RED DEER - Six months of regular season and tournament action, including up to six weeks of games in Zone playdowns, culminates this month, as teams prepare to “March to a title” at the 2016 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.
Tournament action will determine the majority of the 2016 provincial champions. Twelve titles will be awarded on March 13. March 20 will see another 14 champions crowned. Seven more champions will be determined on March 27, and the final tournament champ will be crowned on April 3. Tournament champions will emerge from a weekend of round-robin pool play and playoff action in their respective tournaments.
The slate of provincial championship tournaments starts this weekend, March 4-6, with Senior Female in Grande Prairie.
Provincial championships set for March 10-13 include: Midget A (Stettler), Midget B (Springbank), Midget C (Oyen), Midget D (Provost), Midget Female A (Olds), Midget Female B (Camrose), Peewee A (Foothills), Peewee B (Drayton Valley), Peewee C (Rimbey), Peewee D (Boyle), Peewee Female A (St. Albert) and Peewee Female B (Edmonton).
Provincial championships set for March 17-20 include: Bantam AA (Taber), Bantam A (Beaumont), Bantam B (Drumheller), Bantam C (High Prairie), Bantam D (High Level), Bantam Female A (Edmonton), Bantam Female B (Hinton), Atom AA Major (Edmonton), Atom AA Minor (Bonnyville), Atom A (Lacombe), Atom B (Vegreville), Atom C (Grimshaw), Atom D (Duchess), and Atom Female (Innisfail).
Provincial championships set for March 23/24-27 include: Senior AA (Nanton), Junior C (Edmonton), Minor Midget AAA (Calgary), Midget AA (Calgary), Midget Female AAA (Grande Prairie), Bantam Female AAA (St. Albert), and Peewee AA (Fort McMurray).
Provincial championship host locations were awarded in mid-December, and in the ensuing months, organizing committees in communities across Alberta have been busy securing local sponsors, organizing opening ceremonies, confirming teams and schedules, ordering souvenirs and player gifts, arranging for accommodations, and numerous other tasks to ensure that the participating teams have a memorable experience.
In addition to the on-ice action, several communities will participate in the second year of the Tundra True Spirit of Hockey Day, a partnership between Tundra Process Solutions Ltd. and Hockey Alberta to celebrate a shared love for hockey and the community that supports the sport.
In conjunction with the Provincial Championship tournament hosts in these communities, a local school is hosting a number of fun activities, allowing students to learn about hockey, and the teamwork and friendships that can be generated in the sport. Participating communities are: Springbank, Oyen, Taber, High Prairie, High Level, Fort McMurray, Foothills, Drayton Valley, Grimshaw, Lacombe, Duchess, and Innisfail.