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Team Alberta Events Postponed

RED DEER - Due to the current Government of Alberta restrictions regarding youth sports, Hockey Alberta is postponing all Team Alberta High Performance Selection Camps.

The postponement includes selection camps for the Alberta Cup, Alberta Challenge and Prospects Cup.

Hockey Alberta currently is looking at alternative solutions to implement if/when the Government of Alberta restrictions allow for meaningful competition in a selection camp format.

For more information:

Alberta Cup

2006 Born

Dustin Moore, Coordinator Male Hockey

Email: [email protected]

Alberta Challenge

2006 and 2007 Born

Taryn Baumgardt, Coordinator Female Hockey

Email: [email protected]

Prospects Cup

2008 Born

Dustin Moore, Coordinator Male Hockey

Email: [email protected]

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We’re Hiring!

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

The Coordinator, Elite Male Hockey position plays a significant role in the pursuit of the vision and mission of Hockey Alberta. This position focuses on providing quality service to the membership and stakeholders of Hockey Alberta, as well as positive experiences for players within Alberta. Working alongside other staff and volunteers, this position leads and guides Hockey Alberta volunteers, connecting them to the annual strategies aimed at advancing the game. This position also plays a significant role in the development of players, coaches, MHAs, Leagues and Team Staff within the AA and Elite Male Hockey models.

Details >

The deadline to apply for this position is Friday, April 16 at 11:59pm (MST).

Centre Ice Podcast

Centre Ice Podcast - Episode Nine: Coaching Success Stories

Episode Nine of the Centre Ice Podcast features a pair of Alberta’s coaching success stories, with former National Women’s Team Coach and four-time Olympic gold medalist Mel Davidson, and Colorado Avalanche Assistant Coach Ray Bennett, who’s been coaching in the NHL for over 20 years.

Both coaches share their stories of rising through the ranks from small-town Alberta to coaching at the highest level, and their words of advice and wisdom for coaches across the province.

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Episode Links: Hockey’s Path Forward > | Team Alberta Events Postponed > | Alberta’s Lacey Senuk to Officiate at 2021 Women’s World Championship >

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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AEHL Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

The Alberta Elite Hockey League (AEHL) Scholarship Program is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 season.

The AEHL scholarship program, open to eligible current or graduated players from the U18 AAA was launched in 2006. To date, 288 players have been awarded with $392,000 in scholarship funds.

New this year, applications will only be accepted through the online form. The link will remain open until end of day on Friday, April 16.

ONLINE APPLICATION FORM >

Review criteria include:

  • Citizenship and leadership qualities
  • Hockey ability and sportsmanship displayed
  • Scholastic standing
  • Financial needs

Only successful recipients will be contacted by the AEHL U18 AAA Scholarship Committee.

For a complete list of requirements and more information visit AEHL.ca

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Hockey Alberta News

COACH OF THE MONTH - NOMINATION DEADLINE MARCH 22

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.

NOMINATE A COACH >


Hockey Alberta News

ALBERTA BUILT SKILLS CAMPS

Alberta Built Skills Camps are back for Spring 2021! Each camp is focused on developing specific individual and team skills, and follow the principles of the Long Term Player Development model adopted by Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada.

CHECK OUT THE CAMPS >


Hockey Alberta News

2021-22 NHL/NHLPA FIRST SHIFT HOST APPLICATION PROCESS OPEN

The application period for local hockey associations wishing to host the NHL/NHLPA First Shift in 2021-22 is NOW OPEN! The six-week learn to play program, open to co-ed, female and para hockey host associations, continues to focus on having fun while learning basic skills. Full head-to-toe Bauer equipment is included with registration.

APPLY TO HOST >


Hockey Alberta News

NOMINATE YOUR COACH FOR THE BFL FEMALE COACH OF THE YEAR!

Hockey Canada and BFL Canada are on the hunt for the country’s best women’s hockey coaches, and they are calling on players and parents from coast to coast to coast to nominate coaches who have made significant contributions to the game. Nominations for the BFL Female Coach of the Year award are closing on March 30.

INFORMATION AND NOMINATION FORM >


Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

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!

ALLY BENDFELD > | MEL DAVIDSON > | SUBMIT YOUR OWN >


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Alberta’s Lacey Senuk to officiate at 2021 Women’s World Championship

HALIFAX/TRURO - Alberta’s own Lacey Senuk is among the on-ice officials selected to work the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship in Nova Scotia in May.

She was named today by the IIHF as a referee for the event. The 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship runs May 6-16 in Halifax and Truro.

Senuk is a Level 5 referee in the North Region and has worked many prestigious international hockey events. In 2017-18 season, she earned an IIHF U18 assignment in Russia. And this year, she followed up by refereeing the 4-Nations Cup gold medal game. She also refereed the gold medal game from the world women’s championship in Espoo, Finland in 2019.

Senuk was named Hockey Alberta’s Official of the Year for 2019. Her career includes having worked two Esso Cups, the Canada Winter Games, two U18 Women’s national championships, three 4-Nations Cup events, and eight IIHF championships. She also serves as an important resource at the regional level as a mentor and instructor for aspiring officials in the Edmonton area.

