Hockey Alberta Awards nominations now open

RED DEER – Who has made an impact on you or the sport this season?

Nominate that individual or team for one of six Hockey Alberta Awards, presented for outstanding achievements or contributions to amateur hockey in Alberta.

Awards Nomination Form >

Hockey Alberta recognizes the amazing work done by groups and individuals in the game every year through the Hockey Alberta Awards Program. All members of the hockey community in Alberta are encouraged to submit a nomination for a deserving individual or team.

There are six awards open for nominations including: Volunteer of the Year, Coach of the Year, Player of the Year, Official of the Year, and Team of the Year. Nominations are also being accepted for the Order of Merit, which recognizes exceptional leadership and distinguished service to amateur hockey in Alberta for 10 years or more. Order of Merit may be presented for Administration, Coaching/ Development, or Officiating.

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The Springbank Rockies Hockey Calgary

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The Springbank Rockies are the only Alberta team to qualify as a semi-finalist in the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup. Help win $100,000 for an Alberta charity. CLICK HERE or on the photo above to watch this incredible 60 second video. Each view equals one vote. Once you click and watch the FULL video, it registers your vote. The entire hockey community is encouraged to get involved... every age group, every team, every association to help win $100,000 for the Nathan O’Brien Children’s Foundation and The Calgary Food Bank.

CALGARY - The Springbank Peewee AA Rockies agreed that the team should perform a “good deed” in the community that would bring value to the team and community and inspire others to participate or support the “good deed”.

The Rockies took their inspiration from their superhero Nathan O’Brien and The Nathan O’Brien Children’s Foundation support for the Calgary Food Bank. Nathan was a member of the Springbank Rockies Timbit Senators at the time of his tragic death in 2014. This season the AA team proudly wears the Nathan O’Brien Children’s Foundation logo on their helmets and pre-game warm-up gear.

The team worked with the Foundation and the O’Brien family to keep Nathan’s spirit alive, make a significant impact in the community, inspire others, and represent Springbank Minor Hockey, the Foundation, and the Calgary Food Bank as proud ambassadors.

The team set a goal to make a significant contribution to the Calgary Food Bank in support of The Nathan O’Brien Children’s Foundation. The goal - to fill a 40-foot transport trailer with non-perishable food. In order to achieve this goal, Purolator graciously provided a 53-foot transport trailer - 13 feet more than planned. The 53-foot challenge was eagerly embraced. Here is what was accomplished in a week:

  • 1,200 volunteer hours.
  • More than 5,000 bags distributed throughout the Springbank community and collected several days later.
  • Total amount of food collected: 53 feet = 16,752 lbs (approx. value $43,555)
  • Total cash donated: $4,920 (or approx. 9,500 lbs of food)
  • Total equivalent of approx. 16,200 meals to Calgarians.

The team recognized the significance of its undertaking and realized the opportunity (and need) to inspire the entirety of Springbank’s Peewee division to help fill the trailer. Proudly, EVERY Springbank Peewee team - House league through AA - participated in this year’s Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup competition.

The enthusiasm and commitment from the Peewee division was truly amazing, producing results that were equally spectacular. The 53-foot trailer was filled from front to back with almost 17,000 pounds of food and nearly $5,000 was collected - all within one week.

In addition, the Peewee AA team gained an appreciation of their Good Deed’s significance when they invested more than three hours at the Calgary Food Bank and witnessed firsthand the need in Calgary. The team and parents received a tour, sorted food into hampers, and learned that there are neighbours in the community who rely on the Calgary Food Bank for groceries - something that is generally taken for granted.



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Seven Alberta Officials selected for Canada Winter Games

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta would like to congratulate the seven officials selected to represent the province on the Road to Red Deer at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Referees Mason Stewart (Calgary) and Austin Weisgerber (Medicine Hat), and linesman Derek Bandstra (Calgary) will be part of the officiating crew during the male hockey competition in the first week of the Canada Games.

