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ATB Alberta Cup Zone Camps Set For This Weekend

Step one in the selection process for the 2015 ATB Alberta Cup begins this weekend at six locations across the province.

Team Alberta Zone Selection camps are being held March 27-29 in Spruce Grove, Vegreville, Edmonton, Calgary, Blackfalds and Strathmore for 2000-born male athletes. From the camps, players will be selected to comprise the rosters of the eight squads that will compete at the ATB Alberta Cup, April 29-May 3 in Canmore.

Teams will be selected to represent the following provincial regions: Northwest, Northeast, Central, and South, with two teams selected in each of Edmonton and Calgary. The selection process is based on player performance during weekend camps.

Staff lists have been finalized, and feature the following volunteers:

Calgary North: director of operations Justin Connelly, coach mentor Craig Perrett, head coach Claude Vilgrain, assistant coaches Kevin Lanes and Terry Sydoryk, and trainer Jacalyn Moore (all from Calgary).

Calgary South: director of operations Jeremy Congo (Calgary), coach mentor Bobby Fox (Calgary), head coach Geoff Oster (Lethbridge), assistant coaches Marian Gmittter and Sean Liddell (Calgary), and trainer Rachel Wiebe (Calgary).

Central: director of operations Ian Tisdale (Eckville), coach mentor Rick Gregory (Wetaskiwin), head coach Alex Mandolidis (Calgary), assistant coaches Chase Fuchs (Calgary) and Scott Holliday (Edmonton), and trainer Aaron Madgett (Olds).

Edmonton Blue: director of operations Mike Cherniwchan (St. Albert), coach mentor Gary Snydmiller (Camrose), head coach Josh Gosling (Calgary), assistant coaches Eli Bruce (Sherwood Park) and Nick Symon (Calgary), and trainer Wade Sadoway (Edmonton).

Edmonton Yellow: director of operations SharleneCritch (Leduc), coach mentor Bram Stephen (Edmonton), head coach Brandon Heck (Camrose), assistant coaches Rob Dellaire (Edmonton) and Shane Maloney (Sherwood Park), and trainer Jen Peters (Ardrossan).

Northeast: director of operations Phil Rowe (Vegreville), coach mentor Kyle Tapp (Lloydminster), head coach Jason Wiwad (Vegreville), assistant coaches KirillChikin (Edmonton) and Brad Huolt (Camrose), and trainer Cameron Chan (Lac La Biche).

Northwest: director of operations Maureen Medori (Spruce Grove), coach mentor Rob Dawson (Edmonton), head coach Matt Keillor (Grande Prairie), assistant coaches Carter Duffin (Red Deer) and Gordon Yake (St. Albert), and trainer KarynFanstone (Drayton Valley).

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Hockey Alberta Provincials – Week Three Results

Six new provincial champions were crowned over the weekend, as the third week of the 2015 Hockey Alberta Provincials wrapped up.

Three Senior teams and one Junior team were presented with a championship banner as they won their provincial tournaments, while the Midget AAA Major and Bantam AAA Female provincial champions were crowned following their playdown series.

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 2015 Hockey Alberta Provincials. Over 400 teams playing in 38 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.

2015 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS

Gold Medal Games:

Senior AA – Nanton Palominos 6, Daysland Northstars 5

Senior A/B Female

A – Grande Prairie 3, Calgary Ice Hawks 2
B – Peace River Sharks 5, Hythe Colts 4
Both winners will attend 2015 Western Shield Women’s Hockey Championship in Stonewall, Manitoba

Junior C

Edmonton Avalanche 8, Sherwood Park Renegades 3

2015 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Bantam AAA Female (AMBFHL) – Edmonton Lightning vs Rocky Mountain Raiders

Results
March 27: Edmonton 3, Rocky Mountain 2 OT
March 28: Rocky Mountain 3, Edmonton 1
March 29: Edmonton 2, Rocky Mountain 1 OT

Edmonton Lightning win best-of-three series, 2-1

Midget AAA Major – CAC Gregg Distributors vs UFA Bisons

Results
March 20: UFA Bisons 4, CAC Gregg Distributors 2
March 22: CAC Gregg Distributors 3, UFA Bisons 2
March 25: UFA Bisons 5, CAC Gregg Distributors 0
March 27: CAC 2, Bisons 1 OT
March 29: Bisons 5, CAC 0

