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Coach of the Month - January

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for January is Kraig Radtke of Leduc.

Kraig is currently the Head Coach of the Leduc Roughnecks Atom 1 team.

"This year, I was fortunate to be surrounded by a great group of kids, parents, managers and coaches. The entire coaching staff and managers on our Leduc Atom 1 Hockey team have made significant contributions that support my overall coaching philosophy and goals," said Kraig. "Hockey and coaching takes up a huge part of my life and I look forward to every moment I have with the kids on the ice, on the bench and in the dressing room. It is extremely rewarding to see the kids enjoy the game as much as I do and to know that I helped foster or create that passion for the game."

"Kraig has shown several qualities of an outstanding coach for our Atom team," said the individual who nominated Kraig. "He had shown interest in all of the boys’ individual success and continues to focus on helping them reach their goals. One of the things that really stood out was the way he continues to emphasize the importance of being a team player, not just on the ice in a practice or game setting but outside of the rink and in life. He has had several talks with the team about the importance of being respectful, looking out for one another, and being accountable for you’re actions. It is so important to teach our young hockey players life lessons through sports and I think he and the other coaching staff have been doing a great job in reinforcing this. He has been completely dedicated to the team and our team appreciates everything he has brought forward."

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 Alberta Winter Games kick off in Wood Buffalo

FORT MCMURRAY - After months of preparation, the battle for provincial hockey supremacy heats up as the 2018 Alberta Winter Games take place in the region of Wood Buffalo this weekend.

The opening ceremonies are set for today (Friday) with hockey running from February 17-19. Global News will live-stream the opening ceremonies on globalnews.ca, beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Eight teams will compete on the male side, comprised of 2005-born players from across the province, while six teams will compete on the female side, comprised of 2003 and 2004-born players.

Male Rosters > | Female Rosters >

A full schedule for both the male and female competition can be found on the Alberta Winter Games section of the Hockey Alberta website:

Male Schedule & Results > | Female Schedule & Results >

For more information on the 2018 Alberta Winter Games, visit albertasport.ca/alberta-games/winter-games.

Hockey Alberta coordinates the ice hockey portion of the Winter Games, as a core segment of its Development Program. The Winter Games provide players, coaches, trainers and referees an opportunity to discover the great qualities of competitive hockey starting with the zone camp and selection process, through to competing in the Games.

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Registration now open for 2018 Power Edge Pro Skill Development Camps

RED DEER - Male and female players across the province can now take their skill development to the next level with Hockey Alberta’s 2018 Power Edge Pro (PEP) Skill Development Camps.

Hockey Alberta, in partnership with PEP, is offering six skill development camps in April and May in Calgary (two), Grande Prairie, Lloydminster, Red Deer and St. Albert.

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Each camp features Power Edge Pro’s Reactive Countering Training™, a uniquely designed on-ice player development system that focuses on engaging multiple motor skills simultaneously to develop a player’s small area game performance. All patterns are completed while maintaining puck control and are designed to provide five times as many repetitions as standard drill based practices, leading to faster development of elite skills.

Athletes who train with Power Edge Pro include Connor McDavid, John Tavares, Matt Duchene, Jason Spezza, Aaron Ekblad, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Brayden Schenn, Nathan MacKinnon, Morgan Rielly, Sam Steel. PEP has also trained four of the past five WHL draft first overall selections, all of whom have hailed from Alberta.

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Registration now open for the 2018 Hockey Alberta/WHL Skills Camp

RED DEER - A unique skill development opportunity is available to 2004-born male hockey players in Alberta, as Hockey Alberta and the Western Hockey League are co-hosting the fourth annual WHL Skills Camp.

The camp, for U15 players, is set to run June 8-10, 2018 in Calgary. The cost of the camp is $300.

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The WHL Skills Camp provides athletes with the opportunity to learn from an impressive array of instructors, including instructors from the WHL. Participants will be divided into eight teams for the weekend, and participate in a variety of activities, including:

  • Friday: On and Off-Ice Combine testing
  • Saturday: Team Alberta/WHL presentation, Yoga, and two skill sessions.
  • Sunday: one skill session, a dry land session and the event will wrap up with a game officiated by the WHL Officials Development Camp.
  • Goaltenders will also participate in an on and off-ice goaltender session.

The camp will focus on skill development and proper training techniques, and provides athletes with information about the Team Alberta process, information on the WHL, while challenging players to excel on and off the ice.

The maximum capacity for the camp is 160 athletes. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.


For more information, please contact Dustin Moore, Coordinator, Team Alberta

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Midget Elite North, Bantam Elite South win 2018 AFHL Prospects Games

EDMONTON - The 2018 Alberta Female Hockey League Prospects Games were a huge success, with the Midget Elite North and Bantam Elite South teams coming out on top in their respective games.

