Hockey Alberta Foundation

Teammates Helping Teammates - Send your team to see the Calgary Flames!

RED DEER - As the hockey season winds down and your team ponders how to spend its remaining funds, we’re asking you to consider your teammates at the Hockey Alberta Foundation.

The Hockey Alberta Foundation has launched a raffle in support of the Every Kid Every Community Program. There are only 100 tickets available. Tickets are available for $100 each and can be purchased by cash, cheque or credit card by contacting the Hockey Alberta Foundation office.

There are 2 identical grand prizes available:

  • 25 tickets to the Calgary Flames vs LA Kings game on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017.
  • For teams outside Calgary city limits, a Brewster bus providing travel to and from the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Sign Up Form > | Official Raffle Rules >

Tickets are available until March 22, or until all 100 tickets are sold. Draws will take place at 2:00 p.m. MST on March 23 at the Hockey Alberta office.

Buy your ticket today and help us raise $10,000 for the Every Kid Every Community!


About Every Kid Every Community

The Every Kid Every Community program was launched in 2011, with the goal of ensuring a gateway to play hockey for any child in Alberta who is interested in the sport. The goal is to provide every child in Alberta the opportunity to play hockey, have fun and, in many cases, experience the sport for the first time.

Funding through Every Kid Every Community is available to assist amateur sports organizations, minor hockey organizations, youth groups, recreation groups, or any community group with an idea, project or program that helps establish an event or program to get local children active in hockey. Hockey is a great way for kids to be active, healthy and surrounded by positive leaders in their community. Keeping kids active in sport helps reduce childhood obesity, creates a safe and fun environment and forms friendships.

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Alberta girls go global

Two outstanding young Albertans are on their way to take part in the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation’s Global Girls Hockey Game in Toronto.

Samantha Boutin of St. Albert and Jasmine Rodak of Calgary were selected out of more than 25 applicants to attend the international event. Two female hockey players from each province are headed to the Global Game, which will see 37 IIHF member organizations hold events across the globe this weekend.

Boutin is a 14 year-old forward with the St. Albert Bantam A Blades.

“I am so excited to be a part of the Global Girls Hockey Game in Toronto, playing in a game like this gives me the opportunity to meet with other girls from across the country to play a game that we all love,” she said. “Hopefully we can all make some amazing long-lasting friendships as we get to experience this opportunity of a lifetime. Being one of two players selected from the province is a huge honour for me and I can’t wait to represent Hockey Alberta in Toronto.”

“Hockey is my escape from the pressures that come with being a teen today... no social media, no boys, just me and my skates. There is nowhere that I am happier than on the ice with my teammates. My family, my coaches, and the community have made sacrifices for myself and others to be able to play this game.”

In addition to her hockey activities, Boutin is an active volunteer in her community. She helps out at a senior centre and her school, and also helped prepare a meal and serve it at the Mustard Seed in Edmonton.

Rodak, also 14, is currently a goaltender for the Bantam A Hawks in Calgary.

“I am very excited to be a part of the second annual Global Game,” she said. “Hockey to me isn’t just a game, it’s about making lifelong friendships and having fun. Some of my strongest friendships have been made in my early years of Novice and Atom hockey and have continued into Bantam girls hockey. I’ve been so lucky to be playing with such amazing teammates and coaches who have helped me grow and develop my hockey game and life in general. I can’t wait for the amazing experiences and many lifelong memories that I will make at the Global Game 2017.”


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Rodak also believes in giving back to the community, volunteering as a Goalie Mentor for two female goalies in the Crowfoot association in Calgary.


About the Global Game

The Ontario Women’s Hockey Association, in partnership with Hockey Canada and the International Ice Hockey Federation, is hosting the Global Game February 18-19 in Toronto. The Global Game embodies the spirit of enjoyment, teamwork, and collaborating with those from diverse backgrounds. This unique game starts on Saturday and will be played in 28 different countries before being handed off to Canada to play the final segment of the game. A cumulative score is kept across all 28 countries between Team White and Team Blue with a winner being declared after the Canadian portion of the game. The goal this game is to unite all females currently playing hockey as one global family.

Two teams comprised of participants from across Canada will compete for Team White and Team Blue in the Canadian portion of the Global Game. Alberta selected two players - one forward and one goaltender - to represent the province at this event. Participants spend the weekend in Toronto participating in skills clinics, listening to guest speakers, visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame, as well as participating in the main event, the Global Game.


Hockey Alberta is proud to unveil a new section at hockeyalberta.ca. Home Ice Feature stories will focus on interesting stories about the individuals and groups who make a difference within the hockey community in Alberta. If you have a suggestion for a Home Ice Feature story, email info@hockeyalberta.ca.

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Are you ready to be a leader?

RED DEER - An exciting opportunity awaits future coaches across the province, as registration is now open for Hockey Alberta’s Regional Leader Development Program.

The Regional Leader Development Program is aimed to develop and train 1999 and 2000-born Midget level male and female hockey players in the areas of coaching, skill instruction and leadership.

The delegates will be trained and mentored on and off ice through classroom sessions that include: leadership, team building and off-ice LTPD training. Along with classroom sessions, regional leaders will work through the NCCP Coach 2 program and with leave the program with a trained status. Delegates will also receive NCCP Instructional Stream-trained status. The total value of the program is more than $400. During the 2 day RLDP all registrants will be provided with:

• Lunch both days
NCCP Coach 2 Trained Status
NCCP Instructional Stream Trained Status
• Access to the new Hockey Canada Network App
• Coaching starter kit

The program cost is $50 (plus GST), and registration is on a first come, first served basis. Each location is limited to 30 registrants.


Dates & Locations

March 25 & 26
March 25 & 26
April 1 & 2
April 8 & 9
April 8 & 9
April 8 & 9
Calgary Sylvan Lake Lethbridge Edmonton Bonnyville Grande Prairie
Register Register Register Register Register Register

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Team Alberta announces U16 and U18 Head Coaches | Team Alberta seeking Assistant and Video Coaches

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is proud to announce the appointment of Spiros Anastas and Craig Perrett as the Head Coaches of Team Alberta for the 2017U16 Male and U18 Female Programs.

Anastas comes into the head coach position for Team Alberta’s U16 team after winning gold last year at the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup as an assistant coach. He’s served as the Head Coach of the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns (CIS) since 2014, having previously spent time as an assistant coach with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League, and with Western Michigan University and Lebanon Valley College. At the international level, Anastas won gold medals With South Korea at the 2015 IIHF World Championships as the Assistant Coach of the Division I, Group B Men’s National Team, and as the Head Coach of the Division II, Group A Korean U18 team.

Perrett is currently an Assistant Coach with the Mount Royal Cougars Women’s hockey team, and returns to Team Alberta after serving as an Assistant Coach on Team Alberta’s gold medal-winning U16 team in 2015. Perrett has spent many years with the Team Alberta program in various roles, most recently serving as a Coach Mentor at the Alberta Cup and Alberta Winter Games, and will mentor once again at the upcoming Alberta Challenge.

“We’re looking forward to having both Spiros and Craig back with the Team Alberta program,” said Mike Kraichy, manager of Team Alberta. “Both coaches are coming off gold medals in their respective years, and we’re excited to see how they will build off those successes.”

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.


Team Alberta Accepting Assistant and Video Coach Applications

Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for assistant coach and video coach positions with the Team Alberta U16 Male and U18 Female programs.

Both the U16 and U18 programs are seeking two assistant coaches and one video coach for Team Alberta that will compete in the 2017 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup and 2017 National Women’s U18 Championships, respectively.

Team Alberta U16 Coach Application › | Team Alberta U18 Coach Application ›

Applicants must be in good standing with Hockey Canada and/or a member branch, have a strong knowledge base and understanding of systems and strategies. Previous coaching background within the Team Alberta program is considered an asset.