UFA Bisons win best-of-five series tied 3-2, advance to Pacific Regionals against BC Champs

Telus Cup – April 20-26, 2015 – Riviere-du-Loup, Quebec

Senior AAAInnisfail Eagles VS. Bentley Generals

Results
March 14: Bentley 5, Innisfail 2
March 15: Bentley 4, Innisfail 3
March 21: Bentley 4, Innisfail 3
March 22: Bentley 4, Innisfail 1

Bentley wins best-of-seven series 4-0, advance to the Allan Cup

Allan Cup – April 13-18, 2015 – Clarenville, Newfoundland

Bantam AAA (AMBHL) – Rocky Mountain Raiders VS. Fort Saskatchewan Winners Way Rangers

Results
March 14: Rocky Mountain 5, Fort Saskatchewan 4 (OT)
March 15: Fort Saskatchewan 3, Rocky Mountain 2
March 21: Rocky Mountain 4, Fort Saskatchewan 3 (OT)
March 22: Fort Saskatchewan 5, Rocky Mountain 3
March 24: Rocky Mountain 5, Fort Saskatchewan 2

Rocky Mountain Raiders win Best-of-five series 3-2, advance to Western Canada Bantam Championship

Western Canada Bantam Championship – April 2-5, 2015 – Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Week Two Results - Hockey Alberta Provincials

Twenty new provincial champions were crowned on Sunday, as the second week of the 2015 Hockey Alberta Provincials wrapped up.

10 Midget teams, one Bantam team, seven Peewee teams, and one Atom team were presented with a championship banner as they won their provincial tournaments. The Senior AAA Male provincial champions were also crowned following a provincial playdown series. 

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 2015 Hockey Alberta Provincials. Over 400 teams playing in 38 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.

2015 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS

Gold Medal Games

Midget AAA Female – Edmonton Thunder 3, Red Deer Chiefs 1
Minor Midget AAASSAC United Cycle Bulldogs 3, NWCAA Stampeders 1
Midget AA Major – Calgary Royals 4, Red Deer Indy Chiefs 3 (OT)
Midget AA Minor – Calgary Trails West Wolves 4, Calgary Glenlake Hawks 2
Midget A – Wetaskiwin Ice Kings 4, Olds Grizzlys 3
Midget A Female – Calgary Chaos 2, Fort Saskatchewan Fury 0
Midget B – Viking Gas Kings 3, Vermilion Credit Union Tigers 2
Midget B Female – St. Albert Rush 3, Stettler OK Tire Storm 1
Midget C – La Crete Lumberjacks 6, Provost Blades 2
Midget D – Oyen Bees 6, Redwater Rush 3
Bantam AA Minor – Lloydminster Blazers 4, Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 (OT)
Peewee AA Major – St. Albert Sabres 7, Wainwright Polar Kings 6
Peewee AA Minor – Lethbridge Hurricanes 3, Lloydminster Granite Oilfield 2
Peewee A – Strathcona Warriors 3, Okotoks Oilers 2
Peewee B – Blackfalds Bulldogs 5, Drayton Valley Rangers 1
Peewee B Female – Irma Aces 2, Fort Saskatchewan Fury 1
Peewee C – High Prairie Blades 4, Westlock Warriors 2
Peewee D – Big Valley Thunder 11, Raymond Ice 1
Atom Female – Lloydminster Blazers 3, Calgary Jets 1

2015 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAAInnisfail Eagles VS. Bentley Generals

Bentley wins best-of-seven series 4-0, move on to the Allan Cup

Results

March 14: Bentley 5, Innisfail 2
March 15: Bentley 4, Innisfail 3
March 21: Bentley 4, Innisfail 3
March 22: Bentley 4, Innisfail 1

Allan Cup – April 13-18, 2015 – Clarenville, Newfoundland

Bantam AAA (AMBHL) – Rocky Mountain Raiders VS. Fort Saskatchewan Winners Way Rangers

Best-of-five series tied at 2-2

Results
March 14: Rocky Mountain 5, Fort Saskatchewan 4 (OT)
March 15: Fort Saskatchewan 3, Rocky Mountain 2
March 21: Rocky Mountain 4, Fort Saskatchewan 3 (OT)
March 22: Fort Saskatchewan 5, Rocky Mountain 3

Upcoming Games
March 24 : Fort Sask at Rocky Mountain (6:00pm – Scott Seaman Sports Arena)

