Carson Focht (Team Saskatchewan) – Regina, SK – Tri-City Americans
F – Eric Florchuk (Team Alberta) – Ft. Saskatchewan, AB – Victoria Royals
F – Eli Zummack (Team BC) – Kelowna, BC – Red Deer Rebels

October 30, 2015

CALGARY - Team Alberta heavily out-shot Team Manitoba on the way to a 3-0 win Friday night, securing a spot in Sunday’s gold medal game at the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup.

Eric Florchuk opened the scoring with his second of the tournment, as Alberta outshot Manitoba 16-2 in the first.

Chase Wouters netted his third goal in as many games late in the second, as Alberta yet again had the advantage on the shot clock, 11-3.

Tristan Nielsen put the game away midway through the third with his second goal of the Challenge Cup, with Alberta outshooting Manitoba 9-3 in the frame.

In his second straight start, Jacob Bennett needed just eight saves to earn the shutout, while a busy Matthew Thiessen stopped 33 of 36 in a losing cause for Manitoba.

Eric Florchuk earned the Player of the Game honours for Team Alberta, and Benjamin Coppinger for Team Manitoba.

Team Alberta finishes the round-robin portion of the tournament a perfect 3-0, and will advance directly to the gold medal final, which goes Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary.

Alberta’s opponent will be determined Saturday afternoon, as Manitoba (1-2) and Team BC (2-1) battle at 1 p.m. at the Markin MacPhail.

The loser of that match-up goes on to the bronze medal game against Team Saskatchewan (0-3) at 9:30 a.m.

October 29, 2015

CALGARY - After jumping out to a three goal lead, Team Alberta held on for the 3-2 win over Team Saskatchewan Thursday afternoon at the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup in Calgary.

Alberta went up 1-0 early in the game thanks to Erik Florchuk’s first goal of the tournament, and took a 2-0 lead just minutes into the second frame after Chase Wouters scored short-handed, his second goal in as many games.

Tristan Nielson scored again for Alberta just over two minutes later, which would be the eventual game winner.

Saskatchewan’s Carson Focht scored a pair in the middle of the period to make it a one-goal game, but Alberta was able to halt the comeback and hold on for the victory.

Jacob Bennett got the call in goal for Alberta, stopping 18 of 20 shots for the win, while his counterpart Jake Davidson made 22 saves on 25 shots for Saskatchewan.

Forward Josh Tarzwell earned Player of the Game honours for Team Alberta, while Focht got the nod for Saskatchewan.

"Sask (Saskatchewan) is a very well coached team and the players have obviously bought into a hard working, lunch-bucket identity," Head Coach Bobby Fox said after the game. "It makes them a tough team to play against and a good test for us. We faced some adversity today and it will make us better moving forward. We held on and found a way to win."

Team Alberta now sits 2-0 in the tournament, and plays its final round-robin game against Team Manitoba (1-1) Friday at 7 p.m., and can advance straight to Sunday’s gold medal final with a win.

Manitoba is coming off a 4-2 loss to BC Thursday night, after opening its tournament with a win over Saskatchewan.

Meanwhile, Saskatchewan (0-2) looks for its first win of the tourament as they take on Team BC (1-1) Friday at 3 p.m.

October 28, 2015

CALGARY - Despite trailing in the early goings of the game, Team Alberta kicked off the 2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup with a 6-3 win over BC Wednesday night.

In a rematch of the 2013 Gold Medal game, which Team Alberta won, BC jumped out to an early lead on goals by Liam Kindree and Luka Burzan, before Josh Tarzwell put Alberta on the board late in the first period.

BC would regain a two-goal lead in the second period thanks to Tyler Popowich, but goals from Josh Prokop and Nicholas Bowman just 24 seconds apart would tie the game at 3-3 after two.

Team Alberta carried the momentum into the third, taking its first lead of the game on Chase Wouters’ marker, and added a pair of insurance goals as Bowman and Prokop each landed their second goals of the game.

Goalie Carl Stankowski was able to brush off a shaky start and earn the win for Alberta, stopping 19 of the 22 shots he faced.

Jordan Naylor took the loss for BC, allowing five goals on 33 shots before being pulled and replaced by Donovan Buskey, who allowed one goal on three shots in relief.

With two assists, Spencer Moe was named the Player of the Game for Team Alberta, while Captain Ethan Cap took the honour for BC.

