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The Road to Red Deer: Announcing the staff for Team Alberta

RED DEER - The next step in the Road to Red Deer is now complete, as Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the full list of staff members for the teams that will represent the province at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

The staff members will join Head Coaches Carla MacLeod and Serge Lajoie on Team Alberta’s U18 Female and U16 Male teams, respectively. MacLeod and Lajoie were named the Head Coaches of Team Alberta in November, officially kicking off the Road to Red Deer.

"We’re very excited about both groups we have assembled to lead Team Alberta at the 2019 Canada Winter Games," said Michael Kraichy, Manager, Team Alberta. "Each staff member brings an immense amount of experience within the game, as well as familiarity with the Team Alberta program. They have all earned the opportunity to represent Alberta, and we look forward to carrying on the province’s rich tradition at the Canada Winter Games."


Team Alberta U18 Female Staff

POSITION NAME HOMETOWN
Director of Hockey Operations Kendall Newell Red Deer
Coach Mentor Barry Medori Spruce Grove
Head Scout Doug MacLeod Lethbridge
Head Coach Carla MacLeod Calgary
Assistant Coach Craig Perrett Calgary
Assistant Coach Cassea Schols Edmonton
Goalie Coach Amanda Tapp Calgary
Video Coach Ally Bendfeld Innisfail
Athletic Therapist Farah Mukadam Calgary
Strength & Conditioning Heather Osgood Edmonton

Team Alberta U16 Male Staff

POSITION NAME HOMETOWN
Director of Hockey Operations Michael Kraichy Red Deer
Coach Mentor Barry Medori Spruce Grove
Head Scout Jamie Porter Edmonton
Head Coach Serge Lajoie Edmonton
Associate Coach Bobby Fox Medicine Hat
Assistant Coach Brandin Cote Red Deer
Goalie Coach Derek Purfield Calgary
Video Coach Matt Keillor Grande Prairie
Skills Coach Jeff Shantz Calgary
Athletic Therapist Karyn Fanstone Brooks
Equipment Manager Dave Campbell Grande Prairie

Competition at the Canada Winter Games runs February 14-23, 2019 for the Male squad, and February 23-March 2 for the Female squad.

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Calling all goalies – registration now open for Hockey Alberta Skills Camps

RED DEER – Goaltenders of all ages and abilities can improve their skills and learn from some of the province’s top goaltending instructors by attending one of Hockey Alberta’s 2018 Goaltender Development Camps.

As part of its Provincial Goaltender Development Plan unveiled last year, Hockey Alberta is hosting three sets of goaltender development camps this spring. The schedule features two goalie Skill Development camps, two camps for Elite level goalies, and two U14 camps offered in partnership with Hockey Canada.

“Being a goaltender is a unique and challenging position on any hockey team. We want to ensure that goalies of all abilities and experience levels have the opportunity to learn the skills of the position from knowledgeable instructors, and to have fun at the same time,” said Matt Weninger, Hockey Alberta’s Goaltending Lead and Regional Centre Consultant in Lethbridge.

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SKILL DEVELOPMENT CAMP: Hockey Alberta has offered goaltender skill development camps for several years, providing goalies across the province with training and techniques to develop a solid base of skills. This camp is open to all goaltenders born in 2003-09. The 2018 camps will feature Hockey Alberta’s new group of Regional Goaltending Leads who work with minor hockey associations across the province on goaltender development plans.

  • North Camp: May 5-6 in Edmonton
  • South Camp: May 26-27 in Calgary

ELITE CAMP: Hockey Alberta is offering the Elite Camp for the second year. Enrolment in the Elite Camp is by application, and the goal of the camp is to work with the province’s top male and female goaltenders to help them with the transition to the next stage of their development. The instructional staff includes an impressive list of WHL goalie coaches, and Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta staff.

  • Elite Female Camp: June 16-17 in Cochrane, open to the top 36 Bantam and Midget goaltenders.
  • Elite Male Camp: June 23-24 in Camrose, open to the top 36 Bantam and top 18 Minor Midget goaltenders in Alberta.

HOCKEY CANADA U14 CAMP: Working in partnership with Hockey Canada, Hockey Alberta is offering this new camp for 2018 focused on Peewee and Bantam AA goaltenders, and includes four hours of on-ice time, and five off-ice sessions.

  • South Camp: April 6-7 in Calgary
  • North Camp: April 14-15 in Edmonton

For more information, or to register/apply for any of these camps, check the Hockey Alberta website.

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Congratulations Minor Hockey Week Champions!