Western Canada Bantam Championship – April 2-5, 2015 – Winnipeg, Manitoba

Midget AAA Major – CAC Gregg Distributors vs UFA Bisons
Best-of-five series tied 1-1

March 20: UFA Bisons 4, CAC Gregg Distributors 2
March 22: CAC Gregg Distributors 3, UFA Bisons 2

Upcoming Games
March 25: Bisons at CAC (7:45pm – Bill Hunter Arena)
March 27: CAC at Bisons (8:00pm – Strathmore)
March 29 (if necessary): Bisons at CAC (2:15pm – Bill Hunter Arena)

Telus Cup – April 20-26, 2015 – Riviere-du-Loup, Quebec

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Week 1 Results - Hockey Alberta Provincials

Fourteen new provincial champions were crowned on Sunday, as the opening weekend of the 2015 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships came to a close.

Six Atom teams, seven Bantam teams, and one Peewee team were presented with championship banners and gold medals, emblematic of winning a provincial title.

As well, best-of-seven Senior AAA and best-of-five Bantam AAA provincial playdown series are underway with two games played in each of those series.

Throughout the months of March and April, more than 6,000 amateur male and female hockey players, ranging in age divisions from Atom to Senior, will take part in the 2015 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships. Over 400 teams playing in 38 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.

2015 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENTS

Gold Medal Games

Bantam AA Major: Calgary Buffalo Association Blackhawks 3, St. Albert Bears 1
Bantam A: Stettler Storm 6, Stony Plain Predators 3
Bantam B: Barrhead Pirates 3, Vegreville Wranglers 2
Bantam C: St. Paul Canadiens 5, 3C’s Bantam 4 (2OT)
Bantam D: Oyen Bees 7, Manning Comets 0
Bantam A Female: Sherwood Park Squad 3, Okotoks Oilers 0
Bantam B Female: Stettler Storm 4, Lloydminster Blazers 0
Peewee A Female: St. Albert The Hit 3, Olds Grizzlys 1
Atom AA Major: Strathcona Warriors 9, St. Albert Barons 5
Atom AA Minor: Beaumont Braves 5, Chestermere Lakers 4
Atom A: St. Paul Canadiens 5, Strathmore Storm 4
Atom B: Rimbey Renegades 3, Olds Grizzlys 2
Atom C: Bow Island Rebels 4, Marwayne Sled Dogs 3
Atom D: Mayerthorpe Mustangs 10, Picture Butte Blades 4

2015 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAAInnisfail Eagles VS. Bentley Generals

Bentley leads best-of-seven series, 2-0

Results
March 14: Bentley 5, Innisfail 2
March 15: Bentley 4, Innisfail 3

Upcoming Games
March 21: Bentley at Innisfail (7:30pm – Innisfail Twin Arena)
March 22: Bentley at Innisfail (5:00pm – Innisfail Twin Arena)
March 25 (if necessary): Innisfail at Bentley (8:00pm – Red Deer Arena)
April 3 (if necessary): Bentley at Innisfail (8:00pm – Innisfail Twin Arena)
April 4 (if necessary): Innisfail at Bentley (7:00pm – Red Deer Arena)

Allan Cup – April 13-18, 2015 – Clarenville, Newfoundland

Bantam AAA (AMBHL) – Rocky Mountain Raiders VS. Fort Saskatchewan Winners Way Rangers

Best-of-five series tied at 1-1

Results
March 14: Rocky Mountain 5, Fort Saskatchewan 4 (OT)
March 15: Fort Saskatchewan 3, Rocky Mountain 2

Upcoming Games
March 21: Rocky Mountain at Fort Sask (3:30pm – Jubilee Recreation Centre)
March 22: Rocky Mountain at Fort Sask (3:00pm – Jubilee Recreation Centre)
March 24 (if necessary): Fort Sask at Rocky Mountain (6:00pm – Scott Seaman Sports Arena)

Western Canada Bantam Championship – April 2-5, 2015 – Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Coach Of The Month - February

Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for February is Ian Barnett of the Sundre Atom A Huskies!

Ian Barnett is an amazing role model, not only to his players, but to parents and association members alike. His priority is team, on and off the ice, and the boys never leave the room without a positive comment about their effort and attitude. After each practice, game or function, you can hear Ian’s deep, booming voice saying, “Great work gentlemen!” And he truly does treat his players as young gentlemen.