"It’s something we discussed as a team in pre-planning, with the ins and outs of a short-term competition," Coach Bobby Fox said of his team’s come-from-behind win. "You could be down two in the first 5 minutes, but there’s 55 minutes left in the game. The guys showed character, remained poised, and didn’t stop working."

Team Alberta now shifts its focus to Team Saskatchewan, who are coming off a narrow 4-3 loss to Team Manitoba Wednesday afternoon.

The two teams hit the ice at 3 p.m. at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, followed by BC and Manitoba at 7 p.m.

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Four Alberta Officials Headed To Level Six Seminar

Hockey Alberta and the Officiating Committee are pleased to announce four officials have been selected to attend the Hockey Canada Level Six officiating seminar in Moncton, New Brunswick from November 3-8.

Cody Rude of Edmonton, Kevin Webinger and Reid Anderson of Calgary, and Chris Schlenker of Medicine Hat will be attending this event, which is the highest level in the officiating program in Canada. 

There are only about 80 level 6 officials registered in Canada each season, making this a very select group of top officials from across Canada. 

Hockey Alberta and the Officiating Committee would like to congratulate each official on their selection.

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Registration Open For Arctic Winter Games Selection Camps

Registration is now open for male Bantam players (born 2001-2002) and female Junior players (born 1997-2002) to attend Team Alberta North selection camps for the 2016 Arctic Winter Games.

Communities eligible to participate in the Arctic Winter Games are located on or above the 55th Parallel. Click here to view a list of eligible communities. 

Registration:

Click here for female registration.

The deadline for male and female registration is December 10.

Selection Camps: 

Male selection camp runs December 11-13 in High Prairie.
Female selection camp runs January 8-10 in Slave Lake.

Coaches:

Team Alberta North is actively seeking coaches for the 2016 Arctic Winter Games. The deadline for coach applications is November 15.

The Arctic Winter Games take place in Nuuk, Greenland on March 6-11, 2016, but all hockey games taking place in Iqaluit, Nunavut.

The Arctic Winter Games is the world’s largest northern multi-sport and cultural event, and celbreates athletic completion, culture, friendship and copperation between northern contingents.

For more information, contact Blake Cosgrove, Hockey Alberta Northwest Regional Centre Consultant at bcosgrove@hockeyalberta.ca.

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Team Alberta Rallies For 6-3 Win Over BC

CALGARY - Despite trailing in the early goings of the game, Team Alberta kicked off the 2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup with a 6-3 win over BC Wednesday night.

In a rematch of the 2013 Gold Medal game, which Team Alberta won, BC jumped out to an early lead on goals by Liam Kindree and LukaBurzan, before Josh Tarzwell put Alberta on the board late in the first period. 

BC would regain a two-goal lead in the second period thanks to Tyler Popowich, but goals from Josh Prokop and Nicholas Bowman just 24 seconds apart would tie the game at 3-3 after two. 

Team Alberta carried the momentum into the third, taking its first lead of the game on Chase Wouters’ marker, and added a pair of insurance goals as Bowman and Prokop each landed their second goals of the game. 

Goalie Carl Stankowski was able to brush off a shaky start and earn the win for Alberta, stopping 19 of the 22 shots he faced. 

Jordan Naylor took the loss for BC, allowing five goals on 33 shots before being pulled and replaced by Donovan Buskey, who allowed one goal on three shots in relief. 

With two assists, Spencer Moe was named the Player of the Game for Team Alberta, while Captain Ethan Cap took the honour for BC. 

"It’s something we discussed as a team in pre-planning, with the ins and outs of a short-term competition," Coach Bobby Fox said of his team’s come-from-behind win. "You could be down two in the first 5 minutes, but there’s 55 minutes left in the game. The guys showed character, remained poised, and didn’t stop working."

Team Alberta now shifts its focus to Team Saskatchewan, who are coming off a narrow 4-3 loss to Team Manitoba Wednesday afternoon. 

The two teams hit the ice at 3 p.m. at the MarkinMacPhail Centre in Calgary, followed by BC and Manitoba at 7 p.m. 

Click here for the full tournament schedule, ticket information, and updated stats.

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Concussion Education Seminar Available In Edmonton

EDMONTON - Parents, coaches, trainers, and active individuals are invited to take part in a concussion education seminar in Edmonton on Saturday, November 28.

The seminar, put on by the Glen Sather Prevention and Return to Activity Centre, has a special focus on baseline testing in hockey, and features a panel of concussion experts:

Dr. MarniWesner - Sports and Exercise Medicine Physician
Dr. Marty Mrazik - Neuropsychologist
Codi Isaac - Physical Therapist
TJ Mussbacher - Athletic Therapist

The seminar runs from 9 a.m. - 12 noon at the University of Alberta’s Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, 11405 87 Ave, room 1-182. 

