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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Four Results

Ten more teams skated away with championship banners as week four of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial came to a close this weekend.

Eight gold medals were handed out through provincial tournaments on Sunday. The winning teams are: The Daysland Northstars (Senior AA), Edmonton Avalanche (Junior C), Sherwood Park Squires (Minor Midget AAA), Calgary Royals Gold (Midget AA), Stettler Storm (Midget A), Rocky Mountain Raiders (Midget Female AAA), EGHA Lightning (Bantam Female AAA), and the Beaumont Braves (Peewee AA).

Two more championships were decided by league playoffs over the weekend, with the Bentley Generals (Senior AAA) and the Lloydminster Bandit Pipeline Bobcats (Midget AAA) coming away with gold medals.

Fort McMurray kicked off their provincial tournament by hosting the final Tundra True Spirit of Hockey Day, a partnership between Hockey Alberta and Tundra Process Solutions to celebrate a shared love for hockey and the community that supports the sport.

Just one more provincial title remains up for grabs, as the Red Deer Vipers get set to host the Junior B Provincials on March 31 - April 3, which will be the last ever event in the Red Deer Arena.


2016 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS

Gold Medal Games

Senior AA - Daysland Northstars 3 - Nanton Palominos 0
Junior C - Edmonton Avalanche 5 - Edmonton NEZ Northstars 2
Minor Midget AAA - Sherwood Park Squires 6 - Leduc Oil Kings 3
Midget AA - Calgary Royals Gold 3 - CBHA Rangers 1
Midget A - Stettler Legion Storm 6 - Barrhead Steelers 5
Midget Female AAA - Rocky Mountain Raiders 2 - Calgary Fire 1
Bantam Female AAA - EGHA Lightning 3 - Rocky Mountain Raiders 2 (OT)
Peewee AA - Beaumont Braves 7 - Strathcona Warriors 0

2016 Champions Photos


PREVIOUS RESULTS

Week One Results | Week Two Results | Week Three Results


2016 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA - Stony Plain Eagles VS. Bentley Generals
Bentley wins best-of-seven series 4-1

Game One: Stony Plain 1 @ Bentley 4
Game Two:
Bentley 2 @ Stony Plain 6
Game Three:
Stony Plain 1 @ Bentley 4
Game Four
: Bentley 7 @ Stony Plain 4
Game Five: Stony Plain 4 @ Bentley 5 (OT)

Allan Cup - April 11-16, 2016 - Steinbach, Manitoba


Midget AAA - Lloydminster Bandit Pipeline Bobcats vs. Foothills CFR Chemical Bisons
Lloydminster wins best-of-five series 3-0

Game One: Foothills 0 @ Lloydminster 10
Game Two:
Foothills 0 @ Lloydminster 5
Game Three: Lloydminster 3 @ Foothills 0

Telus Cup - April 18-24, 2016 - Quispamsis, New Brunswick


Bantam AAA - Lethbridge Val Matteoti Golden Hawks vs. Sherwood Park United Cycle Flyers
Lethbridge wins best-of-five series 3-0

Game One: Lethbridge 3 @ Sherwood Park 0
Game Two: Lethbridge 4
@ Sherwood Park 3
Game Three: Sherwood Park 3 @ Lethbridge 4

Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship - March 30 - April 3, 2016 - Okotoks, Alberta

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2016 Alberta Cup rosters announced

RED DEER - The rosters have been announced for Hockey Alberta’s 2016 Alberta Cup.

Eight teams will take to the ice at the Canmore Recreation Centre April 28-May 1. The teams include two from each of Calgary and Edmonton, and one each representing the South, Central, Northeast and Northwest zones of the province.

Twenty 2001-born players comprise each roster, along with volunteers serving as head coach, assistant coaches, trainer, and director of operations. Rosters were selected based on performances at zone camps held March 25-27 throughout the province.

The 2016 Alberta Cup marks the 30th Anniversary of the very first Alberta Cup which was held in Edmonton in 1986.

2016 Alberta Cup Rosters

The teams will play in a four-day, tournament-format competition. The event also features an education seminar hosted by the Western Hockey League (WHL).