Both games took place at the NAIT Arena in Edmonton, complete with on-ice goalie and skills sessions, team-building activities, and a fitting booth with one of the day’s sponsors, CCM, giving players the chance to try out various pieces of equipment throughout the day.

In the Midget Elite All-Star game, the North team edged the South 3-2, with goals from Reagan Korber, Madison Porter and Brooklyn Schroeder. Madison Black and Brooke Palin scored for the South.

Midget Elite Prospects Rosters >

It was a tight match-up in the Bantam Elite Prospects Game as well, with the South coming out on top 4-3. Claire Hobbs, Megan Yakiwchuk, Hailey Wiltshire, and Sarah Gaiser scored for the South team, while North got goals from Ardyn Hawryshko (2) and Jenna Goodwin.

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.

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The Alberta Female Hockey League would like to thank all the parents, players and coaches for making the AFHL Prospects games such a success. The AFHL would also like to thank all of the event sponsors: Gatorade Canada, CCM, Two Point Photography and Skate to Excel.

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AFHL January wrap-up

RED DEER - With the first month of 2018 in the books, the Rocky Mountain Raiders (Midget AAA), St. Albert Sharks (Midget Elite), and Calgary Fire White (Bantam Elite) lead their respective leagues.


Midget AAA

Heading into February, the Midget AAA Female standings are:

1) Rocky Mountain Raiders (53 pts)
2) St. Albert Ron Hodgson Slash (46 pts)
3) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (42 pts)
4) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (40 pts)
5) Calgary Fire (20 pts)
6) Edmonton Pandas (6 pts)

It’s a four-way tie atop the Midget AAA leaderboard between Rocky Mountain Raiders forwards Chloe Puddifant, Breanne Trotter, and Nicole Fry, along with Red Deer’s Cassidy Maplethorpe, all with 24 points through four months of play. Trotter and Fry lead the way with 16 goals and 15 assists, respectively.

St. Albert goaltender Brianna Sank is still tops the league with a 1.32 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage, and is tied for the league lead in shutouts (two) with teammate Camryn Drever, Lloydminster’s Molly Mitchell and Red Deer’s Chantelle Sandquist. Rocky Mountain Raiders goalie Stephanie Gross leads all Midget AAA goalies with 10 wins.

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Midget Elite

After four months of play, the Midget Elite standings are:

North Division:
1) St. Albert Sharks (47 pts)
2) Sherwood Park Fury (39 pts)
3) Edmonton Pandas (24 pts)
4) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (22 pts)
5) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (21 pts)
6) North Central Impact (9 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire Red (40 pts)
2) Calgary Fire White (39 pts)
3) Airdrie Lightning (39 pts)
4) Lethbridge Cyclones (23 pts)
5) Rocky Mountain Raiders (17 pts)
6) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (16 pts)

Calgary Fire Red forward Sydney Benko leads the league in goals (19) and points (24), while Peace Country’s Karsyn May leads the way with 12 assists.

St. Albert’s Holly Borrett leads all Midget Elite goaltenders with a 1.02 goals against average, while Edmonton’s Josie-Leah Cardinal remains atop the leaderboard with a .960 save percentage. Airdrie’s Cianna Weir continues to lead the way with 12 wins, while Cardinal and Calgary Fire White netminder Cassidy Brown are tied with four shutouts each.

Airdrie’s Cianna Weir continues to lead Midget Elite goaltenders with 11 wins. St. Albert’s Cecelia Michelutti’s 0.80 goals against average and .960 save percentage are both tops in the league, while Edmonton’s Josie-Leah Cardinal remains atop the leaderboard with a .960 save percentage and fourree shutouts.

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Bantam Elite

In the Bantam Elite division, it has been exciting first few weeks of league play. The Bantam Elite standings heading into November are:

North Division:
1) St. Albert Raiders (44 pts)
2) Sherwood Park Royals (38 pts)
3) Edmonton Pandas (37 pts)
4) North Central Impact (33 pts)
5) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (31 pts)
6) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (25 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (60 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (38 pts)
3) Rocky Mountain Raiders (31 pts)
4) Olds Grizzlys (29 pts)
5) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (21 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (15 pts)

Sherwood Park’s Jenna Goodwin ended January on a strong note, sitting atop the league in goals (20) and points (29), with North Central’s Jacquelyn Fleming leading the way in assists, with 12.

Alexandra Kieren continues her standout season with Calgary White, leading the way with a 0.81 GAA, a .950 save percentage, while St. Albert’s Layla Hood is tied for the league lead in wins (12) with Sherwood Park’s Asia Kachuk. Hood and Kieren both lead the league in shutouts, with 5 apiece.

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AFHL action will be on hold for the first weekend of February, as the AFHL Prospects Games take place on February 3 in Edmonton.

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.