The application deadline for all positions is March 10.

Hockey Alberta Foundation

McLennan, Brown, Strudwick headline EKEC Speaker Series in Lethbridge

LETHBRIDGE – The Hockey Alberta Foundation is excited to announce the next installment in the Every Kid Every Community Speaker Series, set for Saturday, May 13 in Lethbridge, featuring Jamie McLennan, Rob Brown and Jason Strudwick.

The lunch event is in support of the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community Program and the Lethbridge Minor Hockey Association, and will run in conjunction with the Peewee Prospects Cup.

Tickets are $65 each, or $475 for a table of 8. Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. For sponsorship details, click here.

The Hockey Alberta Foundation and Lethbridge Minor Hockey Association would like to thank ATB Investor Services for sponsoring the EKEC Speaker Series, as well as the Guest Speaker Sponsor, ATB Financial.

For ticket or sponsorship information, please contact Tracey Carlson with LHMA at 403-320-0745 or email lmhaprom@telus.net.


Presenter Bios:

Jamie McLennan

The EKEC Speaker Series is a homecoming of sorts for McLennan, who spent three seasons in net for the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL. He went on to play professional hockey for 17 years, including 12 in the NHL for the New York Islanders, St. Louis Blues, Minnesota Wild, Calgary Flames, New York Rangers, and Florida Panthers.

Following his retirement from the NHL, McLennan was named as the director of goaltender development and a professional scout for the Calgary Flames, and later spent time as a Flames Assistant Coach. He’s since turned his attention to his broadcasting career, serving as a full-time Analyst on TSN and a co-host on TSN Radio 1050’s Overdrive, and is a colour commentator for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, while also lending his time to the NHL Network and The Hockey News.


Rob Brown

After highly-successful four year career in the WHL with Kamloops, Brown played professional hockey from 1987-2003, 11 of those in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Hartford Whalers, Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings.

His career highlights include setting the WHL records for assists (136) and points (212) in a season, which led to a WHL MVP award, WHL Top Scorer Award, the inaugural WHL Plus-Minus Award, and the CHL Player of the Year award. The following year, Brown won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 1988 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Brown can now be heard on 630 CHED as an analyst for the Edmonton Oilers, or on Oilers pay-per-view as the colour commentator.


Jason Strudwick

Another former Kamloops Blazer, Strudwick’s 18 year playing career saw him play 14 seasons in the NHL with the New York Islanders, Vancouver Canucks, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, and his hometown Edmonton Oilers. After retiring from professional hockey, Strudwick found his calling as a broadcaster. He’s a frequent contributor on TSN 1260 in Edmonton, in addition to co-hosting Dinner Television on City TV Edmonton.

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Welcome New-to-Hockey families into YOUR Minor Hockey Association!

CALGARY - The Canadian Tire First Shift is pleased to announce the launch of the 2017-2018 application process to become a host Minor Hockey Association for The First Shift program. Minor Hockey Associations are encouraged to review the application criteria and submit an online application.

Application Forms >

The Canadian Tire First Shift Program is designed to ease kids and their families into the sport of hockey in a fun and welcoming environment. It is open to boys and girls ages 6-10 years old, who have never registered to play hockey. The registration fee is $199 for each participant and includes:

  • A Welcome Event - information, education, and an equipment fitting session
  • 6 "learn to play on-ice sessions, implemented by MHA
  • A complete set of Bauer equipment including: Helmet with facemask, neck guard, gloves, jersey & socks, shoulder & elbow pads, pants, skates, shin pads, jock/jill shorts, stick and a bag.

For more program information, visit thefirstshift.ca. Additional questions and inquiries can be sent to thefirstshift@hockeycanada.ca

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Coach of the Month - January

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for January is Joe Bouvier of Clive.

In addition to serving as the Head Coach of the Clive Atom team, Joe is the Assistant Coach of Clive’s Novice and Initiation teams, to go along with his duties as the Vice President and Coach Mentor of the Clive Minor Hockey Association.

Joe has a long history as a player and a coach. Growing up, Joe played minor hockey in Central Alberta and went on to play in the WHL in Saskatchewan. He then moved to New Brunswick for University, where he played CIS hockey. Shortly after University, he moved to Austria to play professional hockey. Joe has been coaching for a total of twelve years at all levels across Canada.

“Joe has a passion for hockey, a skill set for teaching, knowledge of the game, and the skills to demonstrate and understand the process of making kids love and learn the game, and maybe most importantly, Joe believes there is a place in hockey for all kids,” said a fellow coach, who nominated Joe for the award. “He (Joe) is always available for our association’s coaches to ask him questions. And, he understands the game and the kids so well that he can give good guidance to all our coaches on a daily basis. Once a month, he goes on the ice with each of our teams and mentors the coaches by running a skills and drills practice. This gives the coaches age appropriate drills and explanations why to do these drills, as well as what to look for to correct and develop each child. Joe has been a huge role model for all of our players and has helped our Clive kids reach their full potential.”


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

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Hockey Alberta unveils provincial Goaltender Development Plan

RED DEER – The goaltender position has evolved dramatically over the past few decades.

Not only has the equipment changed and improved, so has the coaching, mechanics and mental training associated with the position.

In order to ensure that Alberta’s goaltenders, and their coaches, are properly equipped for the best performance possible in this specialized position, Hockey Alberta has developed a new Provincial Goaltender Development Plan.

“The goaltender position is a unique one in the sport of hockey. In working with coaches and athletes across the province, we have identified the need to better support the overall training and development of goaltenders,” said Justin Fesyk, Senior Management of Development. “Hockey Alberta’s new goaltender development plan focuses on ensuring goalies at all levels have the chance to enjoy the position and the game of hockey to the fullest.”

The Goaltender Development Plan has a multi-pronged approach. One focal point is on developing the knowledge and expertise of coaches, both regionally and within individual associations. The other prong involves providing goaltenders with specialized training opportunities, where they can work with other goalies as well as some of the most experienced goaltender coaches in the province.

The initial stages of the plan are being implemented over the next few months, in preparation for full operation starting in September for the 2017-18 season.

The first step is to identify and recruit six Goaltender Coach Leads who will be strategically located around the province and work as part of Hockey Alberta’s Regional Centre network. Each Regional Goalie Lead will provide leadership and support to minor hockey associations and Regional Centre Consultants in implementing Hockey Alberta’s Goaltending Development Plan throughout their region.

The position outline and application instructions for the Regional Goaltender Lead positions are available on the Hockey Alberta website. Deadline for applications is February 22.

Regional Goaltender Lead Application >

“The Regional Goalie Leads will be the keys to the success of the Goaltender Development Plan,” said Matt Weninger, Regional Centre South Consultant, and a former Junior A and NCAA goaltender. “The Leads will coordinate support to our minor hockey associations, educating coaches, planning practices and camps, supporting MHAs with their goalie evaluation process, and mentoring coaches.”

In addition to selecting the Regional Leads, a number of training weekends are already scheduled for goaltenders, coaches, and development directors.

For goalies, three goaltender camps have been organized - two open to any 2000-2007 born goaltender, and one targeted at elite level goalies:

  • South: May 27-28, Cochrane (led by World Pro Goaltending); Register >
  • North: June 3-4, Edmonton (led by ATC Goaltending); Register >
  • Elite: June 24-25, Sylvan Lake (led by industry experts). Application forms from interested AAA, AA and Female Elite goaltenders will be reviewed, and 18 male and 18 female goalies to participate. Apply >

The big event for coaches and development directors will be June 17-18 at Sylvan Lake, Each Local Minor Hockey Association (LMHA) in Alberta will be able to nominate an individual to attend the Goalie Coach Training Seminar. As well, LMHA development directors will receive training on building a goalie development plan for their own organization. More details on both segments of the Sylvan Lake event will be available in March.

