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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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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

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NOVICE

Cost: $900

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ATOM

Cost: $1,000

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PEEWEE

Cost: $1,100

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BANTAM

Cost: $1,200

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MIDGET

Cost: $1,200

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*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

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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:

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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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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

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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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

Hockey Alberta Foundation

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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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.

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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

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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)

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*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

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