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Investors Group Hockey Alberta Provincials Kick Off Around The Province

The 2012 Investors Group Hockey Alberta Provincials kick off on Friday, March 9 with the Senior B Female provincial championship tournament in Banff and the Senior AAA provincial championship playdown series between the Horse Lake Chiefs and Stony Plain Eagles.

SENIOR B FEMALE – MARCH 9-11, 2012 – Bow Valley (Banff)
Calgary Raiders @ Bow Valley Grizzlies
New Sarepta Hellions @ Lloydminster Shooters
Peace River Sharks @ Grovedale Vipers
Hythe Colts @ Athabasca Purple Panthers

9-Mar Fri Horse Lake @ Stony Plain 8:30 P.M.
10-Mar Sat Horse Lake @ Stony Plain 7:30 P.M.
16-Mar Fri Stony Plain @ Horse Lake 7:30 P.M.
17-Mar Sat Stony Plain @ Horse Lake 7:30 P.M.
If Necessary
23-Mar Fri Horse Lake @ Stony Plain 8:30 P.M.
25-Mar Sun Stony Plain @ Horse Lake 3:00 P.M
31-Mar Sat Horse Lake @ Stony Plain 7:30 P.M

Throughout the months of March and April, more than 6000 amateur male and female hockey players, ranging in age divisions from Atom to Senior, will take part in the 2012 Investors Group Hockey Alberta Provincials. Over 400 teams playing in 42 provincial championship tournaments and six provincial championship playdown series will hit the ice across the province to battle it out for their respective provincial titles.

“This is the largest Hockey Alberta event our members take part in and we wish everyone the best of luck in pursuit of a provincial championship,” said Rob Virgil, president, Hockey Alberta. “These are the top teams in each age category and division from all corners of the province and each player and coach should be very proud for making it this far. I know it will be a memorable experience for everyone involved.”

In addition to the Provincial title, teams in the minor hockey category can also strive for another goal, the Source for Sports Play SMART Team Award. The team selected for the Play SMART award will be the team that best reflects the philosophy of Play SMART (Shaping Minds, Attitudes and Respect Together). Play SMART is a program that encourages all participants to take responsibility and ownership in making the game of hockey an enjoyable experience for everyone.

Hockey Alberta is thrilled to once again have Investors Group as the title sponsor for Provincials for the tenth consecutive year.

“Investors Group is an excellent community partner with a longstanding commitment to youth and sport,” said Hockey Alberta’s Senior Manager of Business Development, Scott Robinson. “This partnership assists Hockey Alberta in ensuring the Investors Group Hockey Alberta Provincials will be an unforgettable experience each year for not only the athletes, but the parents, coaches, fans and host communities.”

Hockey Alberta is also pleased to have Insurance Brokers Association of Alberta, Source for Sports and Elite Sportswear and Awards as official sponsors and suppliers to the provincial championships.


Team Alberta North Male And Female Teams Win Gold At 2012 Arctic Winter Games

Team Alberta North Bantam Male and Team Alberta North Junior Female teams both captured gold medals at the 2012 Arctic Winter Games Sunday in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Gold Medal Game – Bantam Male
Team Alberta North (13) vs. Team Northwest Territories (6)

Gold Medal Game – Junior Female
Team Alberta North (5) vs. Team Alaska (2)

Team Yukon defeated Team Northwest Territories 2-1 for the gold medal in the midget male category. Team Alberta North did not enter a team in the midget male category this year.

The Arctic Winter Games are the world’s largest northern multi-sport and cultural event. The Games include the participation of teams from Alaska, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Alberta North, Nunavut, Greenland, Yamal, Nunavik, Quebec and Sapmi.

The Arctic Winter Games are a celebration of athletic competition, culture, friendship and cooperation between northern contingents. Athletic competition features sports that enjoy worldwide popularity alongside traditional Arctic Sports and Dene Games.


AHHF Member, Dale Henwood Inducted To Alberta Sports Hall Of Fame

Dale Henwood
2012 Multisport Builder, Red Deer

Dale Henwood has devoted his life to sport development and excellence in Alberta, and to making sport in Canada better. Henwood was the very first Technical Director for Hockey Alberta and the first employee to open Hockey Alberta’s old office in the North of Red Deer. A university and Olympic hockey coach from 1984-88, his career switched to a sport administrative role in the mid 1980s, with the Alberta Hockey Association and then the Alberta Sport Council. In 1994, Dale became President of the Canadian Sport Centre in Calgary. Through his dedicated leadership, the CSCC has created a world class team of experts (coaches, athletes, sport scientists, medical and administrative support), ensuring that Canada’s top athletes training in Alberta have what they need to reach the international podium.

He was inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008.