For the female hockey competition in week two, referees Cassandra Gregory (Edmonton) and Jessica Trombley (Sherwood Park), and linesmen Megan French (Coaldale) and Kelsey Hagan (Calgary) will all take to the ice to officiate.

Earning the opportunity to work at a national event such as the Canada Winter Games is a significant accomplishment in an official’s career, and recognizes dedication, perseverance and commitment towards officiating.

The 2019 Canada Winter Games run February 14 - March 3 in Red Deer.


Vote for the Springbank Rockies in the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup!

Congratulations to Hockey Calgary’s Springbank Rockies, who are one of 10 semi-finalists selected by Chevrolet in the Good Deeds Cup!

Now, it’s up to YouTube viewers across Alberta to help the Rockies reach the final three and have a chance at $100,000 for their designated charity.

From now until February 9, all 10 semi-finalist videos are available for viewing at Chevrolet Canada’s YouTube channel at The three teams that receive the most views will each be eligible to win a Finalist Prize, which includes $2,000 to the team’s designated charity.

The three finalist entries then will be reviewed by a judging panel from Chevrolet and Hockey Canada, with a Good Deeds Cup champion selected and announced on February 17. The Good Deeds Cup champion receives a $100,000 cheque for its designated charity, along with prizes for individual team members.

More than 300 entries were received from Peewee teams across the country for the Good Deeds Cup.

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Registration is ongoing for Alberta Built Skills Camps offered by Hockey Alberta. Your young players can have their potential unlocked at one of the following camps: Small Area Games, Power Edge Pro (PEP), Super Skills, Dynamic Shooting, Developing Defencemen and Goaltender Skills. Camps are scheduled in numerous locations across the province. ALBERTA BUILT SKILLS CAMPS REGISTRATION >

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Being a a parent in minor hockey can be a challenging role. Hockey Alberta is pleased to present information on a variety of topics to help parents as they try to provide the most positive hockey experience possible for their children. Check out the Parents tab at the Hockey Alberta website. Resources include Parents & Players: A Guide for Enjoying Hockey In Alberta. The publication provides a lot of important information for parents new to the game, and those who have been around for a while. INFO FOR PARENTS >

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Registration is ongoing for athletes interested in participating in a Regional selection camp for the Alberta Cup (2004-born males), Alberta Challenge (2004-05 born females), and Peewee Prospects (2006-born males). Registration has been brisk, and varying numbers of spots are available for each event. Don’t delay, register today.


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The Hockey Alberta Foundation, in conjunction with Vegreville Minor Hockey and KidSport Vegreville, is bringing the Every Kid Every Community (EKEC) Speaker Series to Vegreville. The evening will feature former NHL players Rob Brown and Jason Strudwick in a candid Hockey Hot Stove. TICKET INFO >

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The deadline for second quarter applications for the Every Kid Every Community grants will be accepted until Thursday, January 31. APPLY NOW >

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Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Hockey Alberta Awards. You can nominate a deserving individual for any of the following awards: Coach of the Year, Player of the Year, Official of the Year or the Award of Merit. You may also nominate an outstanding team for Team of the Year. This is a chance to recognize the outstanding people in your organization. Recipients will be honoured at a special event later in the year. HOCKEY ALBERTA AWARDS NOMINATION FORM >

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Throughout the hockey season many team focus fundraising efforts on a charity of choice to support. We hope you will consider your teammates at the Hockey Alberta Foundation as your hockey charity of choice. We have launched the Teammates helping Teammates raffle in support of the Every Kid Every Community Grant Program. There are only 100 tickets available, with two identical grand prizes available: 25 tickets to the Calgary Flames vs Anaheim Ducks game on Friday, March 29, and transportation via motorcoach to and from Scotiabank Saddledome. Tickets are available for $100 each and can be purchased by cash, cheque or credit card by contacting the Hockey Alberta Foundation office or completing the online form.

