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Ice Times Newsletter

ICE TIMES - Edition 21:04

Hockey Alberta News

THE CANMORE U13 A EAGLES NEED YOUR VOTE

Less than a week remains for Alberta’s hockey community to cast online votes in support of the Canmore Eagles U13A team. The Rockies Hockey League squad is Alberta’s regional finalist in the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup. And if Alberta casts enough votes, the Eagles will earn the $100,000 first prize in support of their selected charitable group - Rocky Mountain Adaptive Program.

CHECK OUT THEIR STORY > | VOTE NOW >


Hockey Alberta News

ONLINE COACH DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY

Hockey Alberta is hosting a free online coach development session covering the topic of Maximizing Athlete Development. Roger Grillo, long time NCAA Division I Coach, will share his perspective on the process of creating and developing athletes on the ice.

REGISTER NOW >


Hockey Alberta News

NORTHSTARS CARES AND HOCKEY ALBERTA FOUNDATION TEAM UP TO SUPPORT HEROS HOCKEY

The Calgary Northstars U15 Players and their families have accepted a challenge to raise $10,000 for the SuperHEROS Program for the upcoming 2021-22 hockey season. This money will allow them to put another team on the ice from their existing wait list. The team, along with the help of The Hockey Alberta Foundation are organizing an online auction that will run the month of February 2021.

VIEW THE AUCTION >


Hockey Alberta News

CENTRE ICE PODCAST - EPISODE SEVEN: GRANT FUHR AND CASSANDRA VILGRAIN

Episode Seven of the Centre Ice Podcast is centred around Black History Month, and celebrating the Albertans who pushed through adversity to achieve success, featuring interviews with Team Alberta alumna Cassandra Vilgrain, and legendary goaltender Grant Fuhr.

LISTEN AND WATCH > | ALL EPISODES >


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HOCKEY FOR LIFE

Alberta’s hockey community is filled with incredible people and incredible stories. Hockey Alberta wants to share your stories and celebrate the hockey community in our province. Submit your own or nominate someone from your community whose story deserves to be told!

DUMBA FAMILY > | DENNIS ZUKIWSKY > | SUBMIT YOUR OWN >


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Join Our Team!

Hockey Alberta is seeking a talented and energetic professional to join the organization as our newest Coordinator, Marketing and Communications.

The Marketing and Communications department provides expertise, leadership, and services to Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation. This includes: website and online digital content, social media, direct communication, media relations, public relations, promotions, graphic design, event planning and execution, photography, and video. Marketing and Communications staff work with internal and external stakeholders, including Hockey Alberta and Hockey Alberta Foundation staff and volunteers, Member organizations, participants, external agencies, Hockey Canada and its Member Branches, the media, and other partners in the hockey community.

Details >

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Coach of the Month - Year End Wrap Up

RED DEER - Do you have a coach that has had a positive impact on your team through the 2020-21 season? Hockey Alberta is still accepting nominations for the Coach of the Month program, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel.

Hockey Alberta is looking to celebrate coaches who showed exceptional leadership, initiative, and innovation during the difficult 2020-21 season. In a year with a long pause, and increased guidelines and responsibilities, coaches have been even more important to the minor hockey experience. Their countless hours and dedication provide the opportunity for over 60,000 kids in Alberta to experience hockey in a safe and fun environment.

Help us recognize a coach in your community by nominating him or her for the Hockey Alberta Coach of the Month, presented by Players Bench Team Apparel.

Nominate a Coach of the Month ›

Selected coaches will receive a coaching package valued at over $500.

Get your nominations in soon! The deadline is Monday, March 22 at 11:59pm.

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The Canmore U13 A Eagles need your vote!

CANMORE – Less than a week remains for Alberta’s hockey community to cast online votes in support of the Canmore Eagles U13A team.

The Rockies Hockey League squad is Alberta’s regional finalist in the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup. And if Alberta casts enough votes, the Eagles will earn the $100,000 first prize in support of their selected charitable group – Rocky Mountain Adaptive Program.

WATCH THE VIDEO > | VOTE NOW >

The announcement of the 11 provincial finalists was made on Saturday by Alberta Hockey Hall of Famer Ron Maclean during the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast.

The team’s coach, Sean Kjemhus, said the players were obviously very excited when the announcement was made. Having the chance to win the Good Deeds Cup is something that would benefit the entire community because of the work that Rocky Mountain Adaptive does throughout the region.

The charity was chosen through a vote by the players,” said Kjemhus. “They felt the Rocky Mountain Adaptive Program was a super cool initiative to give access to all sports for those who are disabled, and it was right here in our community.