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta would like to congratulate the 2018 Quikcard Edmonton Minor Hockey Week and Calgary’s Esso Minor Hockey Week champions.

In Edmonton, nearly 70 teams in Novice through Midget were crowned Quikcard Edmonton Minor Hockey Week champs. In Calgary, 65 teams skated away from Esso Minor Hockey Week as the champion.

Calgary Winners > | Edmonton Winners >

This year’s Quikcard Edmonton Minor Hockey Week marked the 55th year of the tournament, which started in 1964. In Calgary, Minor Hockey Week has been celebrated for 48 years, including 2018.

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Alberta well represented in NHL Central Scouting’s 2018 Midterm Rankings

RED DEER - NHL Central Scouting has released its midterm rankings for the 2018 NHL draft, with 16 Albertans on the list.

Former Team Alberta Captain Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs, WHL) is the highest-ranked Albertan, coming in at 14. Jonathon Tychonikc (Penticton Vees, BCHL) also cracked the top 50, sitting at number 45.

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

Midterm Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
14 Ty Smith Defence Spokane Chiefs WHL
45 Jonathon Tychonick Defence Penticton Vees BCHL
62 Jacob Bernard-Docker Defence Okotoks Oilers AJHL
72 Riley Sutter Right Wing Everett Silvertips WHL
93 Eric Florchuk Centre Saskatoon Blades WHL
97 Ryan Peckford Left Wing Moose Jaw Warriors WHL
103 Chase Wouters Centre Saskatoon Blades WHL
105 Sean Comrie Defence Spruce Grove Saints AJHL
115 Maxwell Crozier Defence Nanaimo Clippers BCHL
164 Cole Reinhardt Left Wing Brandon Wheat Kings WHL
169 Brad Ginnell Centre Kootenay Ice WHL
175 Josh Prokop Centre Vernon Vipers BCHL
188 Reece Harsch Defence Seattle Thunderbirds WHL
203 Jacob Herauf Defence Red Deer Rebels WHL
208 Dylan Plouffe Defence Vancouver Giants WHL
214 Austin Wong Centre Okotoks Oilers WHL

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Hockey Alberta 2018 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.

Zone Playdown Draws > | 2018 Provincial Hosts >

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.

All Zone Playdowns are two-game, total-goal series. All Playdown draw brackets, completion dates, and results can be viewed on the Hockey Alberta website, or by going to haplaydowns.ca. Results will be updated on a regular basis.

Provincial Championships begin as early as March 15.

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Six communities set to host Alberta Hockey Day

RED DEER - Six communities across the province are set to celebrate Hockey Alberta’s second annual Alberta Hockey Day on Saturday, January 20.

Brooks, High Level, Paradise Valley, Red Deer, Strathmore and Westlock will all host a variety of activities on Alberta Hockey Day, as well as the day before and after, with a special focus on age-appropriate programming at the Initiation and Novice levels.

Fun and interactive on-ice activities are scheduled throughout the day, with special skills development clinics and other events, along with a variety of off-ice sessions and seminars for players, coaches and parents. All events are designed for both new and existing participants in our great sport with a focus on fun, skills and friendships.

Many on-ice events are based around teams’ pre-existing ice times, while other on and off-ice events are open to the public to attend, with several coach instructional streams requiring registration ahead of time.

Albertans are encouraged to join in on the Alberta Hockey Day celebrations - which coincides with Hockey Day in Canada - by attending the events nearest them.

Alberta Hockey Day Schedule >

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Lacombe to host 2019 Allan Cup

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada are pleased to announce the Lacombe Generals as the hosts of the 2019 Allan Cup, Canada’s annual Senior AAA national championship.

"After a thorough review of the submitted bids, I would like to congratulate the Lacombe Generals and their Host committee on being awarded this opportunity,” said Jamie Salm, Hockey Alberta’s Chair, Senior Hockey. “Hockey Alberta is looking forward to working with the host committee on what is sure to be an exciting week of hockey for fans across Alberta.”

The event will be hosted at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex in April 2019 (complete schedule and ticket information to be announced). Six teams will participate in the round-robin, pool-play event, followed by sudden-death playoffs.

“On behalf of the Host Committee I want to thank Hockey Alberta for selecting our proposal to host the 2019 Allan Cup," said Steve Christie, Bid Committee Chair. "We look forward to working together in delivering this prestigious event to the Hockey world. Our Committee members are ecstatic to be representing such a great organization in the Lacombe Generals and helping showcase and promote the incredibly supportive and vibrant City of Lacombe, together we have the experience, facilities and enthusiasm to make this the best Allan Cup event yet.”