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The Lacombe Generals are hosting the 2019 Canadian Senior AAA hockey championship - the Viking Projects Allan Cup, April 8-13 in Lacombe. If you are interested in tickets, sponsorship or being a Volunteer at the event, email [email protected] or check out the Generals’ website. GO TO THE WEBSITE >

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The Calgary Flames and Calgary Hitmen want to help your team celebrate the season with some special Minor Hockey Association ticket packages. With the Flames, your team can hold its Wrap Up Team Party at a Flames game for a special party price that includes game ticket, reserved area for your team pre-game, and exclusive food and beverage options. For the Hitmen, check out the Corral Series Minor Hockey Team Party options.


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Be Alberta Built!

RED DEER - Registration is now open for an array of Hockey Alberta camps across the province for a variety of ages and skill levels.

Throughout 2019, Hockey Alberta offers Alberta Built camps in the following skill development areas: Small Area Games, Power Edge Pro (PEP), Super Skills, Dynamic Shooting, Developing Defencemen and Goalie Skills.

Register Now >

Each camp features Hockey Canada-trained instructors, including Hockey Alberta staff, and WHL/Team Alberta graduates.

All Alberta Built camps focus on skills and tactics identified by hockey experts trained by Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta, in correspondence with the Long Term Player Development Model.

For more information, please contact Jesse Hale, Manager, Hockey Development, at [email protected]

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Sixteen Albertans listed in NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings

RED DEER - NHL Central Scouting has released its midterm rankings for the 2019 NHL draft, with 16 Albertans on the list.

Five Albertans landed in the top 20 of the North American Skater rankings: Kirby Dach, Bowen Byram, Peyton Krebs, Brett Leason and Matthew Robertson.

Taylor Gauthier and Matthew Davis were both listed among the top North American goaltenders.

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
2 Kirby Dach Forward Saskatoon WHL
4 Bowen Byram Defence Vancouver WHL
8 Peyton Krebs Forward Kootenay WHL
17 Brett Leason Forward Prince Albert WHL
18 Matthew Robertson Defence Edmonton WHL
73 Brayden Tracey Forward Moose Jaw WHL
78 Jake Lee Defence Seattle WHL
97 Kirby Proctor Defence Des Moines USHL
154 Quinn Olson Forward Okotoks AJHL
158 Luke Bast Defence Brooks AJHL
159 David Kope Forward Edmonton WHL
176 Chase Felgueiras Defence Humboldt SJHL
201 Zachary Okabe Forward Grande Prairie AJHL
Limited Viewing Dillon Hamaliuk Forward Seattle WHL
5 Taylor Gauthier Goaltender Prince George WHL
30 Matthew Davis Goaltender Spruce Grove AJHL

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 [email protected].


Team Alberta U18 Female, U16 Male set for team staging in Red Deer

RED DEER - Less than a month ahead of the 2019 Canada Winter Games, the Team Alberta U16 Male and U18 Female squads will converge in Red Deer once again this weekend for Team Alberta Staging.

As part of the weekend, both teams will play an exhibition game on Saturday, January 19 at the Collicutt Centre.

The U18 Female team will hit the ice first at 4:30pm against the Calgary Bantam AAA Royals, with the U16 Male squad to follow at 7:00pm against the Red Deer Midget AAA Optimist Chiefs.

Both games are open to the public, and are free to attend.


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FOURTH INSTALLMENT: Officiating Video Partnership with WHL

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to present the fourth installment of the Western Hockey League’s officiating partnership video series.

The partnership will see the production of a series of videos that will be shared with all officials in Alberta and the other Western Branches.

This is an exciting opportunity for all officials to learn from some of the best officials in the country. The link to the third video is included below, and you will receive an email from Hockey Alberta each time that a new video is available for viewing. The videos will be uploaded to Hockey Alberta’s YouTube channel, so you can always access them on your computer, tablet or mobile device.

View the fourth installment of the video series:

Missed the first three videos? View them here:


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Medicine Hat to co-host 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

CALGARY – The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will return to Alberta in 2019.