The registration fee is $25, which includes the expert lectures, a participant package, and light refreshments.

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Early Bird Passes On Sale For 2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup

CALGARY – Don’t miss your chance to cheer on Team Alberta at the 2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup in Calgary!

The event runs October 28 to November 1 at the MarkinMacPhail Centre (WinSport) in Calgary. 

Early bird tournament passes are now available for $30, and can be purchased until October 25. 

Tournament passes will be available at the door, and cost $40 for adults, and $35 for students (15-24 years) or seniors (60+).

Day passes will also be available at the door, and cost $15 for adults, and $10 for students or seniors.

Youth 14 and under can attend any game for free with a Minor Hockey jersey or Halloween costume. 

Minor Hockey Teams can help pack the rink and cheer on Team Alberta with the Team Experience, a special offer for teams to take in any game for just $5 a player. 

Team Alberta kicks off its 2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup push on Wednesday, October 28 against British Columbia at 7 p.m., followed by a tilt with Team Saskatchewan Thursday, October 29 at 3 p.m.

The squad wraps-up round-robin play on Friday, October 30 at 7 p.m. against Manitoba, with the semi-finals set for Saturday and the bronze and gold medal games scheduled for Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively. 

Click here for a full schedule, team rosters, and more ticket information.

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Lloydminster Ready To Shrink The Rink

LLOYDMINSTER – Everyone is welcome to check out the new look for Initiation hockey in Alberta this weekend in Lloydminster.

Lloydminster Minor Hockey Association (LMHA) is hosting two days of special events to demonstrate the new guidelines, goals and expectations for the Initiation Program (players aged six years and under).

On Friday evening, a “hot stove session” features experienced coaches, and Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta representatives discussing Initiation Program guidelines and Long Term Player Development (LTPD). The session is open to all coaches, parents and members of the public interested in learning more about these significant topics. The hot stove session will be held at the Days Inn, 5411-44 Street in Lloydminster, starting at 7 pm.

On Saturday, action shifts to the Servus Sports Centre, located at 5202-12 Street. Initiation and Novice division players will be the focus of attention during “Shrink the Rink”, a day filled with cross-ice games, as well as interactive games, and a public information session. All events during the day are designed to demonstrate and discuss the benefits of Initiation guidelines and LTPD.

On-ice action will be held in the Rusway Arena, starting with opening ceremonies at 8:30 am, and games running from 9 am to 5 pm. The off-ice interactive games will be held from 11 am to 3 pm in the Synergy Credit Union Field House. The public forum will be held in the OTS room from 1:30-2:30 pm. There will also be Hockey Alberta and Bauer information booths open throughout the day.

Hockey Alberta announced new guidelines for the Initiation Program in April. The guidelines are based on Hockey Canada’s LTPD model. The goal is to ensure that players have fun, and that the first impression of hockey is a positive one for all players and parents. The guidelines, along with information for instructors and parents, can be reviewed and downloaded from the Players section of the Hockey Alberta website. 

For more information, contact:

Darrell Wagner, General Manager,
Lloydminster Minor Hockey Association
Phone: 780-872-0525
Cell: 780-871-3075
Email: gm@lloydminsterminorhockey.com

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"WGHW Long Game" Coming To Okotoks And Lethbridge

OKOTOKS – As part of the IIHF and Hockey Canada’s World Girl’s Hockey Weekend October 9-October 11, Okotoks and Lethbridge will host the Alberta leg of "The Long Game" on October 10.

The 2015 Long Game initiative marks the event’s third straight year, and involves over 2000 female hockey players across the country.

The first game kicks off in Newfoundland at 6 a.m. MT, and the final game will be played in British Columbia at 8 p.m MT.

The four games in Okotoks are part of the tiering weekend for the Rocky Mountain Female Hockey League, and with an additional game in Lethbridge, make up the Alberta leg of the Long Game initiative across Canada.