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AFHL January wrap-up

RED DEER – The first month of 2017 has come to a close in the Alberta Female Hockey League, with the St. Albert Slash (Midget AAA) still in the lead, while the Sherwood Park Fury (Midget Elite), and St. Albert Raiders (Bantam Elite) have moved to the top of their respective leagues.


Midget AAA

At the end of January, the Midget AAA standings are:

1) St. Albert Slash (57 pts)
2) Rocky Mountain Raiders (42 pts)
3) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (28 pts)
4) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (26 pts)
5) Edmonton Pandas (24 pts)
6) Calgary Fire (21 pts)

St Albert’s first year forward Madison Willan continues to lead all skaters in goals (17), assists (18) and points (35), with her teammates Cassidy Maplethorpe and Tyra Meropoulis right behind her in total points with 31 and 28, respectively.

Four goaltenders sit tied atop the league with a save percentage of .940; St. Albert’s Brianna Sank, Calgary’s Katie Crowther, Red Deer’s Chantelle Sandquist and Lloydminster’s Bella McKee. Sank boosts the top goals against average with 1.31 and three shutouts on the season while her counterpart in St Albert, Camryn Drever, leads the way with 11 wins.

Midget AAA Leaderboard >


Midget Elite

Things still remain tight in the hunt for the Midget Elite regular season title as three points separate the top three teams in the South. The Midget Elite standings at the end of January are:

North Division:
1) Sherwood Park Fury (46 pts)
2) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (42 pts)
3) Edmonton Pandas (25 pts)
4) St. Albert Sharks (19 pts)
5) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (10 pts)
6) North Central Impact (7 pts)

South Division:
1) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (42 pts)
2) Calgary Fire White (41 pts)
3) Calgary Fire Red (39 pts)
4) Airdrie Lightning (27 pts)
5) Rocky Mountain Raiders (17 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (9 pts)

Red Deer’s Danica Polson leads all skaters in points (22) and goals (17) as January comes to a close, while Calgary Fire White’s Sydeny Spicer holds the lead in assists with 11.

Red Deer’s Jayda Thompson of Red Deer continues to lead the way for goaltenders with a .75 goals against average, while also boasting a .960 save percentage and seven wins on the season. Sherwood Park’s Sara McNamara also sports a .960 save percentage and sits tied with Thompson for the league lead, while Peace Country’s Paige Jassman continues to lead in wins and shutouts, with 12 and six, respectively

Midget Elite Leaderboard >

The inaugural AFHL All Star Game was hosted in Penhold, Alberta on January 14, 2017. A full recap and list of participants can be seen here.


Bantam Elite

The Bantam Elite standings heading into February are:

North Division:

1) St. Albert Raiders (50 pts)
2) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (43 pts)
3) Sherwood Park Royals (39 pts)
4) Edmonton Pandas (27 pts)
5) North Central Impact (22 pts)
6) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (7 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (45 pts)
2) Olds Grizzlys (42 pts)
3) Lethbridge Cyclones (24 pts)
4) Calgary Fire Red (20 pts)
5) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (16 pts)
6) Rocky Mountain Raiders (13 pts)

OldsSarah Wozniewicz heads into February the league-leader in goals (23) and points (28). Sherwood Parks’ Vanessa Verbitsky is not far behind with 25 points, and leads the league with 15 assists.

St. Albert’s Holly Borrett and OldsJocelynn Pearce continue to lead the way with 0.960 save percentages and .68 and .89 goals against averages, respectively. Borrett’s counterpart in St. Albert, Elle Boyko, remains the league-leader wins with seven.

Bantam Elite Leaderboard >

The inaugural AFHL All Star Game was hosted in Strathmore, Alberta on January 14, 2017. A full recap and list of participants can be seen here.


Outside of the rink, many of our AFHL Teams participated in the inaugural Alberta Hockey Day. The focus and theme was on the introduction, development and celebration of female hockey. Thank you to our AFHL members Calgary, Lloydminster and Leduc (North Central) for participating and helping spread the message of #WhyWePlay.

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Register Now: Spring Development Program - Calgary

RED DEER - Hockey Canada, in partnership with Hockey Alberta, is pleased to announce the registration for the 2017 Spring Development Program. This program is available for Initiation through to Midget-aged hockey players.

This ten week program will run in Calgary, at the Winsport complex, and at Great Plains Arena, from April 3rd until June 11th (dates subject to change).

This Spring Development Program is a multisport training and hockey skill development program. Each on-ice session is paired with an off-ice athletic development session. Multisport training includes: basketball, lacrosse, floorball, soccer, football, physical literacy, and more.

Athletes will receive:

  • 16-20 on-ice skill development sessions run by Hockey Canada trained instructors
  • 16-20 off-ice athletic development sessions
  • 4-6 game ice times (scrimmages)
  • 1 on-ice tournament with the option to participate in a second tournament as well

Register:

INITIATION

Cost: $600

Register

NOVICE

Cost: $900

Register

ATOM

Cost: $1,000

Register

PEEWEE

Cost: $1,100

Register

BANTAM

Cost: $1,200

Register

MIDGET

Cost: $1,200

Register


*Please note - there are fewer sessions for initiation age group players.

All on-ice skill sessions are individual skill based. Efforts will be made to group players of similar skill sets into the same sessions to promote optimal player growth and foster teaching opportunities. Goaltender specific instruction/mentorship is included in every session.


For questions and more information, or if you are interested in registering a large group or team for this program, please contact Ross Maclean at Hockey Canada (403-777-3615).

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WHL Game Day Speaker Series - Medicine Hat Tigers

MEDICINE HAT - Hockey Alberta is proud to partner with the Western Hockey League to present another installment of the WHL Game Day Speaker Series with the Medicine Hat Tigers on Wednesday, February 15.

This seminar is open to all local minor hockey coaches registered with Hockey Alberta. The seminar will allow for coaches to attend a Medicine Hat Tigers home game, where participants will get a behind-the-scenes experience to talk and learn from WHL coaches. With both practical and theoretical learning experiences, this is a great educational opportunity for coaches.

The seminar costs $50 per coach, and includes:

  • Tigers game ticket
  • One drink voucher
  • Pre-game appetizers
  • Souvenir Medicine Hat Tigers hat
  • Coach resource package from Hockey Alberta

Register >

The seminar takes place at the home of the Tigers, the Canalta Centre, and feature a pre-game presentation from Hockey Alberta, a visit from Victoria Royals’ Head Coach, Dave Lowry, a ticket to watch the Tigers game, and a Q&A session after the game with members of the Medicine Hat Tigers coaching staff.

The seminar has a maximum capacity of 30 participants, and registration is on a first come, first serve basis.


Date: Wednesday, February 15 vs Victoria
Visiting team presenter: Dave Lowry, Royals Head Coach


Coach Bios

Shaun Clouston

Shaun is in his 14th season with the Medicine Hat Tigers. He has been the Head Coach for seven seasons, and the General Manager for five seasons.

He has also been the Assistant Coach for Team Canada’s U18 squad at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament, and was the Head Coach for Team Canada at the U18 World Championships.

Dave Lowry

Dave has been the Head Coach of the Victoria Royals for the past 5 seasons. Last season, Dave won the Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy as the WHL Coach of the Year. He was also the Head Coach of Team Canada at the 2016 World Junior Championships and was an assistant at the 2015 World Junior Championships (winning gold).

Prior to his coaching career Dave played in 1084 NHL games with Vancouver, St. Louis, Florida, San Jose and Calgary.


For more information, please contact Matt Weninger, Consultant, Regional Centre South

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Midget Elite South, Bantam Elite North win inaugural AFHL All-Star Games

RED DEER/STRATHMORE – The inaugural Alberta Female Hockey League All-Star celebrations were a huge success, with the Midget Elite South and Bantam Elite North teams coming out on top in their respective games.


