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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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Catch some of Canada’s best at the National Women’s Team Fall Festival

RED DEER – Don’t miss your chance to catch some of the top female hockey players in the country at Canada’s National Women’s Team Fall Festival in Calgary.

The 44 players selected will take to the ice on two teams, Red and White, over the seven-day camp that will feature eight games along with practices at the Markin MacPhail Centre.

Tickets for all games featuring National Women’s Team hopefuls and alumnus will be available for purchase at the door for $5.

Three Team Alberta alumnae have been invited to take part in the Fall Festival: goaltenders Emerance Maschmeyer (Bruderheim) and Shannon Szabados (Edmonton), and defender Meaghan Mikkelson (St. Albert).

The full game schedule can be found below:

Thursday, September 15
5:00 p.m. Team Red vs. Midget AAA Flames
8:15 p.m. Team White vs. Midget AAA Royals

Friday, September 16
5:30 p.m. Midget AAA Flames vs. Midget AAA Royals
8:30 p.m. Team White vs. Team Red

Saturday, September 17
12:30 p.m. Team White vs. Midget AAA Flames
3:45 p.m. Team Red vs. Midget AAA Royals

Sunday, September 18
9:00 a.m. Team Red vs. Team White
12:15 p.m. Midget AAA Royals vs. Midget AAA Flames

The Fall Festival serves as an important evaluation opportunity for Canada’s National Women’s Team coaching staff. Following Canada’s National Women’s Team Fall Festival, players will be monitored at the Women’s National Team events, Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team and Development Team events, and international events, such as the 2016 4 Nations Cup in Vierumäki, Finland, as well as with their club teams during the 2016-17 season.

These evaluations will assist coaches and scouts in selecting the team that will represent Canada at the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Plymouth, Mich., March 31 – April 7, 2017.

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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.