For the first time in the 33-year history of the event, the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge – an international showcase of the best young hockey talent in the world – will be co-hosted in a pair of Prairie provinces. Medicine Hat and Swift Current will welcome the event from Nov. 2-9.

The 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge represents a partnership between Hockey Canada, Hockey Alberta, the Saskatchewan Hockey Association and the Canadian Hockey League, as well as the cities of Medicine Hat and Swift Current, and the Medicine Hat Tigers and Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League.

“Alberta has hosted a number of successful Hockey Canada events in recent history, and Hockey Alberta looks forward to ensuring the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge is even more successful,” said Rob Litwinski, Chief Executive Officer of Hockey Alberta. “We are thrilled to welcome the top under-17 hockey players in the world to Alberta for the first time since 2005, and to work with the host committee in Medicine Hat on this prestigious event.”

“There was a great deal of effort from many individuals to bring this event to our community, so it’s a tremendous honour to co-host with our counterparts in Swift Current,” said Ted Clugston, Mayor of Medicine Hat. “We’re looking forward to welcoming the players, their families, and hockey fans to our city, and showcasing our community and its amenities on an international scale.”

The 7,100-seat Canalta Centre will host teams and fans when the tournament returns to Alberta for the third time; Lethbridge hosted in 2005, and Red Deer in 1997.

The official tournament schedule and ticket information will be announced at a later date.


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Alberta Challenge registration now open | Alberta Challenge staff announced

RED DEER - Registration is now open for 2004 and 2005-born female athletes to participate in one of two regional selection camps for the 2019 Alberta Challenge.

The Alberta Challenge runs May 1-5 in Leduc.

Register >


  1. Registration is limited at each position at each camp.
  2. Only Hockey Canada/Hockey Alberta Registered Athletes are eligible to register.

Both regional camps will take place April 5-7 at the following locations (dates and locations subject to change):

South - Cochrane
North - Fort Saskatchewan

Alberta Challenge Regional Map >

If you are unsure in which region you reside, or have any other questions, please contact Taryn Baumgardt at [email protected] prior to registration.

2019 Alberta Challenge staff announced

Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the staff for each team competing in the 2019 Alberta Challenge. A director of operations, coach mentor, head coach, and two assistant coaches were selected for each of the six teams.

2019 Team Staff >

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 March, 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.


Welcome new-to-hockey families into your Minor Hockey Association!

Is your Minor Hockey Association looking to grow its membership?

The Canadian Tire First Shift is seeking hosts for its sixth season.

The initiative, which partners with Bauer Hockey and Hockey Canada, has seen over 620 programs delivered across the country with more than 23,000 kids trying hockey since 2014. The mission is to inspire new families to join our community and enrol their kids in our sport by making hockey accessible, affordable, and most importantly, fun!

Canadian Tire First Shift is a six-week program that focuses on having fun and learning basic skills. Full head-to-toe Bauer equipment is included with registration, which is only $199.

The application process for Minor Hockey Associations wishing to host the Canadian Tire First Shift in 2019-20 is now open by going to

Interested Minor Hockey Associations can find more information in the attached document or at


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Peewee Prospects Cup registration now open | Peewee Prospects Cup staff announced

RED DEER - Registration is now open for 2006-born male athletes to participate in one of four Regional selection camps for the 2019 Peewee Prospects Cup.

The 2019 Peewee Prospects Cup runs May 8-12 in Lethbridge.

Register >


  1. Registration is limited at each position at each camp.
  2. Only Hockey Canada/Hockey Alberta Registered Athletes are eligible to register.

All regional camps will take place April 12-14 at the following locations (dates and locations subject to change):

Calgary - East Calgary Twin Arenas
South - Olds Sportsplex
Captial - Edmonton Castle Downs Arena
North - Vegreville Rec Centre

Peewee Prospects Cup Regional Directory > | Peewee Prospects Cup Regional Map >

If you are unsure in which region you reside, or have any other questions, please contact Dustin Moore at [email protected] prior to registration.