In the Midget Elite All-Star game, which was hosted in Red Deer, the South team used a three-goal second period to defeat the North team 5-1, with five different players (Shaelynne Bilodeau, Paige Koochin, Rebecca Toney, Brooklyn Palmer and Hannah Chase) lighting the lamp for the South. Payden Bialowas scored the lone marker for the North.

Gabriella Durante, Jenna Patrician and Jayda Thompson each spent a period in goal for the South, while Natasha Borrett, Rebecca Bridge and Sara McNamara shared duties for the North.

AFHL Midget Elite All-Star Rosters >


In Strathmore for the Bantam Elite All-Star Game, the North edged the South in an exciting 1-0 contest. Justine Brady scored the lone goal of the game for the North, with Holly Borett, Elle Boyko and Molly Mitchell all combining for the shutout win. Jessica Flegel and Jocelynn Pearce split time in goal for the South.

AFHL Bantam Elite All-Star Rosters >


Click below for photos from the AFHL All-Star Games:

Photo Gallery >

The Alberta Female Hockey League would like to thank all the parents, players and coaches for making the AFHL All-Star games such a success. The AFHL would also like to thank all of the event sponsors: ATB Financial Strathmore, Canadian Tire, Longball Inc, Stantec, and Looker Office Furniture.

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Nominate your coach as Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month

RED DEER - Nominate a coach who makes a difference in your community as Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month, and they could win a special NHL Coach’s Night Out!

This season, Hockey Alberta - in collaboration with the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers - will be selecting two deserving coaches, who will each win an NHL Coach’s Night Out package.

Each package includes four tickets to a game, an apparel package, and food and beverage vouchers. Every coach who has been nominated this season is eligible to win!

Nominations for this season will be accepted until March 14.

Click here for more information on Coach of the Month.

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2017 Peewee Prospects Cup Regional Camp registration now open

RED DEER - Registration is now open for 2004-born male athletes to take part in regional selection camps for the 2017 Peewee Prospects Cup. Hockey Alberta is also pleased to announce the staff for each of the eight teams competing in the Peewee Prospects Cup.

The 2017 Peewee Prospect Cup runs May 10-14, 2017 in Lethbridge.

All four regional camps will take place April 6-9, 2017 at the following locations (dates and locations subject to change):

Calgary - East Calgary Twin Arenas
Capital - Leduc Recreation Centre
North - Glenn Hall Centennial Arena (Stony Plain)
South - Olds Sportsplex

Register >

Not sure of your zone? Click here for the Peewee Prospects Cup Directory, or click here for the Peewee Prospects Cup Boundary Map.

Space at each Regional Camp is limited, and registration is on a first come, first served basis. The deadline to register for a Regional Camp is Friday, March 17.

*Each camp has limited space for goaltenders.*


Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the staff for each team competing in the 2017 Peewee Prospects Cup. A Director of Operations, Coach Mentor, Head Coach, and two Assistant Coaches were selected for each of the eight regional teams.

2017 Team Staff >


About the Peewee Prospects Cup

The Hockey Alberta Peewee Prospects Cup program is the start of the Hockey Alberta Development program and will be held in off years of the Alberta Winter Games.

The Peewee Prospects Cup provides second-year peewee athletes, coaches, trainers and administrators an opportunity to discover the qualities of competitive hockey in a well-organized regional camp and select team competition. Athletes eligible for the Hockey Alberta Peewee Prospects Cup are male athletes that were born in 2004.

The Peewee Prospects Cup begins with four regional camps designed to allow athletes, coaches and trainers to show their skills and receive top-level instruction and evaluation. The top 40 athletes from each regional camp (two teams from each camp), six coaches, two coach mentors and two directors of operations will be selected to participate in the Hockey Alberta Peewee Prospects Cup competition.

For more information on the Peewee Prospects Cup, click here.


For more information, please contact Dustin Moore, Coordinator, Team Alberta.

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Hockey Alberta 2017 Zone Playdown draws set

RED DEER - The road to the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, has officially begun 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 16, click here for a list of Provincial hosts and dates.

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Alberta well represented in NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings

RED DEER – NHL Central Scouting has released its midterm rankings for the 2017 NHL draft, with 24 Albertans on the list.

Cale Makar (Brooks Bandits, AJHL) is the highest-ranked Albertan, coming it at number 10. Jaret-Anderson Dolan (Spokane Chiefs, WHL) and Ian Mitchell (Spruce Grove Saints, AJHL) also cracked the top 50, sitting at number 40 and 45, respectively.

A total of 19 Albertans made NHL Central Scouting’s list of top-ranked North American skaters, while three netminders are among the top 31 North American goaltenders, with Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders, WHL) leading the way as the second highest-ranked goaltender.

The full list of Albertans appearing in the NHL Central Scouting midterm rankings can be found below:

North American Skaters

Midterm Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
10 Cale Makar Defenceman Brooks Bandits AJHL
40 Jaret Anderson-Dolan Center Spokane Chiefs WHL
45 Ian Mitchell Defenceman Spruce Grove Saints AJHL
58 Kyle Olson Right Wing Tri-City Americans WHL
63 Mason Shaw Center Medicine Hat Tigers WHL
70 Lane Zablocki Right Wing Red Deer Rebels WHL
87 Ryan Peckford Left Wing Victoria Royals WHL
110 Dylan Plouffe Defenceman Vancouver Giants WHL
120 Brayden Gorda Defenceman Edmonton Oil Kings WHL
129 Kale Howarth Left Wing Trail Smoke Eaters BCHL
130 Brett Leason Center Tri-City Americans WHL
134 Matthew Wedman Center Seattle Thunderbirds WHL
138 Tyler Steenbergen Center Swift Current Broncos WHL
141 Ethan Mcindoe Left Wing Spokane Chiefs WHL
152 Zackary Hayes Defenceman Prince Albert Raiders WHL
163 Josh Patterson Center Saskatoon Blades WHL
175 Brayden Burke Left Wing Moose Jaw Warriors WHL
177 Ryan Hughes Center Portland Winterhawks WHL
212 Brinson Pasichnuk Defenceman Arizona State ACHA
213 Jarrod Gourley Defenceman Spruce Grove Saints AJHL

North American Goalies

Midterm Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
2 Ian Scott Goalie Prince Albert Raiders WHL
9 Stuart Skinner Goalie Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL
24 Matthew Murray Goalie Fargo USHL
31 Dawson Weatherill Goalie Spokane Chiefs WHL

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ParticipACTION 150 Playlist – A celebration of hockey

CALGARY – Hockey Canada is inviting all Canadians to celebrate hockey on Saturday, January 28, in conjunction with ParticipACTION.

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, ParticipACTION created the ParticipACTION 150 Play List – the ultimate list of activities that define us as Canadians! The top 150 activities – across sport, recreation and the activities of daily life – have been selected by Canadians and highlighted throughout this initiative across the country to show how physical activity is part of what it means to be Canadian.

Saturday, January 28 has been set aside to celebrate #99 on the ParticipACTION 150 Play List - the sport of hockey. In collaboration with ParticipACTION, Hockey Canada invites all Canadians to celebrate hockey in all its forms and post their photos on social media; whether you enjoy pond hockey, sledge hockey, street hockey, mini-stick hockey, floorball – show Canada through social media by using the following hashtags: #150PlayList and #HockeyCanada.

In addition, during the week of January 23-29, Hockey Canada invites coaches and managers of Minor Hockey Teams across the country to participate in a voluntary ‘’Bring a Friend to the Rink’’ campaign for kids of Atom ages or younger. Teams with flexibility to run this initiative are supported by Hockey Canada, with the following minimum equipment mandatory: helmet and full-face mask, neck guard, gloves and skates.