“The coaching staffs were faced with some very difficult decisions when it came to selecting the 20 players for each team. For the athletes who have earned a roster spot, congratulations. But the work is just beginning, not just for this edition of the Alberta Cup, but also in the competition to earn a spot on the Team Alberta squad that will compete later this year,” said Michael Kraichy, Hockey Alberta’s manager of Team Alberta.

Eighty players will be invited to the U16 Male Provincial Camp in July. This year, players are also vying for spots on Team Alberta at the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup in October in Calgary.

Alberta Cup graduates include Matt Dumba, Braden Holtby, Jay Bouwmeester, Dion Phaneuf, Scott Hartnell, Jordan Eberle, Devan Dubnyk, and Andrew Ference.

Click here for more information on the Alberta Cup.

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Twelve Alberta officials assigned to Western Canada Bantam Championships

Hockey Alberta is proud to announce the 12 officials that have been selected to officiate at the Western Canada Bantam Championships this week in Okotoks.

The 12 officials are:

Curtis Johanson - NC Zone Michelle Barry - Central Zone
Ty Elliot - NC Zone Matt Dewald - Central Zone
Brandon Cimino - North Zone Aiden Forester - Central Zone
Darian Taileur - North Zone Tyler Watson - Central Zone
Thomas Siepp - NE Zone Jayden Paul - Central Zone
Kyle Klenk - NE Zone Todd Layton - Central Zone

Hockey Alberta and the Officiating Committee would like to congratulate each official on their selection.

The Western Canada Bantam Championships run March 31 - April 3 in Okotoks. Click here for the tournament’s website.

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Don’t Miss A Minute Of The Senior AA Provincials

When the Nanton Palominos host the Senior AA portion of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial this weekend, you can catch every game from the comfort of your own home.

The Palominos will have multiple cameras set up in the Tom Hornecker Rec Centre to broadcast all Senior AA games live on the internet. Click here to access the live stream.

For the full Senior AA schedule, and for results and stats, click here.

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Okotoks welcomes the Western Canada Bantam championships

OKOTOKS - Eilte Bantam AAA hockey players in Western Canada will be converging in Okotoks and the Pason Centennial Centre for the Western Canada Bantam Championships, March 30-April 3.

This prestigious event features elite level 13 and 14-year-old male players in Western Canada, many of whom will be drafted in the upcoming 2016 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. Five teams, representing all four western provinces, will compete in a round-robin format tournament starting March 31. The top two teams advance to the championship final on Sunday afternoon.

Alberta will be represented by two teams. The Lethbridge Val Matteoti Golden Hawks are the Alberta champions, after sweeping Sherwood Park in three games to win the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League title. Lethbridge will be joined by the host Rocky Mountain Raiders.

Other teams representing their respective provinces are: Winnipeg Monarchs (Manitoba), Yorkton Xerox Terriers (Saskatchewan) and Burnaby Winter Club (British Columbia).

“The Town of Okotoks and the Host Committee are very proud to host the 2016 Western Canadian Bantam Hockey Championships,” said Travis Thiessen, co-chair of the event. “This tournament is known for its prestigious role in the development of elite hockey players as they chase their hockey dreams and we are honoured for the opportunity to host the western province representatives and promote our town in putting on this event.”

Action gets underway on Thursday, March 31 with Yorkton and the Raiders opening the tournament at 9 am. Lethbridge faces Winnipeg at 11:45. All games are at the Pason Centennial Arena. The remainder of the tournament schedule is:

Thursday, March 31

  • 9:00 am: Rocky Mountain vs Yorkton
  • 11:45 am: Lethbridge vs Winnipeg
  • 2:30 pm: Yorkton vs Burnaby
  • 5 pm: Opening Ceremonies
  • 5:45 pm: Winnipeg vs Rocky Mountain

Friday, April 1

  • 9 am: Burnaby vs Lethbridge
  • 11:45 am: Yorkton vs Winnipeg
  • 2:30 pm: Rocky Mountain vs Lethbridge

Saturday, April 2

  • 9 am: Winnipeg vs Burnaby
  • 11:45 am: Lethbridge vs Yorkton
  • 2:30 pm: Burnaby vs Rocky Mountain

Sunday, April 3

  • 10 am: Third Place Game, 4th vs 3rd
  • 1 pm: Championship Final, 2nd vs 1st

There also will be special events on Friday and Saturday evening, each of which have a limited number of tickets available to the public.