The Allan Cup was last hosted in Alberta in 2013 in Red Deer.

The 2018 Allan Cup is set for April 9-18 in Rosetown, SK. For details on the 2018 Allan Cup, go to allancup.ca.

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Coach of the Month - December

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for December is Mark Fournier of Smoky River.

Mark is currently the Head Coach of the Smoky River Smoky Seed Bantams and the Assistant Coach of the Smoky River Novice Richardson Pioneers.

"One of the things I enjoy the most about coaching year after year is seeing their improvement," said Mark. "Having coached some of these kids since they were 3 and coaching them now at 13 is rewarding beyond words. Hockey to me is so much more than just a sport. It is an opportunity that our kids have when coached properly to learn about respect, team work, leadership, pride, accountability, disappointment, perseverance, belonging and commitment. These are skills they will take away with them and use in their everyday lives not only now but as they become adults. It’s important to me that my teams know that the hard work they put in today will always pay off at some point and that in the meantime, it’s also important to have fun!"

"Mark has always played a key integral role in our Minor Hockey Association since way before his first son started initiation in 2008," said the parent who nominated Mark. "He served as a community at large member on the board, took the referee clinic annually, held many roles, wore many hats including referee in chief, coached the local ladies team and shockingly coached initiation level for nearly 10 years as he always had a child in the program. Everyone knows it takes an exceptionally patient, reasonable and considerate person to coach the little ones, to volunteer your time, encourage them, believe in them when they don’t believe in themselves and listened to the 1000’s of stories they have to tell. The # of 1st goals witnessed, and high fives given would have been nearly impossible to keep track of! Mark continues to empower, mentor and inspire the players, referees and fellow coaches, he is also highly respected by parents, officials, coaches and players! He is a dream to now have at the head of our association, he is passionate about the sport and the success and enjoyment of the sport for all!"

Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month award is sponsored by Howies Hockey Tape.


For more details on Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month, or to nominate a coach, click here.

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2018 AFHL Prospects Game rosters announced

RED DEER – The Alberta Female Hockey League is pleased to announce the rosters for the 2018 Midget Elite and Bantam Elite AFHL Prospects games.

Midget Elite Prospects Rosters > | Bantam Elite Prospects Rosters >

Two forwards and one defence from each AFHL team were selected to their respective rosters by AFHL coaches, while goaltenders were selected based on their statistical ranking as of January 10. The coaches chosen to represent the North and South teams in each league are from the first and second place teams within each division.

Both AFHL Prospects games are set for February 3 at the NAIT Arena in Edmonton. The Bantam Elite Prospects Game goes at 2:30 p.m., with the Midget Elite Prospects Game to follow at 5:00 p.m.

Prior to each Prospects games, participating players will take part in on-ice goalie and skills sessions, as well as a team-building activity. CCM will also be on site to allow players the chance to try out various pieces of equipment throughout the day.

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2018 Alberta Cup registration now open | Alberta Cup staff announced

*REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. For late registration inquiries,please contact Dustin Moore at dmoore@hockeyalberta.ca.*

The 2018 Alberta Cup runs April 25-29 in Spruce Grove.

Register >

All zone camps will take place March 23-25 at the following locations (dates and locations subject to change):

Calgary North and South - East Calgary Twin Arenas
Central - Blackfalds Multiplex
Edmonton - Jubilee Recreation Centre (Fort Saskatchewan)
Northeast - Vegreville Recreation Centre
Northwest - Grant Fuhr/Stu Barnes Arena (Spruce Grove)
South - Pason Centennial Arena (Okotoks)

Please note: The zone boundaries have been re-aligned for the 2018 Alberta Cup, to more closely coincide with the Male Alberta Development Model. Please review the revised zone boundary directory, as players will now attend the appropriate camp based on where they would attend their first tryout for Bantam AAA, unless otherwise indicated. Entire Minor Hockey Associations are within a specific Alberta Cup zone and not split. If you have any questions on the zone boundary changes, please contact Dustin Moore at dmoore@hockeyalberta.ca before registering for a zone camp.

Alberta Cup Zone Directory >


2018 Alberta Cup staff announced

Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the staff for each team competing in the 2018 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.

2018 Team Staff >


The Alberta Cup aids in the identification and selection 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 2018 Alberta Cup.