Minor Hockey Teams interested in hosting a ‘’Bring a Friend to the Rink’’ event can obtain the necessary information, including a fun Hockey Canada / ParticpACTION 150 on-ice practice plan here.

Let’s all be active and participate in Canada’s national winter sport!

If you have any questions, please email tryhockey@hockeycanada.ca

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2018 Alberta Cup bid guideline and application package now available

RED DEER – The deadline to submit a bid application to host the 2018 Alberta Cup is February 1.

2018 Alberta Cup Bid Guidelines Package >

The Alberta Cup is the premier event in the province that helps identify the top bantam-aged players in Alberta. In addition to player evaluations, the competition is also an opportunity for administrators, coaches, athletic trainers and officials to be evaluated for future positions within the Team Alberta Program.

The event has a positive economic impact on the host community, providing a great opportunity to generate revenue for local organizations while enhancing the profile of the host community.

For more information, please contact Danielle Kraichy, Manager, Marketing and Events.

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2017 Alberta Challenge Regional Camp registration now open

RED DEER - Registration is now open for 2002 and 2003-born female athletes to take part in regional selection camps for the 2017 Alberta Challenge. Hockey Alberta is also pleased to announce the staff for each of the six teams competing in the Alberta Challenge.

The 2017 Alberta Challenge runs May 3-7 in Olds.

The North Regional Camp runs April 7-9 in Fort Saskatchewan, while the South Regional Camp runs April 14-16 in Olds (dates and locations subject to change).

Register for North Regional Camp > | Register for South Regional Camp >

Not sure of your region? Click here for the Alberta Challenge Boundaries.

Space at each Regional Camp is limited, and registration is on a first come, first served basis. The deadline to register for a Regional Camp is Friday, March 17.

*Each camp has limited space for goaltenders.*


Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the staff for each team competing in the 2017 Alberta Challenge. A Director of Operations, Coach Mentor, Head Coach, Two Assistant Coaches, and one Trainer were selected for each of the six regional teams.

2017 Team Staff >


About the Alberta Challenge

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 Alberta Challenge process begins in April, with players trying out at their respective regional camps. 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 in May.

The Alberta Challenge aids in the preparation, evaluation and identification of potential players for Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta program, and is a grassroots program.Through the camps, the players are able to measure themselves against other players of the same age and receive instruction from some of the best coaches in the province. For those selected to the regional teams, the Alberta Challenge is a taste of top level competition.

Click here for more information on the 2017 Alberta Challenge.


For more information, contact Mathieu Provencher, Coordinator, Team Alberta Female.

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Piper Creek Optimist Club President Kevin Walsh (left) presented Hockey Alberta Foundation Executive Director Tim Leer with a cheque for $20,000 for the Every Kid Every Community program.


Piper Creek Optimists’ Battle of Alberta brings in $20,000 for EKEC

RED DEER – The Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer’s Battle of Alberta fundraiser for the Every Kid Every Community program was a major success, with $20,000 going to the Hockey Alberta Foundation.

The event was held Saturday, January 7 at Bo’s Bar and Grill in Red Deer, with Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames fans gathering for a night of hockey, stories, and a chance to win tickets to see the Battle of Alberta in Edmonton on January 14, and in Calgary on January 21.

The night was hosted by Hockey Alberta Foundation Board Member and Afternoon Host on Sportsnet 960 The Fan, Rob Kerr. Special guests Curtis Glencross and Mike Moller were also in attendance, and treated the crowd to a story-telling hot stove, swapping their favourite Battle of Alberta stories.


From left: Mike Moller, Rob Kerr and Curtis Glencross

“We are very humbled by the support the Hockey Alberta Foundation received at the Battle of Alberta fundraiser, both from those in attendance, and all of the sponsors who stepped up for this event,” said Tim Leer, Executive Director of the Hockey Alberta Foundation. “The Piper Creek Optimist Club put on an excellent event in support of Every Kid Every Community, and we are truly thankful to be chosen as the beneficiary.”

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the success of this event” said Kevin Walsh, President of the Piper Creek Optimist Club. “We’re very proud to support the Hockey Alberta Foundation and the Every Kid Every Community Program, knowing this money will go towards growing the game of hockey in Central Alberta, and we look forward to continuing this partnership in the future.”

Rayna Becker came away with the grand prize of four tickets to see the Oilers and Flames play on January 14, with a tour of Rogers Place (both donated by the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation), with a limo ride to the game from Red Deer and back, while Sam Dolan won the other grand prize of four tickets to see the Flames and Oilers play on January 21, with dinner on the club level of the Scotiabank Saddledome (both donated by the Calgary Flames Foundation), and a limo ride to the game from Red Deer and back.

The Hockey Alberta Foundation would like to thank all of the generous sponsors of this event: the Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer, Bo’s Bar and Grill, Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, Calgary Flames Foundation, ATB Financial, WestJet, Molson Coors Brewing Company, Calgary Hitmen, Red Deer Rebels, McCaw’s Drilling & Blasting Ltd, Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club, Longball Inc, Your Wedding Place, Sheraton-Red Deer, Famoso Red Deer, RYDE RD, Troubled Monk Brewery, Situation Brewing, Village Brewery, Boiling Oar Brewing Company, Alley Kat, Toolshed Brewing, Blindman Brewing, and The Dandy Brewing Company.

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2017 Alberta Cup Zone Camp registration now open

RED DEER - Registration is now open for 2002-born male athletes to take part in zone selection camps for the 2017 Alberta Cup. Hockey Alberta is also pleased to announce the staff for each of the eight teams competing in the Alberta Cup.

The 2017 Alberta Cup runs April 26-30 in Canmore.

All seven zone camps will take place March 24-26 at the following locations (dates and locations subject to change):

Calgary North and South - East Calgary Twin Arenas
Central - Blackfalds Multiplex
Edmonton - Leduc Recreation Centre
Northeast - Vegreville Recreation Centre
Northwest - Grant Fuhr/Stu Barnes Arena (Spruce Grove)
South - Family Recreation Centre (Strathmore)

Register >

Not sure of your zone? Click here for the Alberta Cup Zone Directory, or click here for the Alberta Cup Zone Boundaries.

Space at each Zone Camp is limited, and registration is on a first come, first served basis. The deadline to register for a Zone Camp is Friday, March 3.

Each camp has limited space for goaltenders.


Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the staff for each team competing in the 2017 Alberta Cup. A Director of Operations, Coach Mentor, Head Coach, two Assistant Coaches, and one Trainer were selected for each of the eight zone teams.

2017 Team Staff >


The Alberta Cup aids in the preparation, evaluation and identification of potential players for Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta program, with more than 700 players annually trying out for 160 spots (20 positions on each of the eight zone teams).

The Alberta Cup is a comprehensive and unique program, and an absolute grassroots program where every bantam-aged player, regardless of experience or community size, has the opportunity to try out for his Zone team.

In addition to player development, the Alberta Cup also features opportunities for administrators, referees, coaches, therapists and equipment managers to be identified for potential positions at higher level events, such as the World U17 Hockey Challenge and Canada Winter Games.

Click here for more information on the 2017 Alberta Cup.

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AJHL Game Day Speaker Series - Fort McMurray Oil Barons

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is proud to partner with the Alberta Junior Hockey League and the Fort McMurray Oil Barons to present the AJHL Game Day Speaker Series for local coaches.

The Speaker Series features a game-day seminar session, with each session offering a unique professional development opportunity to learn from high profile junior coaches - as well as a chance to catch the Fort McMurray Oil Barons in action.