On Friday, April 1, the ATB Hot Stove Lounge will be held at the Okotoks Best Western Plus. The event starts at 6 pm, and features former NHLers Rob Brown, Rhett Warrener and Jason Wiemer. Tickets are $125 each or $800 for a table of eight, and are available by contacting Travis Thiessen at [email protected].

On Saturday, April 2, the tournament banquet will be held at the Foothills Centennial Centre. The event starts at 6:30 pm, and sponsored by the Western Hockey League. Tickets are $45, and available by contacting Marilyn Andrews at [email protected].

For updated results, tournament information, or to purchase game tickets, go to the tournament website at: http://okotoksbantamchampionship2016.ramp190.com/.

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Bauer, Hockey Canada Look To Double The First Shift Next Season

CALGARY- Building on the growing success of The First Shift - a learn-to-play hockey program for kids aged 6-10 - Bauer Hockey and Hockey Canada looking to double the number of programs it delivers across the country next season.

With an emphasis on fun, The First Shift allows kids ages 6-10 to easily try hockey for $199, which includes enrollment for a six-week, on-ice curriculum and head-to-toe BAUER equipment that each child can keep. The initiative began in 2012 with four pilot programs in Ontario and Nova Scotia, expanded the following year to 40 programs, and doubled to 80 programs delivered in the 2015-16 hockey season.

“To-date, we’ve introduced more than 4,600 players to the game through The First Shift,” said Mary-Kay Messier, senior director, strategic brand initiatives and partnerships, Bauer Hockey. “The popularity of the program continues to grow for kids and their families, with many of programs having to turn kids away and reaching capacity registration in a matter of days. We’re looking to just about double the number of programs we deliver next season, with a target of 150 The First Shift programs for the 2016-17 season.”

The First Shift was created with the goal of creating an exceptional first experience in hockey not only for young players, but for their entire family.

Based on surveys of families and parents whose children participated in The First Shift, 86 per cent of First Shift participants re-enroll into hockey in the First Shift Transition program, 100 per cent of parents said their kids had fun, and 100 per cent of parents would recommend the program to a friend.

Minor hockey associations asked to register now to bring The First Shift to their community

The First Shift is delivered through minor hockey associations (MHAs) across Canada in partnership with Bauer Hockey and Hockey Canada, and relies on volunteer coaches and program administrators to succeed. MHAs interested in applying to bring The First Shift to their community next year are asked to apply now for both fall and winter 2016-17 sessions.

Part of the responsibilities of the MHAs participating in The First Shift include the provision of two blocks of six successive ice sessions on the same day of the week at the same time each day; a space to host the Welcome Event; a commitment to attend program education sessions; and the ability to provide resource personnel to support the delivery of The First Shift program.

“Hockey Canada wants to see more Canadians enjoying the many benefits of hockey - from its ability to support healthy, active lifestyles, to its inherent social outlet and the many life-skills learned from playing in a team environment,” said Paul Carson, vice-president of membership development at Hockey Canada. “Working with Bauer Hockey, The First Shift was developed to specifically meet the needs of those families who are new to hockey and want a fun way for their children to first experience the game.”

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Three Results

Another busy weekend of Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, came to a close on Sunday, with 14 teams claiming championship banners.

As the weekend wrapped up, seven Bantam teams and seven Atom teams skated away with gold medals: Beaumont Braves (Bantam AA), Edmonton SWZ Oil Kings (Bantam A), Cold Lake (Bantam B), High Prairie (Bantam C), Foremost Flyers (Bantam D), Lethbridge (Bantam Female A), Lacombe Lacoka (Bantam Female B), Springbank Rockies (Atom AA Major), Stony Plain Predators (Atom AA Minor), Olds Grizzlys (Atom A), Sundre Huskies (Atom B), Grimshaw (Atom C), Winfield Mighty Ducks (Atom D), and Okotoks (Atom Female).

