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Highlight Reel: 2020

Although 2020 was a different and often difficult year, there was a lot to be celebrated. Hockey Alberta looks back on the year that was with some of our favourite moments from the past year (in no particular order).

ISCA, Hockey Alberta partnership benefits Indigenous players province-wide

A new partnership between Indigenous Sport Council Alberta (ISCA) and Hockey Alberta will provide improved and enhanced opportunities for Indigenous hockey participants across the province.

The partnership, which was formalized in November, has a two-pronged focus:

  • Working together to facilitate the growth and development of Indigenous hockey across Alberta; and
  • Operating the Team Alberta Female and Male squads attending and competing in the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships.

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Hockey Alberta officials working to end racism and inequality in hockey

As officials from across Alberta prepare for the 2020-21 season, a special emphasis is being put on battling racism and inequality on the ice.

A number of topics were covered during the annual Officials Leadership Weekend (which was done virtually this year), with social injustice and inequality at the forefront.

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Introducing the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2020

Hockey Alberta News

Seven outstanding individuals, along with the 1975 Canada Winter Games and Alberta Provincial Junior B champions, comprise the 2020 Induction Class for the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Female Hockey Day Weekend celebration events

Hockey Alberta News

Five Minor Hockey Associations have received a $1,000 Every Kid Every Community grant for their Female Hockey Day celebration events.

High Prairie, Irma, Nampa, Slave Lake, and Vermilion will all be hosting their own unique events to bring the Female Hockey Day buzz around the province. From jamborees to skills competitions, these events will work to grow the female game and show #WhyWePlay.

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2020 Alberta Winter Games

The final major event to be held in Alberta prior to the onset of COVID-19 was the Alberta Winter Games in Airdrie in February. At the hockey competition, it was a thrilling finish with Zones 4 and 7 winning gold in Female and Male hockey, respectively. The female gold medal game between Zone 3 and Zone 4 required overtime to declare a winner. Zone 4 scored the gold medal clinching goal just 1:41 into the extra frame, for a 2-1 victory. Zone 7 claimed bronze with a 2-1 victory over Zone 5. On the Male side, Zone 7 edged Zone 3 in a 6-4 victory to earn gold. Meanwhile, Zone 2 completed a late comeback in the bronze medal game, defeating Zone 4 by a score of 7-5.

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Hockey Gives Back

The hockey community always shines brightest during the holiday season, and, despite many obstacles and challenges 2020 was no different. Teams found a way to come together and support others while remaining physically apart.

Here are a few of the stories from the holiday season >

Hockey For Life - Alberta’s Stories From The Game

Alberta’s hockey community is filled with incredible people and incredible stories. From those who coached us, volunteered for us, kept our skates sharp and our ice fast, those who get up before the sun and make sure we’re up too. To the players who went to their first ever practice, scored the game winning goal or made it to the big leagues - we all have stories to tell about the game we love, and why we love it.

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Hockey Canada, BFL Canada Announce Female Coach of the Year Winners

Hockey Canada, in partnership with BFL CANADA, announced the first winners of the BFL Female Coach of the Year awards. Samantha Holmes-Domagala of Calgary has been named as the National Community Winner, and Shanya Shwetz of Edmonton has been named a Regional High Performance winner.

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Barry Medori Honored with Hockey Canada Award

Hockey Alberta News

On August 28, Hockey Canada announced Hockey Alberta Coach Mentor Barry Medori as the 2020 recipient of the Gordon Juckes Award.

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Deadline set for reviewing Minor Hockey league play

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta, in conjunction with its sanctioned Minor Leagues (male and female), is currently reviewing the sustainability of league play for the remainder of the 2020-21 season. If there is no new information from the Government of Alberta by February 1, a decision will be made about whether to continue planning League play.

Please note that any decision regarding league play will not mean the end of hockey activity for the 2020-21 season.

All timelines of when hockey will be allowed to return and the required safety protocols that may be in place if that happens are still uncertain. Hockey Alberta Members should discuss deadlines and options for a return with their facility/ municipality.

Members also need to consider options for flexible programming, such as skill development programming and/or exhibition or mini-league games (ie: 3 on 3 / 4 on 4), that could be implemented to complete the year.

It also will not end Hockey Alberta’s work with the Government of Alberta, Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services to implement a relaunch plan for our sport. Hockey Alberta remains focused on working with government officials to develop a plan that will permit teams to return to practice and eventual game play and keep our youth active for their physical and mental well-being.

To date, representatives of Hockey Alberta have met with Alberta Health and Government of Alberta representatives on several occasions, as recently as last week. Discussions have focused on how hockey can be relaunched in a way that ensures the safety of all participants.


Registration open for virtual 2021 Female Hockey Day

RED DEER - Registration is open for the virtual two-day Female Hockey Day event on January 30-31.