The Seminar will take place at the Casman Centre in Fort McMurray. There are only 30 seats available for the seminar, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is $40 (plus GST) per coach, and includes the following ($200 value):

  • Presentation from Hockey Alberta led by Coach Mentor Fran Gow
  • Pre- and post-game contributions from the coaches for both AJHL teams (Whitecourt Wolverines & Fort McMurray Oil Barons)
  • Food/drink voucher
  • A ticket to the game
  • Hockey Alberta resource package, Hockey Alberta gift

Date: Thursday February 16, 2017 at Casman Centre.

Register >

For more information, please contact Mike Applegate, Consultant, Hockey Alberta Regional Centre Northwest.

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Hockey Alberta’s Coach Development Speaker Nights return to Calgary and Edmonton

CALGARY/EDMONTON – Hockey Alberta is pleased to bring back the very popular Coach Development Speaker Nights to Calgary and Edmonton in January.

Calgary’s Speaker Night in on January 16 at Mount Royal University, with Edmonton’s Speaker Night on January 17 at the Radisson Hotel and Convention Centre.

Hockey Alberta’s Coach Development Speaker Nights offer minor hockey coaches a unique opportunity to learn from some of the most successful coaches in the province.

Each seminar costs $20 (plus GST), and includes a delegate gift, snacks and beverages. Registration is on a first come, first served basis.


CALGARY:

Date: Monday, January 16
Time: 5:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Mount Royal University – Ross Glen Hall (4825 Mt Royal Gate SW)

Presenters:

Dave Cameron – Q & A Session
Assistant Coach, Calgary Flames
Eight years coaching in the NHL, silver medal as the HC of Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

Ken Babey – Game and Bench Management
Head Coach, Canada’s National Sledge Team
Nine ACAC Conference Championship appearances with the SAIT Trojans

Bert Gilling – Practicing With a Purpose
Head Coach, Mount Royal University Men’s Hockey
Two-time Canada West Coach of the Year.

Fran Gow – Breaking Down Skill through Small Area Games
Coach Mentor, Hockey Alberta / Vice President, Hockey Operations, Alberta Junior Hockey League
Three AJHL Titles, one Doyle Cup, one RBC Cup National Championship in 18 years with the AJHL

Register >


EDMONTON:

Date: Tuesday, January 17
Time: 5:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Radisson Hotel and Convention Centre (4520 76 Ave NW)

Presenters:

Ian Herbers – Offensive Team Play
Assistant Coach, Edmonton Oilers
Three-time Canada West champion, two-time CIS National Champion with U of A Golden Bears

Steve Hamilton – Coaching the Right Way
Head Coach, Edmonton Oil Kings
Three-time AJHL Coach of the Year

Tim FragleGetting the Most Out of Practice
Head Coach, NAIT Ooks Men’s Hockey
2015 World Junior A Challenge Gold Medal with Canada West (Head Coach)

Register >


*Please note - refunds will not be available for this event.*

For more information, please contact Holly Kobzey, Coordinator, Hockey Development

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Head Coach of the Calgary Bantam Elite Fire Red, Kelsey Leifson (bottom right) celebrates a Wickfest championship with her team.


Coach of the Month - December

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for December is Kelsey Leifson, head coach of the Calgary Bantam Elite Fire Red. Kelsey had an overwhelming amount of support for this award.

Kelsey comes from a small town in Saskatchewan and recalls her favorite memories coming from the rink after school. Playing hockey from the age of six all the way until her last year of University, Kelsey’s passion for the game has since shifted into the coaching side of the sport. When Kelsey moved to Calgary, she started working with the MRU Cougars hockey team from 2014-2016, and this year took over the head coaching role for the AFHL’s Calgary Bantam Elite Fire Red team.

Kelsey’s coaching philosophy comes from her experience with hockey. “The life experiences and friendships I have gained through the game are impossible to replace and I believe in providing the players I coach with the same opportunities," she said. "I want my players to understand the importance of respect, accountability, and individuality as ultimately it is each individuals strength who bring success to the team together.”

Many of Kelsey’s players and parents from the team had wonderful things to say about their coach.

“I think my coach deserves this award because she stepped up for our team when we were in need. She’s not only there to make us better hockey players, but also better people,” said a player of Kelsey’s.

“Kelsey is an excellent role model for Female hockey players because she gets what it mean to be a female hockey player and she takes interest in every individual player," said another player of Kelsey’s. "Coach Kelsey encourages us to be confident in ourselves so we can work together on the ice.”

“She (Kelsey) has brought a positive infectious attitude to the team that the players are feeding off of every day. She has shown a passion for developing the total athlete both on and off the ice and has created an environment where every athlete is free to be the best they can be,” said a team parent.

“I truly admire her (Kelsey) and hope to grow to be like her one day she is, confident, strong, athletic, beautiful, and so smart. I’ve very glad that my coach has recreated an environment that I am proud to be a part of, and I’m so happy to have her as a coach,” said a third player, who also nominated Kelsey for the award.

December’s Coach of the Month winner was selected from a pool of female coach nominations, in anticipation of Alberta Hockey Day on January 21. To learn more about Alberta Hockey Day, click here.


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

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AJHL Game Day Speaker Series - Grande Prairie Storm

GRANDE PRAIRIE - Hockey Alberta is proud to partner with the Alberta Junior Hockey League and the Grande Prairie Storm to present the AJHL Game Day Speaker Series for local coaches.

The Speaker Series runs on Friday, February 10, and features a game-day seminar session, offering a unique professional development opportunity to learn from high profile junior coaches - as well as a chance to catch the Grande Prairie Storm in action.

The Seminar will take place at Revolution Place in Grande Prairie. There are only 20 seats available for the seminar, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is $40 (plus GST) per coach, and includes the following ($200 value):

  • Presentation from Hockey Alberta led by Coach Mentor Fran Gow
  • Pre- and post-game contributions from the coaches for both AJHL teams
  • Food/drink voucher
  • A ticket to the game
  • Hockey Alberta resource package, Hockey Alberta gift

Register >

For more information, please contact Blake Cosgrove, Consultant, Hockey Alberta Regional Centre Northwest.

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More than a game: #PassItForward

CALGARY – For Canadian hockey fans, it truly is the most wonderful time of the year; between the World Juniors in Montreal and Toronto, Team Canada around the world, and minor hockey tournaments across the country – not to mention family games on the backyard rinks – hockey options abound.

Hockey Canada is giving Canadians one more way to take part in Canada’s game with the endless pass. And the best part is, all ages and skill-levels can take part.

The initiative, which leverages social media channels, is part of the #PassItForward campaign celebrating the positive impact hockey has on its participants and fans.

“At the root of this campaign is a reminder of what hockey brings to the lives of Canadians from all walks of life, and the overwhelming answers have nothing to do with on-ice skills,” said Tom Renney, president and CEO, Hockey Canada. “Hockey should be about fun, teamwork, being active and healthy, and building those key characteristics that make us great citizens. PassItForward highlights what hockey is to Canadians, and encourages everyone to take part in talking about our great game.”

Celebrities from national team players such as Mélodie Daoust, Greg Westlake, and Patrice Bergeron to Hollywood A-lister Michael J. Fox are part of the television spots which see Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life take a pass and #PassItForward as they talk about how they have developed through hockey. The spots will air in French and English on a number of networks, including Hockey Canada’s broadcast partners TSN and RDS.

Canadians can upload their own videos and see them added to the piece by visiting HockeyCanada.ca/PassItForward.

To kick-start the campaign, Hockey Canada is inviting Canadians to take to their social media networks on Dec. 31 to take part in the endless pass. The concept is simple – participants are asked to post a video or simply write out what hockey did for them using the campaign hashtag, and #PassItForward by tagging a teammate, friend, or family member.

“We want to close out 2016 with a celebration of hockey and what it means to be Canadian,” said Renney. “It’s easy to take for granted the role hockey and organized sport plays in the development of life skills. This campaign is a celebration of that, and we hope it also encourages Canadians to get involved in our great game – as a fan, participant, or volunteer.”