RMA offers over 20 different adaptive sport and recreational activities, catering to entry level participants, developing competitive athletes and everyone in between. RMA provides private lessons, supported experiences, multi-day programs and camps, equipment rentals, as well as programming to Disability Groups. During the winter season, they offer an elite training program to aspiring para-athletes. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Kjemhus noted that fundraising opportunities and grants have been limited for Rocky Mountain Adaptive. Winning the Good Deeds Cup would allow the Eagles to help with the purchase of new equipment such as sit skis, and hand trikes, and help reduce RMA’s costs of operating their individual and group programs.

The Good Deeds Cup is open to teams across Canada in the U11, U13 and U15 age divisions. In previous years, teams would submit a video of a good deed they had carried out involving a local charity. This season, due to COVID-19, teams were asked to submit a video via Twitter talking about their charitable group, and how they would spend $100,000 if they won the Good Deeds Cup.

Voting is open and continues until February 24. You can vote once a day. The winner will be announced on March 23.

For more information on the Canmore Eagles U13A team and Rocky Mountain Adaptive, check out the story in the Rocky Mountain Outlook, or follow on Twitter at Canmore Eagles or Rocky Mountain Adaptive.

Thanks again for the province wide support.  Please be sure to tag #GoodDeedsCup and us @CanmoreA and @RockyMtnAdaptiv when you can.

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Full guidelines for hockey activities in Step 1

Step 1 of the Government of Alberta’s A Path Forward allows specific hockey activity to occur. Children and youth are allowed to participate in limited team sport activities, subject to mandatory restrictions as outlined by the Government of Alberta.

  • All participants must be 18 years old or younger, except coaches/ instructors.
  • Practices are allowed for indoor and outdoor training.
    • Games are not allowed.
  • Physical distancing must be maintained at all times between all groups and all participants (players, coaches/ instructors) in each group at all times:
    • 3-metres physical distance for indoor activities
    • 2-metres physical distance for outdoor activities
  • An indoor ice surface can be split (use physical dividers wherever possible), allowing for two groups of 10 to be active on the ice at the same time. See Children’s Sport and Performance Activities tab.

Full guidelines and requirements can be found in the updated version of Hockey Alberta’s Return to Hockey Plan - Hockey’s Path Forward.

HOCKEY’S PATH FORWARD PLAN >

RETURN TO HOCKEY PAGE >

Centre Ice Podcast

Centre Ice Podcast - Episode Seven: Black History Month

Episode Seven of the Centre Ice Podcast is centred around Black History Month, and celebrating the Albertans who pushed through adversity to achieve success, featuring interviews with Team Alberta alumna Cassandra Vilgrain, and legendary goaltender Grant Fuhr.


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Episode Links: Hockey’s Path Forward > | The Story of John Utendale > | Female Hockey Day Sessions > | AEHL Rinkside >

More Episodes >


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!

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Junior and Senior Leagues conclude games

Hockey Alberta and its Senior and Junior leagues unanimously decided to conclude all regular league play for the remainder of the 2020-21 season during a meeting held on February 8.

While league play is concluded for this season, the opportunity for Teams to return to on-ice activity at some point remains a possibility. In the Government of Alberta’s “A Path Forward”, Step 3 outlines the potential return of ‘adult team sports’ which could potentially occur in mid to late March.

Hockey Alberta will continue to work closely with government representatives to explore all options that could allow players to return to on-ice activity.

The decision applies to the following leagues:

Senior Leagues

  • North Peace Hockey League
  • North Central Hockey League
  • Sask-Alta Hockey League
  • East Central Senior Hockey League
  • Ranchland Hockey League

Junior Leagues

  • North West Junior Hockey League
  • North Eastern Alberta Junior B Hockey League
  • Capital Junior Hockey League
  • Heritage Junior Hockey League
  • Hockey Calgary Junior B and C
  • Noralta Junior Hockey League
  • Alberta Junior Female Hockey League

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Hockey’s Path Forward – Step 1 Update

Finally, a glimpse of good news for the hockey community in Alberta.

Under Step 1 of the Government of Alberta’s “A Path Forward”, updates provided by the Government on Saturday, February 6 have provided some positive news for Hockey Alberta and our Members.

Children and youth are allowed to participate in limited team sport activities in Step 1, subject to certain mandatory restrictions as outlined on the Government’s A Path Forward webpage.

For Hockey’s Path Forward, effective Monday, February 8, practices are allowed for indoor and outdoor training. Please note, games are not allowed and the maximum number of participants is 10 (including coaches and trainers).

An indoor arena ice surface can be divided in half, and two groups of 10 can participate in on-ice activities at the same time. Each group and all participants in each group must maintain at least three metres physical distancing from each other at all times. Wherever possible, physical barriers should be used to divide the ice surface.

It is imperative that during Step 1 any organization or team hosting activities must be diligent in adhering to all public health requirements – including physical distancing and maximum participant limit requirements – outlined in the Public Health Order.