This event will include a variety of sessions covering relevant topics for athletes from U9 - U18, and feature speakers from the national, provincial, and community levels – all to celebrate female hockey.

The cost for each participant is $15. Registered participants will receive the Zoom link the day prior to the event.


Fuelled by Gatorade

2021 Female Hockey Day will be Fuelled by Gatorade. Each participant registered will receive an event package including a Gatorade bottle, towel, and other materials. Register by January 26 to receive your package for the event.

2020 Female Hockey Day Photo Gallery >

Centre Ice Podcast

Centre Ice Podcast - Episode Six: Accessing the Game

Episode Six of the Center Ice Podcast focuses on the importance of keeping hockey - and sport in general - accessible to everyone.

Canadian Long Drive Champion Lisa ’Longball’ Vlooswyk, the newest member of the Hockey Alberta Foundation Board of Directors, joins us to discuss the Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community program and why she chose to join the board, while Executive Director of Heros Hockey, Kevin Hodgson, shares the incredible programming Heros Hockey offers for vulnerable youth across the country.

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Episode Links: Every Kid Every Community > | Female Hockey Day > | Hockey for Life Story Submissions > | Maschmeyer, Mikkelson to attend BFL National Women’s Team Training Camp > | Six Albertans to Attend Canada’s National Para Hockey Team Training Camp > | Heros Hockey >

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Centre Ice is the brand-new Hockey Alberta podcast, featuring the latest news and views on amateur hockey across the province. Subscribe now on your favourite podcast app!


Six Albertans named for Canada’s National Para Hockey Team Training Camp

CALGARY – Six Albertans are among the 14 players selected to attend the National Para Hockey Team Training Camp, presented by Canadian Tire, set for Jan. 16-26 in Calgary.

Attending the training camp from Alberta are forwards Cody Dolan (Calgary), Auren Halbert (Calgary), Zach Lavin (Okotoks), Zach Savage (Westlock) and defense Micah Kovacevich (Edmonton) and Branden Sison (Edmonton).

Several Albertans also join the coaching and support staff. Team Canada alumnus Steve Arsenault (Edmonton) joins as an assistant coach, Ashton Murley (Beaumont/University of Alberta) and Blair Smook (Airdrie) will serve as the equipment managers and Charley Hasselaar (Millarville/University of Calgary) joins as the Athletic therapist.

The 11-day training camp includes practices and three-on-three intrasquad games at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park, and will take place in a bubble environment closed to the public.

Throughout the 2020-21 season, Canada’s National Para Hockey Team will continue to prepare for the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, China. The team intends to hold additional camps prior to the 2021 IPC World Para Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic in May, while future camps and international competitions remain dependent on further impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


Roster named for BFL National Women’s Team Training Camp

CALGARY - Two Albertans are among the top players from across the country who have been invited to attend the BFL National Women’s Team Training Camp, presented by Sobeys, in Calgary Jan. 17-30. The camp will take place in a bubble environment closed to the public.

Goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer (Bruderheim) and defence Meaghan Mikkelson (St. Albert) will attend the training camp.

Several Albertans also join the coaching and support staff tasked to lead Canada’s National Women’s Team through the 2020-21 season. Brad Kirkwood (Calgary/University of Calgary) will serve as the goaltending coach, James Emery (Calgary) as the video coach and Christine Atkins (Fort Macleod) as one of the team therapists.

Thirty-five players will participate in the camp, giving the coaching staff an opportunity to evaluate players in preparation for the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Halifax and Truro, N.S., April 7-17.


2021 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta has made a difficult decision regarding this season’s Provincial Championships. With the uncertainty we are facing in the fight against COVID-19, the decision has been made to cancel all tournaments for the 2021 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial. These tournaments will not be rescheduled for the 2021 season.

This decision has been made with the safety of all our members and participants in mind. Within the current environment in Alberta related to COVID-19, hosting tournaments will likely not be possible, and making this decision now will ensure that members do not waste time, money and other resources in planning to host tournaments.

Hockey Alberta remains focused on working with government officials to develop a plan that will permit teams to return to practice and game play and keep our youth active for their physical and mental well-being. Working with League representatives at each level of hockey we hope to be able to salvage the season. The cancellation of Provincial tournaments provides leagues with the opportunity to plan the remainder of the season, scheduling play through until the end of the season for all teams.

Establishing the meaningful competition that is required to identify and move Teams from League play into Playoffs will not be easy. However, as we return to play this season, Leagues will have the ability to still find ways to determine a champion. Hockey Alberta remains optimistic that we can regroup and host the 2022 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships.


Highlight Reel: 2020

The year 2020 was a challenging one. As a hockey community it was one of change, adversity and adaptation. - along with many positive stories. Please join us in looking back on the top stories for Hockey Alberta in 2020.

2020 Year In Review >

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