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Hockey Alberta’s Top Moments of 2016

RED DEER – As 2016 comes to a close, Hockey Alberta looks back on the year that was with some of our favourite moments (in no particular order).


New look(s) for Hockey Alberta

2016 started off with a bang for Hockey Alberta, as our newly re-designed website (hockeyalberta.ca) launched at the end of January after more than six months of work.

Click here for the full story.

In fact, it was a very busy year on the technology front, with the unveiling of the new Provincial Championships sites (haprovincials.ca), the Alberta Cup site (abcup.ca), and the transition of the Hockey Alberta Foundation website (hockeyalbertafoundation.ca) back to the Hockey Alberta platform.

Then, in August, Hockey Alberta proudly announced a new visual identity, unveiling a new logo that combines a number of elements that focus on how to best represent hockey in Alberta.

Click here for the full story.


Team Alberta finds the podium

2016 was another successful year for Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta program, with medals in three different inter-provincial events.

Team Alberta U16 Male continued its winning ways at the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup in October, earning its third-straight gold medal, and fifth in the tournament’s six-year history. Click here for the full story.

Team Alberta North came out of the 2016 Arctic Winter Games in March with a gold medal on the male side, and a silver medal on the female. Click here for the full story.

At the Alberta Winter Games in Medicine Hat in February, it was Zone 6 Male (Edmonton) and Zone 5 Female (Yellowhead/Blackgold) skating away with gold medals, proving to be the best in the province. Click here for the full story.


The March to a title

The 2016 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, saw 39 different battles for provincial supremacy from Atom to Senior. Provincials were hosted across the Alberta as far north as High Level, and as far south as Taber. The annual “March to a title” is always a high point for minor hockey across Alberta, and 2016 marked the first year with ATB Financial as presenting sponsor.

Click here for a list of the 2016 Provincial champions.


30 years of the Alberta Cup

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 to capture the 2016 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, a story-book ending to the celebration of 30 years of the Alberta Cup.

Click here for the full story.


Alberta’s players and officials continue to excel

2016 was a banner year for Alberta players and officials, achieving a number of accolades and recognition.

For the first time since 1993, Alberta players were selected 1-2-3 in the WHL Bantam Draft. Peyton Krebs of Okotoks was taken first overall by the Kootenay Ice, with Fort Saskatchewan native Kirby Dach and Cochrane’s Bowen Byram going second and third to the Saskatoon Blades and Vancouver Giants, respectively. In total, 73 players from Alberta were selected in the 2016 draft. Click here for the full story.

At the 2016 NHL draft, 16 Albertans heard their names called by an NHL team. Jake Bean was the highest-drafted Albertan, going 13th overall to the Carolina Hurricanes. Team Alberta alumnus Sam Steel also went in the first round, as the Anaheim Ducks selected him with the 30th pick. Click here for the full story.

Alberta’s officials were assigned to numerous high-profile events throughout 2016. In March, 12 Alberta officials were assigned to the Western Canada Bantam Championships in Okotoks. In April, six Alberta officials were assigned to the RBC Cup in Lloydminster, and in November, five Alberta officials were assigned to the World Junior A Challenge in Bonnyville.


“Do what’s best for the children in your Minor Hockey Association”

At Hockey Alberta’s Hockey Conference and Annual General Meeting in June, keynote speaker, Dr. Stephen Norris, delivered a powerful message about doing what’s best for children in minor hockey. 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, Chief Executive Officer, Hockey Alberta.

Click here for the full story.


Hockey Alberta’s inaugural Coaches Conference

Hockey Alberta’s inaugural Coaches Conference saw over 80 minor hockey coaches from across Alberta come together in Calgary for two days presentations from 17 of the top minds in hockey. Presenters included Hockey Canada coaching legend Mel Davidson, Medicine Hat Tigers Coach and General Manager Shaun Clouston, Hockey Alberta Coach Mentors Barry Medori and Fran Gow, and Finnish Ice Hockey Association Regional Coach Kalle Valiaho.

Click here for the full story.


Albertans get the call to The Hall

Five outstanding individuals and one team were enshrined in the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in July, including former Boston Bruins legend and Hockey Hall of Fame member Johnny Bucyk.

Joining Bucyk in the class of 2016 was 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. Click here for the full story.

In February, Female Hockey Builder Shirley Cameron was inducted 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, coach and builder from the early 1970s until her retirement from the game in 2006. Click here for the full story.


Continued growth of the Initiation Program

Hockey Alberta’s Initiation Program continued to grow in 2016, with enhanced focus on our game’s youngest players.

A partnership with Pembina Pipeline Corporation offered a special grant to Minor Hockey Associations to obtain a full set of foam rink dividers, or fundraising towards a set of puck board rink dividers. The response was overwhelming, with nearly 60 minor hockey associations across Alberta applying to receive ice dividers. And Pembina responded by ensuring that every eligible applicant had a set of divider boards in place for the 2016-17 season. Click here for the full story.

In August, Hockey Alberta partnered with Powerscout Hockey and St. Albert Minor Hockey to conduct a study on the effectiveness of smaller ice surfaces in skill development. Results reinforced that using a smaller ice surface at the Initiation level helps in the overall positive development of skating skills and skating acceleration for our youngest players, thereby better preparing them for when they are old enough to move to higher levels of hockey. To read more about the findings from this study, click here.


The Alberta Female Hockey League kicks off its inaugural season

As part of the implementation of Hockey Alberta’s new female hockey model, the Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL) was created, and its inaugural season kicked off in October. The league is comprised of three levels: Midget AAA, Midget Elite, and Bantam Elite.

In November, seven Midget AAA players from the AFHL suited up with Team Alberta at the National Women’s U18 Championships in Regina.

In December, the AFHL announced its rosters for the Midget Elite and Bantam Elite All-Star games, which will be held on January 14 in Red Deer and Strathmore, respectively.


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AFHL December wrap-up

RED DEER – As the 2016 portion of the Alberta Female Hockey League season comes to a close, the St. Albert Slash (Midget AAA), Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (Midget Elite), and Calgary Fire White (Bantam Elite) all lead their respective leagues heading into 2017.


Midget AAA

After three months of play, the Midget AAA standings are:

1) St. Albert Slash (45 pts)
2) Rocky Mountain Raiders (36 pts)
3) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (26 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (18 pts)
5) Calgary Fire (18 pts)
6) Edmonton Pandas (17 pts)

St Albert’s first year forward Madison Willan closes out 2016 leading all skaters in points (24) and assists (11). Rocky Mountain Raiders forward Nicole Fry is tied with Willan for the lead league in points, and leads the way goals (15).

AFHL puck stoppers had another strong month with three goaltenders at the top all with a .940 save percentages: St. Albert’s Brianna Sank, Calgary’s Katie Crowther and Lloydminster’s Bella McKee. Sank boasts three shutouts while her counterpart in St Albert, Camryn Drever, leads the way with 8 wins on the season.

Midget AAA Leaderboard >

Outside of AFHL Play, Calgary Fire, Lloydminster Steelers and Rocky Mountain Raiders traveled to Saskatchewan to compete in the Mandi Schwartz Memorial Tournament. All three teams has a strong showing and competed hard throughout the weekend.


Midget Elite

Our Midget Elite teams had a hard fought first half of the season as the competitiveness of this division increases. The Midget Elite standings at the end of December are:

North Division:
1) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (36 pts)
2) Sherwood Park Fury (31 pts)
3) St. Albert Sharks (19 pts)
4) Edmonton Pandas (16 pts)
5) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (10 pts)
6) North Central Impact (7 pts)

South Division:
1) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (36 pts)
2) Calgary Fire White (35 pts)
3) Calgary Fire Red (27 pts)
4) Airdrie Lightning (27 pts)
5) Rocky Mountain Raiders (17 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (9 pts)

Calgary Fire White’s Danika Stang has taken over the league lead in points with 19, while Red Deer’s Danica Polson holds the lead in goals (14), and St. Albert’s Payden Bialowas leads the way in assists (10).