Game times and locations are as follows:

  • Atom: Olds Grizzlys versus Okotoks Atom – 3 p.m. at the Murray Arena (Okotoks)
  • Peewee: Okotoks PWA vs Red Deer PWA – 4 p.m. at the Piper Arena (Okotoks)
  • Bantam: Okotoks Bantam B vs GHC B2A – 5 p.m. at the Scott Seaman Sports Rink (De Winton)
  • Midget: Olds Grizzlys vs Okotoks 1A – 6:15 p.m. at the Scott Seaman Sports Rink (De Winton)
  • Junior: Lethbridge Eagles vs. Calgary Warriors - 7:00 p.m. at the Henderson Arena (Lethbridge)

To wrap up the day, the Calgary Inferno will take on a team of Okotoks First Responders at 7 p.m. at the Piper Arena in Okotoks.

Click here for more information on The Long Game.

Click here for more information on World Girls Hockey Weekend.

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Jason Kaban


Coach Of The Month - September

The first Hockey Alberta Coach of the Month award for the 2015-2016 hockey season goes to Jason Kaban of Edmonton.

Jason is the head coach of the Millwoods Novice 7A Wolves, his second year in a head coaching role after spending last season at the helm of the Millwoods Blue Sharks in the Initiation program.

"I have seen many coaches on the ice as we share rink time throughout the season," said one of Jason’s assistant coaches, who nominated him for the award. "Coach Jason has stood out from all. He has gone above and beyond in only our first few weeks. He shows positive energy both on and off the ice, constantly praising the kids. He has put in a great deal of time organizing the parents, coaching staff, etc. By doing this he has taken my view of volunteering as something I am doing to spend time with my kids, to a position of wanting to learn more so I may help our players."

"My goal for coaching is to build an environment where every player is striving for their best while having fun," said Jason. "I believe that players develop much faster when they love coming to practice and games. My personal measurement of a successful year is seeing that every player wants to return to play hockey again next season."

For more details on Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month, click here.

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Announcing Team Alberta For The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup

CALGARY – The Western Hockey League, in partnership with Hockey Alberta, BC Hockey, Saskatchewan Hockey Association, Hockey Manitoba and Hockey Canada, announced team rosters, an event schedule, and ticket information for the 2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup on Monday.

This year’s event will take place from October 28-November 1 at the Markin MacPhail Centre (WinSport) in Calgary.

The roster for Team Alberta was announced Monday, along with rosters for British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Click here to view the Team Alberta U16 Male Roster.

Team Alberta won the title at the last Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup held in 2013. Team Alberta’s 2015 roster features one returning player (Ty Smith) from the squad that won a silver medal at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, BC.

The staff for the team includes: Bobby Fox (head coach), Craig Perrett and Bram Stephen (assistant coaches), Matt Keillor (video coach), Derek Purfield (goalie coach), Jamie Porter (head scout), KarynFanstone (athletic therapist), Alexander Le (equipment manager), Barry Medori (coach mentor), and Mike Kraichy (director of operations).

"Our coaching staff is extremely excited about this group of players," said Bobby Fox, head coach of Team Alberta. "There were many difficult decisions, as the depth of talent in Alberta is strong. It will be an honour and a privilege for our entire staff to work with the final 20 players selected to represent team Alberta at the 2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup."

Team Alberta opens against British Columbia on Wednesday, October 28 at 7 p.m. Team Alberta also plays Saskatchewan on Thursday at 3 p.m., and concludes round-robin play on Friday at 7 p.m. against Manitoba. The semi-finals go Saturday afternoon, with bronze and gold-medal games on Sunday.

Click here to view all rosters, schedules and ticket information.

The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup will feature the highest-rated players in the under-16 age category from the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The four-team round robin tournament is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence for players. Additionally, the event assists the four provincial hockey associations in evaluating top prospects for future high performance programs.

The majority of players participating in the event were selected in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft or have since been listed by WHL Clubs. The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup is made possible through financial support provided by the WHL and Hockey Canada.

This year will mark the fifth year of the event, which is held in non-Canada Winter Games years. The first Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup was held in Blackfalds in 2009 and featured four of the top eight players selected in the 2012 NHL Draft. Other events have been hosted in Moose Jaw, SK in 2011, and Calgary in 2012 and 2013.

“The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup provides the top prospects in each province with their first opportunity to compete against the best players in their age group,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “The WHL, together with the four Western Branches and Hockey Canada, are proud to support this first step in the Program of Excellence which will showcase the future stars of the WHL and Canada’s National Teams for the first time.”

Past participants in this event include Matt Dumba (2009), Jake Virtanen (2011), Nick Merkley (2012), and upcoming NHL Draft prospects Tyler Benson, Sam Steel and Kale Clague (2013).