The Bantam Female B event saw one of the longest gold medal games in provincial history - nearly seven full periods - before Lacombe prevailed over Lloydminster.

The Bantam AAA title was also decided over the weekend, with the Lethbridge Val Matteoti Golden Hawks sweeping the championship series against the Sherwood Park United Cycle Flyers three games to none. Lethbridge will now advance to the Western Canada Bantam AAA Championships in Okotoks.

In conjunction with the provincials, seven more host communities celebrated Tundra True Spirit of Hockey Day, an ongoing partnership between Hockey Alberta and Tundra Process Solutions to celebrate the love of the game at local schools.

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). Fort McMurray will kick off its tournament by hosting the 13th and final Tundra True Spirit of Hockey Day.


2016 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS

Gold Medal Games


Bantam AA - Beaumont Braves 5 - Taber Golden Suns 4 (OT)
Bantam A - Edmonton SWZ Oil Kings 4 - Lake Bonavista Breakers 2
Bantam B - Cold Lake 4 - Stony Plain 2
Bantam C - High Prairie 6 - Vermilion 3
Bantam D - Foremost Flyers 5 - Rocky Raiders 1
Bantam Female A - Lethbridge 2 - Edmonton 1 (OT)
Bantam Female B - Lacombe Lacoka 3 - Lloydminster Lloyd Mall 2 (4OT)
Atom AA Major - Springbank Rockies 7 - St. Albert Lightning 4
Atom AA Minor - Stony Plain Predators 5 - Fort Sask Rangers 4
Atom A - Olds 8 - Wetaskiwin 2
Atom B - Sundre Huskies 4 - Provost Blades 2
Atom C - Grimshaw 13 - Ponoka 2
Atom D - Winfield 7 - Redwater 3
Atom Female - Okotoks White 3 - Olds Grizzlys 1

2016 Champions Photos


PREVIOUS RESULTS

Week One Results | Week Two Results


2016 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA - Stony Plain Eagles VS. Bentley Generals
Bentley leads best-of-seven series 2-1

Game One: Stony Plain 1 @ Bentley 4
Game Two:
Bentley 2 @ Stony Plain 6
Game Three:
Stony Plain 1 @ Bentley 4
Game Four
: Wednesday, March 23, 8 p.m. - Bentley @ Stony Plain
Game Five: Saturday, March 26, 7:30 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Bentley
Game Six (if necessary): Friday, April 1, 7:30 p.m. - Bentley @ Stony Plain
Game Seven (if necessary): Sunday, April 3, 7:30 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Bentley (At Red Deer Arena)

Allan Cup - April 11-16, 2016 - Steinbach, Manitoba


Midget AAA - Lloydminster Bandit Pipeline Bobcats vs. Foothills CFR Chemical Bisons
Lloydminster leads best-of-five series 2-0

Game One: Foothills 0 @ Lloydminster 10
Game Two:
Foothills 0 @ Lloydminster 5
Game Three: Thursday, March 24, 7:30 p.m. - Lloydminster @ Foothills
Game Four (if necessary): Friday, March 25, 5:15 p.m. - Lloydminster @ Foothills
Game Five (If necessary): Sunday, March 27, 2 p.m. - Foothills @ Lloydminster

Telus Cup - April 18-24, 2016 - Quispamsis, New Brunswick


Bantam AAA - Lethbridge Val Matteoti Golden Hawks vs. Sherwood Park United Cycle Flyers
Lethbridge wins best-of-five series 3-0

Game One: Lethbridge 3 @ Sherwood Park 0
Game Two: Lethbridge 4
@ Sherwood Park 3
Game Three: Sherwood Park 3 @ Lethbridge 4

Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship - March 30 - April 3, 2016 - Okotoks, Alberta

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Team Alberta Now Accepting Athletic Therapist and Equipment Manager Applications

Hockey Alberta is now accepting athletic therapist and equipment manager applications for Team Alberta’s Male and Female Programs.