2019 Peewee Prospects Cup staff announced

Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the staff for each team competing in the 2019 Peewee Prospects Cup. A director of operations, coach mentor, head coach, and two assistant coaches were selected for each of the eight teams.

2019 Team Staff >

The Peewee Prospects Cup is the beginning 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 who were born in 2006, and must be registered with a Hockey Canada/Hockey Alberta program.


Coach of the Month - December

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s December Coach of the Month, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel, is Cam Church of Irvine.

With three children playing minor hockey in Irvine, Cam is the Assistant Coach of both the Initiation SR Bulldogs and Novice Major Bulldogs, as well as the Head Coach of the Atom B Bulldogs. This is his fifth season coaching minor hockey.
"Having the opportunity to teach a game I loved as a kid growing up is rewarding, as I get to watch the kids having fun while building character," said Cam. "I’ve learned more about the game of hockey in the last five years of coaching than I’ve learned in the last 35 years of playing."

"Cam is encouraging to every player whether they are new to hockey or not, he makes each child feel special and a valued member of the team," said the parent who nominated Cam for the Coach of the Month award. "He is equally fair to every one of them making sure they have fair playing time and equal opportunities to play every position. He is the first one at all practices and games, ensuring he is ready for the event. He is extremely knowledgeable about minor hockey and pushes the importance of practices and fun over games and winning."

"I had a number of good coaches throughout the years of playing, coaching is a avenue to give back what was given to me when I was a kid," added Cam. "I feel lucky to be part of a great association in Irvine, we have a great group of coaches, parents and an outstanding facility to play the game."

Hockey Alberta News

The Coach of the Month award is presented every month during the Minor Hockey season, based on nominations submitted to Hockey Alberta.

One minor hockey coach will be selected each month from October through March and will receive a coaching package from Players Bench Team Apparel valued at over $500, which includes a helmet, gloves, track suit, coach bag, puck bag, rink board, and coaching resources.

Nominations are open throughout the 2018-19 season.

Nomination Form >


The 2018 Global Game in Toronto (Photo submitted)

Suit up for the 2019 Global Game!

Hockey Alberta, in partnership with Hockey Canada and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), is hosting the Global Game on the weekend of February 16-17 in Calgary. The Global Game is an IIHF initiative focused on uniting female hockey players across the globe through sport in this one, global continuous game.

The Global Game embodies the spirit of enjoyment, teamwork, and collaborating with those from diverse backgrounds. This unique game starts on February 16 and is played in 28 different countries across the globe before being handed off to Canada to play the final segment. 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 is to unite all females currently playing hockey as one global family.

Two teams made up of participants from the 10 Hockey Canada branches compete for Team White and Team Blue in the Canadian portion of the Global Game. The participants selected for the Canadian game will be placed on a team with other players from across Canada. As the host province, Alberta has been given the opportunity to select 16 players to participate: 10 forwards, four defense and two goaltenders.

Selected participants get the opportunity to spend the weekend in Calgary participating in off-ice sessions, visiting the Hockey Canada Hall of Champions, and listening to guest speakers. Along with these off-ice activities, participants will compete in the Global Game.

Weekend Activities:

  • Friday, February 15: Depending on hometown, participants may need to travel to Calgary

  • Saturday, February 16: Presentations and Speakers; Off-Ice Activities; and the GLOBAL GAME

  • Sunday, February 17: Off-Ice Session; Guest Speakers. Departure from Calgary

2019 Global Game Application >

Applicants must be Bantam age and registered to a Bantam A or B level female hockey team within Alberta for the 2018-2019 season. Accommodation will be covered for the participants selected. If you are interested in participating in the 2019 Global Game weekend festivities, please fill out the application below and submit it to Hockey Alberta by January 22.

NOTE: Depending on the hometown, participants may need to travel into Calgary on Friday, February 15. By submitting an application, participants agree to cover the costs associated with their own travel. Meals and accommodations will be taken care of upon check in with Global Game Staff.