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
*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).
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.
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.
Click below for photos from the AFHL All-Star Games:
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.
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.
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.
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|
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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)
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
Date: Tuesday, January 17
Time: 5:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Radisson Hotel and Convention Centre (4520 76 Ave NW)
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 Fragle – Getting the Most Out of Practice
Head Coach, NAIT Ooks Men’s Hockey
2015 World Junior A Challenge Gold Medal with Canada West (Head Coach)
*Please note - refunds will not be available for this event.*
For more information, please contact Holly Kobzey, Coordinator, Hockey Development
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.