Both the U16 and U18 programs are each seeking one athletic therapist and one equipment manager for the Team Alberta U16 and U18 teams that will compete in the 2016 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup and 2016 National Women’s U18 Championships, respectively.

For more information, check the application packages below:

U16 Male Application | U18 Female Application

The application deadline for both programs is April 8.

For more information on the Team Alberta programs, click here.

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Are You Ready To Be A Leader?

Registration is now open for Hockey Alberta’s Regional Leader Development Program.

The RLDP is a program to develop and train 1998 born graduating Midget level male and female hockey players in the areas of coaching, skill instruction and leadership.

The program will take place in over a two day period during the month of April. There will be 6 programs being held in Alberta.

The delegates will be trained and mentored on and off ice through classroom sessions that include: leadership, team building and off-ice LTPD training. Along with classroom sessions, regional leaders will work through the NCCP Coach 2 program and with leave the program with a trained status. Delegates will also receive NCCP Instructional Stream-trained status. The total value of the program is more than $400. During the 2 day RLDP all registrants will be provided with:

• Lunch both days
NCCP Coach 2 Trained Status
NCCP Instructional Stream Trained Status
• Access to the new Hockey Canada Network App
• Coaching starter kit

Program Cost: $55

There is limited space available - please register early.

Registration

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An Opportunity To Learn From The Best

RED DEER - A unique skill development opportunity is available to all 2002-born male hockey players in Alberta, as Hockey Alberta and the Western Hockey League are co-hosting the second annual WHL Skills Camp.

The camp, for U15 players, is set to run June 10-12 at the Don Hartman Sportsplex in Calgary.

"We’re thrilled to team up with the WHL for another year," said Mike Kraichy, Manager of Team Alberta. "This ongoing partnership will continue to benefit young, developing hockey players across Alberta."

The Skills Camp provides athletes with the opportunity to learn from an impressive array of instructors, including a few from the WHL. The 160 participants will be divided into eight teams for the weekend, and participate in a variety of activities, including:

  • Friday: off-ice testing and combine activities, coordinated by WHL staff members;
  • Saturday: Team Alberta/WHL presentation, a Long Term Player Development session featuring yoga, and two skill sessions.
  • Sunday: one skill session, and the event will wrap up with a game for each team

The WHL and Team Alberta have teamed up once again to offer a camp with a focus on skill development and proper training techniques. The camp also provides athletes with information about the Team Alberta process, and information on the WHL, while challenging players to excel on and off the ice.

"The WHL is excited to be teaming up with Hockey Alberta on this great player development initiative for a second year," said Kirt Hill, senior Manager, Player Development for the WHL. "The Skills Camp is a great opportunity for players to learn from elite level coaches and get ready for the next level of their hockey development."

Registration is now underway for 2002-born male players. There is space available for 21 defencemen and 43 forwards. Goalie spots are currently full.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, click on the appropriate link, and complete the online registration and payment process.

Defence Registration |Forward Registration | Goalie Waitlist

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Two Results

Eleven new provincial champions were crowned on Sunday, highlighting a busy weekend of Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.

Five Midget teams and six Peewee teams walked away from their respective tournaments with gold medals: Calgary Chaos (Midget Female A), Calgary Saints (Midget B), Stettler Storm OK Tire (Midget Female B), Thorsby (Midget C), Valleyview Ice Bears (Midget D), Calgary NW Warriors (Peewee A), St. Albert Hit (Peewee Female A), Airdrie Lightning (Peewee B), Olds Grizzlys (Peewee Female B), Marwayne Sled Dogs (Peewee C), and Clive Avalanche (Peewee D).

In addition to the on-ice action, five host communities kicked off their weekend with a 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: Springbank, Oyen, Foothills, High Prairie and Drayton Valley.

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).

Seven more host communities will host a Tundra True Spirit of Hockey Day this week: Taber, High Level, Grimshaw, Hinton Lacombe, Duchess, and Innisfail.