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Seven Albertans named to Canada’s National Men’s team

CALGARY - Seven Albertans will head to Pyeongchang in February to help Canada earn its third straight Olympic gold medal in Men’s Hockey, as Hockey Canada announced its National Men’s Team roster on Thursday.

Ben Scrivens (Spruce Grove) is one of three goaltenders selected by Team Canada, and will be joined on Canada’s back end by defenders Mat Robinson (Calgary) and Karl Stollery (Camrose).

Rene Bourque (Lac La Biche), Rob Klinkhammer (Lethbridge), Brandon Kozun (Calgary), and Mason Raymond (Cochrane) are among the 14 forwards named to Team Canada.

Team Canada opens its Olympic schedule on Thursday, February 15 at the Kwandong Hockey Centre in Gangneung, when it meets Switzerland in Group A. The gold-medal game is set to take place on February 25.

Alberta will also have representation on the female side at the Olympics, as goaltender Shannon Szabados (Edmonton) and defender Meaghan Mikkelson (St. Albert) were named to the Canada’s National Women’s team roster in December.


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Female roster announced for 2018 Arctic Winter Games

RED DEER - Seventeen of the top female athletes living north of the 55th parallel have been selected to represent Team Alberta North for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games.

Team Alberta North Female Roster >

Mike Carlsen and Roxy Brocklebank will serve as Team Alberta North Female’s Head Coach and Assistant Coach, respectively. Selection camps ran January 5-7, and saw over 40 athletes turn out to compete for a spot with Team Alberta North.

Hockey Alberta’s Junior Female squad, along with a Bantam Male team, will compete in the Arctic Winter Games March 17-24 in Fort Smith and Hay River, NWT.

Male team selection camp ran December 8-10 in High Prairie, with the roster announced on December 12.

The Arctic Winter Games are the world’s largest northern multi-sport and cultural event. The Arctic Winter Games are a celebration of athletic completion, culture, friendship and cooperation between northern contingents. Athletic competition features sports that enjoy worldwide popularity alongside traditional Arctic Sports and Dene games. The cultural component is a pillar of the Games, featuring visual arts, dance, ceremonies and galas with participants from across the circumpolar region.

Each hockey team is comprised of 17 players and two coaches. Teams participate in a round-robin tournament to determine seeding for medal-round pairings. One gold ulu is awarded in each division. Teams that regularly participate in ice hockey include Alaska, Yukon, Alberta North, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Eligible communities for the Arctic Winter Games are located North of the 55th Parallel.

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MacTavish to join Burke for EKEC Speaker Series in Olds

OLDS – The Hockey Alberta Foundation is excited to announce Edmonton Oilers Vice President of Hockey Operations, Craig MacTavish as a guest speaker for the EKEC Speaker Series in Olds.

MacTavish will join Calgary Flames President of Hockey Operations, Brian Burke, who was announced as a guest speaker in December.

The event runs on February 2 at the Pomeroy Inn and Suites in Olds, as well the Olds Sportsplex, in conjunction with the Olds Grizzlys game against the Camrose Kodiaks.

Olds Minor Hockey Association, Olds College Broncos, and Olds Grizzlys have partnered with the Foundation to make this entertaining evening possible.

Tickets to the event are $50 each, or $400 for a table of eight.

Tickets >

Each ticket includes:

  • One entry into the Every Kid Every Community Speaker Series at the Pomeroy Inn & Suites in Olds
  • Complimentary wings, courtesy of the Pomeroy Inn & Suites
  • One beverage, courtesy of the Olds College Brewery
  • One fair market value tax receipt
  • One ticket to the Olds College Broncos game against the NAIT Ooks on February 1 (non-transferable)
  • One ticket to the Olds Grizzlys game against the Camrose Kodiaks on February 2 (non-transferable)
  • Complimentary shuttle service from the Pomeroy to the Olds Sportsplex for the Grizzlys game from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. at the Pomeroy, with a Hockey Hot Stove set for 6:15 with Burke and MacTavish. The event also features a silent auction and a 50/50 draw.

Tickets also include admission to the Grizzlys game. Following the Hot Stove, a shuttle service to the Olds Sportsplex will be provided from 7:30-8:30 p.m. to attend the game, with an autograph session available in the first intermission.

Proceeds from this event will go towards the Every Kid Every Community program, Olds Minor Hockey, the Olds College Broncos and the Olds Grizzlys.

For more information about Every Kid Every Community, please click here.

For more information on the event, or for any ticket inquiries please call Holly Martin at 403-342-6777 or email hmartin@hockeyalberta.ca