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Registration Open For Alberta Winter Games Zone Camps

Registration is now open for 2003 born male athletes to participate in camps for an opportunity to represent their zone at the 2016 Alberta Winter Games.

The Games will be held in Medicine Hat, February 13-16, 2016.
Eligible athletes to compete in hockey are 2003-born males and 2001-04 born females.
Hockey competition will feature male and female teams representing each of the province’s eight zones. Athletes interested in participating in the Games must register to attend the camp in their zone, from which the roster will be selected to compete at the Games.

MALE DIVISION

Zone camps in the Male Division will be held November 27-29. To determine the zone in which you are located, please click here.

The registration deadline is November 13.

Zone Camp locations: 

Zone 1 (Sunny South): Lethbridge Adams Ice Rink & Labor Club 
Zone 2 (Big Country): Olds Sportsplex
Zone 3 (Calgary): East Calgary Twin Arenas 
Zone 4 (Parkland): Wetaskiwin Civic Centre Twin Arenas
Zone 5 (Yellowhead): Fort Saskatchewan Dow Centennial Center 
Zone 6 (Edmonton): Castledowns Arena
Zone 7 (Northeast): Viking Carena Complex
Zone 8 (Peace Country): Sexsmith Arena 

If you have any questions about male athlete registration, please contact Dustin Moore (dmoore@hockeyalberta.ca).

FEMALE DIVISION

Zone camps in the Female Division will be held December 4-6. To determine the zone in which you are located, please click here.

The registration deadline is November 20.

Zone Camp locations: 

Zone 1 (Sunny South): Lethbridge Labor Club
Zone 2 (Big Country): Trochu Arena
Zone 3 (Calgary): East Calgary Twin Arenas
Zone 4 (Parkland): Wetaskiwin Civic Centre Twin Arenas
Zone 5 (Yellowhead): Morinville Ray MacDonald Sportsplex
Zone 6 (Edmonton): Castledowns Arena
Zone 7 (Northeast): Vermilion Arena
Zone 8 (Peace Country): Clairmont Crosslink County Sportplex

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Team Alberta U18 Female Roster Announced

After an extensive five-month selection process, Hockey Alberta has announced the roster for the Team Alberta U18 Female squad that will compete in Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Championship in Huntsville, Ontario, November 4-8.

For the list of players named to the U18 Female roster, click here.

The roster features five returning players from the Team Alberta squad that won bronze at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, BC.

The staff for the team includes: Scott Rivett (head coach), Dan Auchenberg and Carla MacLeod (assistant coaches), Adam Tresoor (video coach), Amanda Tapp (goalie coach), Farah Mukadam (athletic therapist), Deanna Esch (equipment manager), Heather Osgood (strength and conditioning) and Barry Medori (coach mentor).

“We’re excited about the level of talent on this year’s roster,” said Mike Kraichy, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Team Alberta. “Narrowing down the roster to just 20 players is never easy, but we believe we’ve put together a team that can play well and compete in any situation.”

The National Championship event brings together the top U18 female players from across Canada in an eight-team tournament, featuring teams from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario (Red and Blue), Quebec and Atlantic.

Team Alberta kicks off the National U18 Championship on Wednesday, November 4 against British Columbia, followed by a tilt against Ontario Blue Thursday, November 5. The team concludes preliminary play against Team Atlantic on Friday, November 6.

Prior to the Nationals, the U18 squad will play an exhibition series in Calgary on Saturday, October 17 at 5 p.m. against the Bantam AAA Calgary Royals, and Sunday, October 18 at 11 a.m. against the Bantam AAA Calgary Bisons. Both games will be played at the Kyle Stuart Arena, located at Edge School for Athletes, 33055 Township Road 250 in Calgary.

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Team Alberta Seeking Coaches And Therapists For 2016 Alberta Cup

The Alberta Cup is a core Hockey Alberta Development program, providing players, coaches, therapists, equipment managers, administrators and referees an equal opportunity to discover the great qualities of competitive hockey.

The Alberta Cup begins in March each year with over 700 players trying out at their respective zone camps. There are eight Alberta Cup zones and each player is attempting to land one of 20 spots on each of the eight teams. The eight zone teams compete in the Alberta Cup tournament in April of each year. At the end of the four-month process the Alberta Cup leads to the U16 Male Provincial Camp.

Team Alberta is actively looking for Coaches and Therapists for the 2016 Alberta Cup in Canmore April 27 – May 1, the deadline to apply is November 2, 2015.

To download a coaching application for the Alberta Cup, please click the following lin