2016 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS

Gold Medal Games


Midget Female A - Calgary Chaos 3, Olds Grizzlys 2 (OT)
Midget B - Calgary Saints 8, Athabasca 2
Midget Female B - Stettler Storm OK Tire 4, Lloydminster SCU Blazers 1
Midget C - Thorsby 7, High Prairie 3
Midget D - Valleyview Ice Bears 5, Pincher Creek/CNP Huskies
Peewee A - Calgary NW Warriors 6, 3Cs Coyotes 2
Peewee Female A - St. Albert Hit 3, Calgary Kaos 0
Peewee B - Airdrie 3, Westlock 1
Peewee Female B - Olds Grizzlys 2, St. Albert Rush 0
Peewee C - Marwayne Sled Dogs 8, Rimbey 1 Canalta 0
Peewee D - Clive Avalanche 3, Manning Comets 1

2016 Champions Photos


PREVIOUS RESULTS

Week One Results


2016 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA - Stony Plain Eagles VS. Bentley Generals
Best-of-seven series tied 1-1

Game One: Friday, March 11, 8 p.m. - Stony Plain Eagles 1 @ Bentley Generals 4
Game Two:
Saturday, March 12, 7:30 p.m. - Bentley Generals 2 @ Stony Plain Eagles 6
Game Three:
Friday, March 18, 8 p.m. - Stony Plain Eagles @ Bentley Generals
Game Four
: Wednesday, March 23, 8 p.m. - Bentley Generals @ Stony Plain Eagles
Game Five: Saturday, March 26, 7:30 p.m. - Stony Plain Eagles @ Bentley Generals
Game Six (if necessary): Friday, April 1, 7:30 p.m. - Bentley Generals @ Stony Plain Eagles
Game Seven (If necessary): Sunday, April 3, 7:30 p.m. - Stony Plain Eagles @ Bentley Generals (At Red Deer Arena)

Allan Cup - April 11-16, 2016 - Steinbach, Manitoba

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Hockey Alberta’s February Coach of the Month, Jason Oakey (middle), shares a laugh his fellow coaches during practice.


Coach of the Month - February

Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for February is Jason Oakey of Airdrie.

Oakey has 14 years of coaching experience under his belt, and currently serves as the Head Coach of the Airdrie Bantam 2 Lightning.

"I think the best thing about coaching is being able to share my love of the game and seeing a room full of individuals grow in to a unified team all working towards the same goal. Each year I am asked how I measure success in a season and my answer to that is; I want each player to feel like they are part of something special, I want them to love coming to the rink so much that they never want the season to end. And most of all I want them to want to play again next year."

"Our coach teaches our children to play and play hard but always play with respect," said one team parent." Coach Oakey and his assistants have worked hard with the kids to play hard and never give up."


March is your last chance to nominate an outstanding coach in your community to be Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month!

All coach of the month nominees will be entered to win a special Memorial Cup prize pack.

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

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Hockey Alberta, Tundra Bring The True Spirit of Hockey To Five Host Communities

As week two of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships kicked off on Thursday, Hockey Alberta and Tundra Process Solutions teamed up to bring the true spirit of hockey to schools across the province.

Hockey Alberta and Tundra are partnering up for the True Spirit of Hockey Day for another year, which will see schools in 13 different provincial communities host a number of fun activities, allowing students to learn about hockey, and the teamwork and friendships that can be generated in the sport.

On Thursday, five of those host communities used True Spirit of Hockey Day to kick off their Provincial Championships: Springbank, Oyen, Foothills, Drayton Valley, and High Prairie.

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In Springbank, St. Joan of Arc school started the day off with a mini-stick hockey tournament, followed by an assembly complete with a medal ceremony for the champions, and a school-wide game of "heads or tails" for a special prize.

Eight more communities will host a True Spirit of Hockey Day in March: Taber, High Level, Fort McMurray, Grimshaw, Hinton, Lacombe, Duchess, and Innisfail.

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St. Joan of Arc students cheer on their fellow classmates.

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Members from the winning mini-stick team receive their medals.

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Alberta North Finds Success in the Arctic

Thursday, March 10

IQALUIT - After another busy day of hockey in Nunavut, Team Alberta North skated away from the 2016 Arctic Winter Games with a pair of medals - a gold for the males, and silver for the females.