Full details are outlined in Information Bulletin 20-13, and Information Bulletin 20-14. There is also an FAQ document, and some suggestions on how to set up sessions on a split ice surface. This information will be posted to Hockey Alberta’s Return to Hockey webpage and updated regularly as required.

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Registration Fee reduction for 2020-21

RED DEER - Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta are providing a reduction for the 2020-21 season in the annual registration fees collected.

The current fee structure sees the assessment of a Team or Program Fee as well as a Participant Fee of $47.80 per player and team official ($46.80 for Intro to Hockey, Rec/Pond Hockey and Sledge Hockey). Of the Participant Fee, Hockey Alberta’s portion is $24.00 ($23.00 for Intro to Hockey), with the remainder of that fee going to Hockey Canada for its participant fee and insurance. For Junior and Senior teams, depending on the level of hockey, there may be an additional insurance assessment related to half shields, full cages or supplementary medical/ dental.

Hockey Alberta has decided to reduce the overall fees charged by removing $7.00 from the Participant Fee. As well, Hockey Canada is reducing its assessment and insurance fee by $15.71.

For full details on the Registration Fee reduction, please review the following Information Bulletins:

- Information Bulletin 20-11: Minor Hockey, Rec/ Pond Hockey, Sledge Hockey
- Information Bulletin 20-12: Junior and Senior Teams

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ICE TIMES - Edition 21:03

Hockey Alberta News

FEMALE HOCKEY DAY SHOWS #WHYWEPLAY

Nearly 300 female hockey players, parents, coaches, and supporters gathered on Zoom over the weekend to engage and learn from accomplished speakers and panelists. All sessions were recorded and can be accessed below.

WATCH RECORDED SESSIONS >


Hockey Alberta News

ONLINE COACH DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY

Hockey Alberta is hosting a free online coach development session covering the topic of Deceptive Tactics for Defensemen. Zach McCullough of Apex Hockey Training and the Barrie Jr. Colts will take you through theories and strategies to help your defensemen add deceptive techniques on retrievals and offensive zone blueline walks.

REGISTER NOW >

Hockey Alberta News

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: THE STORY OF JOHN UTENDALE

On February 26, 2020, the Provincial Archives of Alberta published a Facebook post that asked the following question:“Did you know that Edmonton-born John Utendale; was the first Black hockey player to sign a contract with the NHL?”

READ JOHN’S STORY >


Hockey Alberta News

HOCKEY FOR LIFE

Alberta’s hockey community is filled with incredible people and incredible stories. Hockey Alberta wants to share your stories and celebrate the hockey community in our province. Submit your own or nominate someone from your community whose story deserves to be told!

RADKE FAMILY > | CAM MOON > | SUBMIT YOUR OWN >


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Home Ice Feature

Black History Month - The Story of John Utendale

On February 26, 2020, the Provincial Archives of Alberta published a Facebook post that asked the following question:

“Did you know that Edmonton-born John Utendale; was the first Black hockey player to sign a contract with the NHL?”

That National Hockey League contract was signed with the Detroit Red Wings in 1955, three years before Willie O’Ree broke the NHL’s colour barrier in 1958 with the Boston Bruins. Utendale attended three or four camps with the Wings, skating with the likes of Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio and Red Kelly.

Utendale never played for the Red Wings, instead seeing action with Wings’ farm team, the Edmonton Flyers.

But O’Ree has been quoted, including in a 2018 article in The Undefeated, that it could easily have been Utendale, or O’Ree’s Boston teammate Stan Maxwell, or Herb Carnegie or Art Dorrington who could have the NHL’s first black player.

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According to an Edmonton Journal article in 2006, as a youth and teenager, Utendale played on the outdoor city rinks in Edmonton while playing peewee, bantam and midget hockey. His post-minor hockey career started with the Edmonton Oil Kings, prior to his historic signing with the Red Wings. After that, he played three seasons with the Flyers, followed by a couple of seasons where he moved east, playing for teams such as the Windsor Bulldogs and North Bay Trappers (Ontario Senior league), Quebec Aces (Quebec Hockey League), and Sudbury Wolves (Eastern Professional Hockey League).

In his 1958-59 part-season (five games) with the Aces, Utendale would be joined by O’Ree and Maxwell, where they played together on “The Black Line.” And it is believed Utendale was only the fourth black player to play Senior A hockey in Ontario, joining Herb and Ossie Carnegie and Manny McIntyre

He eventually returned to western Canada, getting married to Maryan “Mickey” Maddison Leonard in 1959, and starting his university education. Utendale earned his teaching certificate from the University of British Columbia in 1961, and then enrolled at the University of Alberta, earning his Bachelor of Education degree in two years. He worked for three years at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), when that school was being established in the mid-1960s, becoming the school’s first Director of Physical Education and coaching the men’s hockey team (1966-67).