Jayda Thompson of Red Deer continues to lead all Midget Elite goaltenders with a .860 goals against average, a 960 save percentage, along with six wins on the season. Peace Country’s Paige Jassman leads the way in wins and shutouts, with 12 and six, respectively.

Midget Elite Leaderboard >

Rosters for the inaugural AFHL Midget Elite All-Star Game were announced on December 20. Rosters >


Bantam Elite

Things remain tight in the hunt for the Bantam Elite regular season title! Four points separate third from first in the North, whereas down south, Calgary White and the Olds Grizzlys are battling it out for top position. The Bantam Elite standings heading into January are:

North Division:

1) St. Albert Raiders (34 pts)
2) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (31 pts)
3) Sherwood Park Royals (30 pts)
4) North Central Impact (19 pts)
5) Edmonton Pandas (18 pts)
6) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (5 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (29 pts)
2) Olds Grizzlys (28 pts)
3) Lethbridge Cyclones (16 pts)
4) Calgary Fire Red (15 pts)
5) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (12 pts)
6) Rocky Mountain Raiders (12 pts)

There are three skaters currently on top of the leaderboard with 18 points each to close out 2016; North Central’s Chloe Reid, Lethbridge’s Isabelle Dyck, and Calgary Fire Red’s Emily Straw. OldsSarah Wozniewicz has 13 goals to lead all Bantam skaters, while Lloydminster’s Madison MacDuff leads the way with 12 assists.

St. Albert’s Holly Borrett and OldsJocelynn Pearce both sit atop the league with a 0.960 save percentage, while Borrett’s counterpart in St. Albert, Elle Boyko, leads the way in wins with seven.

Bantam Elite Leaderboard >

Rosters for the inaugural AFHL Midget Elite All-Star Game were announced on December 20. Rosters >

Teams have earned a well-deserved winter break and league play will resume on January 7, after the holidays. January will be an exciting month as league play resumes as well the AFHL host its inaugural All Star Games and AFHL teams will help celebrateAlberta Hockey Day on January 21.

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Coach of the Month - November

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for November is Kent Goodreau from Pincher Creek.

Kent, currently the coach of the Pincher Creek Midget 1 team, has been coaching since the 2002-2003 season, and since then he has been head coach or assistant coach of multiple teams each year. This will be his last year coaching.

“I have been fortunate to coach with some excellent people along the way, which has taught me a lot and has made it easy for me to enjoy the game,” said Kent.

“He (Kent) has been coaching since our kids were about six years old," said the parent who nominated Kent. "Kent provides guidance to our Midget players but, at the same time lets them play their style of game. He has a great relationship with each player and enjoys the team as a whole. He has been such an amazing coach for all these years!”

Kent’s coaching philosophy is very player centered. “My coaching philosophy is to bring out the best in every player, and to always have fun and improve every time you step on the ice to practice or play a game. To create pride for what you accomplish through hard work, and respect all that participates in the game of hockey. Also to have these values continued into everyday life. What makes a great coach is a great team of players!”


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

Hockey Alberta Foundation

Supporting Fort McMurray – more than $21,000 donated by Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta

FORT MCMURRAY – In the aftermath of devastating wildfires that impacted northeastern Alberta in May, the Fort McMurray Minor Hockey Association has emerged as a source of stability for a community filled with uncertainty.

As residents returned to Fort McMurray throughout the summer, following the evacuation of nearly 90,000 people, the community was looking for any signs of normalcy.

“We had a lot of people wondering when hockey was going to start, saying that ‘we need hockey to go, we need hockey,’” said Travis Galenzoski, president of Fort McMurray Minor Hockey. “People were looking to hockey for a calming effect. Spending a day at the arena is normal, it provides an outlet.”

In the early going, though, there weren’t many answers. The fires and evacuation meant the association had not held its annual general meeting. Jerseys and equipment needed to be cleaned or repaired. And then there was an even bigger question – would there be a place to play?

“There was uncertainty in ice availability. Were we going to get our home arena back?” said Galenzoski. “The biggest thing was not knowing. Once we got our arena back, the front of the season was extremely busy and pretty stressful. Thanks to the hard work of our arena manager, operations manager, and a whole lot of volunteers, we made it happen. Other than a bit of a delay in starting evaluations, our players’ hockey experience has not changed.”

Registration numbers are down slightly (about three per cent) for the 2016-17 season. But more than 1,100 players, comprising approximately 60 teams, are on the ice. And the association is hosting Hockey Alberta’s Atom AA Major provincial championships in March.

“This is fantastic. We have managed to put on a hockey program after an 88,000-person evacuation,” said Galenzoski.

To help support minor hockey in the northeast, Fort McMurray minor hockey and players throughout the region are the beneficiaries of $21,500 raised collectively by Hockey Canada, Hockey Alberta, Hockey Canada Foundation and Hockey Alberta Foundation.

The funds include:

  • $10,000 from Hockey Canada
  • $5,000 from the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community grant and player assistance programs
  • $5,000 from the Hockey Canada Foundation, and
  • $1,500 raised at Hockey Alberta’s 2016 annual general meeting through contributions from Local Minor Hockey Associations across Alberta.

“Our hearts went out to the community and residents of Fort McMurray this summer who faced displacement, devastation, and loss. To see the relentless work of the volunteers of Fort Mac’s hockey community to ensure their players, coaches, officials, and fans all had hockey to turn to this season as they work to rebuild was truly inspiring,” said Tom Renney, president and chief executive officer of Hockey Canada. “Hockey Canada and the Hockey Canada Foundation are proud to contribute to the efforts of the Fort McMurray Minor Hockey Association, and to support this resilient community as they move forward from this summer’s devastating fire.”

All funds will go directly towards support the players, families and coaches who were impacted by the devastating forest fires that impacted the region in May. Planned initiatives include supporting ongoing player development programs, implementing a coach development plan in partnership with Hockey Alberta’s Regional Centre network, and player assistance and growing the game initiatives.

“Our biggest area of opportunity is development for our coaches,” said Galenzoski. “We want to invest in our coaches, and we believe that investment in coaching has a direct correlation with player development and participation.”

Player development programming started about six weeks ago, with a goal of having each team participate in 3-5 development sessions. The association is also looking to host division-specific sessions for goaltenders, with mentors coming in to provide development opportunities.

“The Hockey Alberta Foundation, through the Every Kid Every Community program, is proud to play a role in assisting Fort McMurray Minor Hockey continue in its leadership role, not just for hockey, but within the overall community. We look forward to supporting a number of initiatives that will benefit current coaches and players, as well as those who want to play hockey for the first time,” said Tim Leer, executive director of the Hockey Alberta Foundation.

Growing the game initiatives aimed at attracting new players to the game by providing equipment and helping with registration fees will be geared to recruiting for the 2017-18 season.

For more information, check out the association’s website at www.fmmha.com.

Contributions at the 2016 Hockey Alberta AGM included seven minor hockey associations (Caroline, Hinton, Lloydminster, Lethbridge, Grande Prairie, Hockey Edmonton and Hockey Calgary), and two individuals (Jody Ginther and Betty Chmilar).

For individuals or groups interested in making a donation to support Fort McMurray minor hockey, the Hockey Alberta Foundation is accepting donations, with 100 per cent of funds donated going to Fort McMurray. Donations can be made at hockeyalbertafoundation.ca, or by going to this link:

Supporting Fort McMurray Minor Hockey >