After finishing round-robin play in second place with a 3-1 record, the male squad drew Team Alaska in the semi-finals, who had a matching 3-1 record.

Team Alberta North edged Alaska 3-2 in the early-morning tilt, and moved on to face NWT in the gold medal final.

Despite a furious comeback by NWT, Alberta North managed to weather the storm and hold on for the 5-4 win, sealing the gold medal.

On the female side, Team Alberta North found themselves in a similar matchup against Team Alaska in the semi-finals, and came out on the winning side of a 2-1 score.

In keeping with the trend, it was a Team Alberta North and NWT gold medal final once again, but this time it was NWT who came away with gold after a 5-1 win.

In other tournament action, Team Alaska landed a pair of bronze medals, as the male squad took down Team Nunavut 9-1, while the females edged the Yukon 2-1.

For the full Arctic Winter Games ice hockey schedule and results, click here.

For more information on the Arctic Winter Games, click here.


Wednesday, March 9

IQALUIT - After the last day of round-robin play at the Arctic Winter Games, both Team Alberta North squads finished with 3-1 records.

The males lost their first game of the tournament Wednesday morning to NWT by a score of 5-0, but rebounded with a 5-2 over Alaska later in the day. The win set up a three-way tie for first place between Team Alberta North, NWT and Alaska.

Through the tie breaker formula, Team Alberta North finished second, and NWT third, so the two teams will meet again bright and early on Thursday at 6 a.m. (MT).

Meanwhile, the females continued to find their stride, winning their second and third straight games on Wednesday after opening the Arctic Winter Games with a loss.

They started the day with a 3-1 win over Team Yukon Wednesday morning, and finished the round-robin on a strong note with an 11-0 triumph over Nunavut.

The pair of wins gave Team Alberta North sole possession of second place on the female side, setting up a semi-final against third-place Alaska Thursday morning at 8:30 (MT).

The winner of each semi-final game will advance to the gold medal final on Thursday evening.


Tuesday, March 8

IQALUIT - Despite experiencing some lengthy delays due to a massive blizzard in Iqaluit, both Team Alberta North squads came up with wins on Day Two of the Arctic Winter Games.

In a game that was supposed to start at 9 a.m. (ET), Team Alberta North Male finally got things going at 6 p.m. (ET) against the Yukon. The extra rest proved benificial for the males, as they cruised to an 11-0 to start the Arctic Winter Games with a 2-0 record.

The females finally hit the ice to battle Team Alaska at 7 p.m. (ET), about six hours later than the scheduled time. After a 4-2 loss on Monday, the team rebounded well with a 3-2 win, moving to an even 1-1 record so far at the games.

It’s a quick turnaround for both teams, as they’ll hit the ice again at 9 a.m. (MT) Wednesday. The males are set to go against NWT, while the females will go head-to-head with the Yukon.

The females play their second game of the day at 1 p.m. (MT) against Nunavut, while the males hit the ice again at 4 p.m. (MT) to take on Alaska.


Monday, March 7

IQALUIT - An up and down opening day for Team Alberta North at the 2016 Arctic Winter Games on Monday.

The male squad opened their Winter Games Monday morning in Iqaluit with a 10-3 win over the host team.

The females didn’t fare as well, falling 4-2 to Team NWT.

The males are back it at Tuesday morning at 7 a.m. (MT) against the Yukon , while the females hit the ice at 11 a.m. (MT) against Alaska.

Hockey Alberta Foundation

2016 Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Class

RED DEER - Four individuals and one team comprise the 2016 Induction Class for the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (AHHF).

Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation announced on Tuesday the 2016 inductees who will be recognized at the AHHF Awards Gala on Saturday, July 23, at the Coast Hotel in Canmore:

Achievement Category

Builder Category

  • George Kingston, one of Canada’s best-known coaches at the collegiate, professional, national and international levels
  • Terry Ledingham, long-time Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada volunteer

As well, Larry Kwong, the first player of Asian descent to play in the National Hockey League will be recognized with the Founders Award for outstanding dedication and commitment to the sport of hockey in Alberta.