Throughout the 1960s, until his on-ice career ended in 1969, Utendale was still playing, including stints with the Ponoka Stampeders, Edmonton Nuggets and Edmonton Monarchs, along with the Spokane Jets (Western International Hockey League).

John Utendale

Had his story ended here, Utendale would already have established himself as a significant figure in the history of the sport of hockey.

But a sentence included in his obituary, published in the Edmonton Journal following his death in 2006, illustrates that hockey really was a lifelong passion for Utendale:

“John’s career was a story of diversity from professional hockey player to professor.”

With the conclusion of his playing career in 1969, Utendale’s focus shifted to what would be a long and influential career in post-secondary education.

He earned his Master’s degree at Eastern Washington State College, and was hired at Washington State University. During his three years at WSU he was academic coordinator for the athletic department, a member of the Washington State Human Rights commission, taught a course in the black studies department and coached little league baseball, all while earning his Doctorate in Education.

Dr. Utendale then joined Western Washington State College (now University), becoming the first black faculty member of the Woodring College of Education. For a quarter century, he headed the Student Personnel Administration graduate program, dramatically increasing the number of minority students at the school. Utendale was nationally recognized for his academic work, and moved into full professorship, becoming one of the few minor faculty members with tenure. He also held numerous positions in the Washington state community, including leading the Higher Education Administration.

But hockey always played a significant role in Utendale’s life. During his time as an educator, he was involved in hockey at the local, post-secondary and regional levels in Washington State. He helped found the Bellingham Area Minor Hockey Association and the city’s junior team (which he also coached), coached the Western Washington University Vikings team, and served as Western Regional Director for the Amateur Hockey Association of the U.S.

He was also an assistant training coach with the U.S. Olympic team in 1980, becoming the first black member of the coaching staff of the men’s hockey team. That team won gold at the “Miracle on Ice” Lake Placid Olympics.

John Utendale was born in Edmonton in 1937. He retired from Western Washington University in 2001, and he died in Bellingham, Washington in 2006.

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AAA, AA, Tiered league games concluded for 2020-21 season

Hockey Alberta, in conjunction with its Leagues that oversee Tiered, AAA and AA hockey, has concluded regular league play for the remainder of the 2020-21 season. The decision was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon.

While youth leagues play is concluded for this season, Hockey Alberta continues to focus on working with our Members to explore all options that could comprise a spring development season when Step 2 of the Government of Alberta’s “A Path Forward” (announced on Friday) comes into effect. Hockey Alberta will be working closely with those organizations that have access to facilities and/or have players interested in playing to ensure that those who are interested in playing can have that opportunity, when our sport is allowed back on the ice.

The Government’s announcement provided a four-step timeline for when business and other activities – such as hockey and other team/ youth sports – could be allowed to return to operations. Transition from one step to another will be based on provincial hospitalization numbers. Step 1 starts on February 8. The earliest hockey could return would be March 1.

Hockey Alberta is disappointed by the Government’s announcement. Our senior leadership team has been involved in ongoing discussions on what a safe and inclusive relaunch plan could look like for our sport. Hockey Alberta will continue working with government and health officials to develop a relaunch plan that allows for hockey activities and keeps our youth active for their physical and mental well-being.
The Minor leagues decision applies to the following leagues:

  • Central Alberta Hockey League (CAHL)
  • North East Alberta Hockey League (NEAHL)
  • Northern Alberta Interlock (NAI)
  • All Peace Hockey League (APHL)
  • Rocky Mountain Female Hockey League (RMFHL)
  • East Central Alberta Female Hockey League (ECAFHL)
  • South Central Alberta Hockey League (SCAHL)
  • Northern Alberta Hockey League (NAHL)
  • Hockey Calgary
  • Edmonton Federation Hockey League (EFHL)
  • Rural & Edmonton Minor Hockey League (REMHL)
  • Rockies Hockey League (RHL)
  • Alberta Elite Hockey League (AEHL)
  • Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL)

Junior B, C, and Female and Senior leagues have set February 8 as their target for determining if continuing to plan league play is sustainable.

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2021 Female Hockey Day shows #WhyWePlay

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta hosted the third annual (but first-ever virtual) Female Hockey Day on January 30-31.

Nearly 300 female hockey players, parents, coaches, and supporters gathered on Zoom over the weekend to engage and learn from accomplished speakers and panelists. Topics covered included nutrition for athletes, Team Alberta, opportunities in hockey, being active at home, mental skills & goal setting, Team Canada, and mobility.

All sessions were recorded and will be posted on Hockey Alberta’s YouTube soon. You can view clips of the weekend on Hockey Alberta’s Instagram.

2021 Female Hockey Day was Fuelled by Gatorade and presented by our friends at ATB Financial.