To create a strong team atmosphere, though, Ian has been successful earning their respect. He works with each player to set a short term goal, and a path to reach it, that is achievable for that player’s ability and desires in hockey. These young men are a family and look out for each other.

Ian is also a mentor to his assistant coaches and the junior coach on his staff. Each coach is involved in the function of the team and follow his lead of positive attitude, hard work and respect for all. Each volunteer they come across and each referee gets a thank you in appreciation of their efforts.

For more details on Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month, click here.

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Officials Selected For Canadian Interuniversity Sports National Championships

Hockey Alberta would like to congratulate the following officials who have been selected to officiate the 2015 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Nationals:

  • Tyler Adair, Calgary (Men’s ) – Official
  • Lacey Senuk, Edmonton (Women’s) - Official
  • Shannon Kline, Calgary (Women’s) – Linesmen
  • Erica Holmes, Calgary ( Women’s) – Linesmen
  • Alana Cabana, Edmonton (Womne’s – Linesmen

Hockey Canada selects the officials in conjunction with the CIS, the Canada West Conference as well as provincial ratings sent to Hockey Canada by the Provincial Referee Committee.

The 2015 CIS Men’s Hockey Championship (University Cup) will take place on March 12-15, 2015 in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the Scotiabank Centre.

The University of Alberta Golden Bears (No. 1 Seed) and the University of Calgary Dinos (No. 6 Seed) will represent Canada West at the University Cup.

The 2015 CIS Women’s Hockey Championship will take place on March 12-15, 2015 in Calgary, Alberta at the Markin MacPhail Centre.

The University of Alberta Pandas (No. 3 Seed) and the University of Calgary Dinos (No. 8 Seed/Host) will represent Canada West at the Women’s Hockey Championship.

For more information on either of these events and the CIS, please visit the CIS website.

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Alberta Wins The Silver Medal At The 2015 Canada Winter Games

For the fifth time, Ontario has won the men’s hockey gold medal at the Canada Winter Games, beating Alberta 3-1 in Sunday afternoon’s gold medal game at the CN Centre.

It was Alberta’s fourth silver medal, winning previously in 1971, 1991 and 1995.

Ontario’s, Ryan McLeod opened the scoring eight minutes into the second period, and Nick Suzuki and Zachary Gallant added goals seven minutes apart in the third to give Ontario all the offence it would need. Zane Franklin ended Michael DiPietro’s shutout bid with just two seconds left for the lone Alberta goal.

DiPietro finished with 29 saves in the Ontario goal, while Ian Scott made 33 stops for Alberta.

Alberta won 3-1 in Friday’s semifinal against Manitoba. Kobe Mohr scored in the first period, Ethan McIndoe got the game-winner in the second and Josh Paterson added insurance in the third – all on the power play – to lead Alberta to its fifth win in as many tries. Scott finished with 32 saves to pick up his fourth win of the tournament in the Alberta net.

In the quarterfinal against New Brunswick, Alberta was led by a hat-trick from Jaret Anderson-Dolan, two goals from Logan Mazerolle, and one from Jeremy Klessens, to secure a 6-1 victory. Ian Scott got the win in net.

On Tuesday, Alberta beat Quebec by a score of 5-4 to clinch first place in their Group. Franklin scored what proved to be the winner early in the third period, and Alberta then held off Quebec the rest of the way.

Other goals were scored by Brett Leason, Mohr, Kyle Olson and Josh Paterson. Assists went to Mohr (3), Ian Mitchell (2), Olson, Ty Smith, Klessens, and Mazerolle. Ian Scott picked up the win in net.

In their second preliminary game, Team Alberta won 5-4 over Nova Scotia. Scoring for Alberta were Leason, Franklin, Paterson, Ryan Anderson, and Olson. Assists went to Mitchell, Dylan Plouffe, Anderson-Dolan, Olson and Paterson. Dane Dow was the winning goaltender.

They opened the tournament with a 4-1 victory over Saskatchewan. Alberta goals were scored by Mohr, Mitchell, Anderson-Dolan, and Smith. Assists were credited to Paterson (2), James Hamblin (2), Ryan Peckford, Olson and Franklin. Scott was the winning goaltender.

The men’s hockey tournament at the 2015 Canada Winter Games brought together the top players from across Canada’s provinces and territories born in 1999 or later.