Ice Times Newsletter

ICE TIMES - Edition 21:05

Hockey Alberta News

ALBERTA BUILT SKILLS CAMPS ARE BACK!

Alberta Built Skills Camps are back for Spring 2021! Each camp is focused on developing specific individual and team skills, and follow the principles of the Long Term Player Development model adopted by Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada.

CHECK OUT THE CAMPS >


Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

COACH OF THE MONTH - YEAR END WRAP UP

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.

NOMINATE A COACH >


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THE COACHES SITE TO HOST GLOBAL SKILLS SHOWCASE IN MARCH

The evolution of hockey has been led by the increase in skill of its players. Join these dedicated elite level coaches as they share their knowledge during The Coaches Site Global Skills Showcase, March 22-26.

MORE INFORMATION >


Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

2021-22 NHL/NHLPA FIRST SHIFT HOST APPLICATION PROCESS OPEN

The application period for local hockey associations wishing to host the NHL/NHLPA First Shift in 2021-22 is NOW OPEN! The six-week learn to play program continues to focus on having fun while learning basic skills. Full head-to-toe Bauer equipment is included with registration.

APPLY TO HOST >


Hockey Alberta News

HOCKEY ALBERTA FOUNDATION ACCEPTED INTO BIRDIES FOR KIDS PROGRAM

The Hockey Alberta Foundation has been accepted as a participating charity in the Birdies for Kids program, presented by AltaLink. Within this fundraising program, Hockey Alberta Foundation will receive 100 per cent of every donation accepted on its behalf and allows for additional funding of up to 50 per cent of the original donation.

MORE INFORMATION >


Hockey Alberta News

CENTRE ICE PODCAST - EPISODE 8: HOCKEY IS FOR EVERYONE

Episode Eight of the Centre Ice Podcast takes a closer look at the inequality and discrimination faced by many in the game, but also focuses on the steps being taken to make hockey a safe and welcoming place for everyone.

LISTEN AND WATCH >


Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

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!

MATT DUMBA > | GRANT FUHR > | SUBMIT YOUR OWN >


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In Memoriam - Ron Panchyshyn

RED DEER - Ron Panchyshyn, one of the founders of the Officiating Program in Alberta, passed away on February 27 at the age of 82, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Ron started his officiating career in 1964, working at all levels including University and Major Junior, and multiple national and international championships. Ron was one of the first Level 6 officials in Alberta and Canada, when the Level system started in 1976. Off the ice, Ron was a tireless volunteer who served as tournament chairman at dozens of local and national events. He spent four years as the North Zone Chair, 13 years as the Past Chair, and was the third Provincial Chairman in Alberta (1986-90). Ron also served 14 years on the Board of Directors for Hockey Alberta.

Ron was inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004 and was named a Life Member of the Hockey Alberta Officials Committee in 1998.

Ron was also an influential referee supervisor, mentoring officials such as George McCorry, Mike Rebus, Dave Shaw, and Lance Roberts, who all became Level 6 officials. He was committed to Grassroots officiating, teaching clinics as early as 1973 and was the first referee coordinator for the Edmonton Minor Hockey Week which started in 1964. One of his proudest accomplishments was negotiating the donation of officiating services to that tournament, a tradition that carries on to this day.

Ron was a loving and devoted husband to his wife, Joyce, and a man who lived and loved for his children and grandchildren. One of Ron’s favourite things was to watch his grandchildren play hockey and football.

The family is asking for those that wish to do so, donations be made in Ron’s name to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.

Centre Ice Podcast

Centre Ice Podcast - Episode Eight: Hockey is for Everyone

Episode Eight of the Centre Ice Podcast takes a closer look at the inequality and discrimination faced by many in the game, but also focuses on the steps being taken to make hockey a safe and welcoming place for everyone.

This episode features Minnesota Wild defenceman Matt Dumba and his father, long-time Hockey Alberta Official Charle Dumba speaking about the discrimination their family has faced, and the work being done to eradicate racism in hockey, including Matt’s involvement in the Hockey Diversity Alliance. Sanjeev Bhagrath, a Sikh Official from Edmonton, shares his own experiences of racism and inequality, and Pittsburgh Penguins President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke speaks on the You Can Play initiative, and the work being done to eradicate homophobia from hockey.

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Episode Links: Hockey’s Path Forward > | Hockey Diversity Alliance > | Hockey Alberta Officials > | Coach of the Month Nominations > | Host the First Shift in Your Community > | The Coaches Site Global Skills Showcase > | Foundation Accepted into Birdies for Kids Program > | You Can Play Project >

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!

Hockey Alberta Foundation

Foundation accepted into the Birdies for Kids Program

RED DEER - The Hockey Alberta Foundation has been accepted as a participating charity in the Birdies for Kids program, presented by AltaLink.

Within this fundraising program, Hockey Alberta Foundation will receive 100 per cent of every donation accepted on its behalf and allows for additional funding of up to 50 per cent of the original donation.

This marks the fourth year that the Hockey Alberta Foundation has participated in the Birdies For Kids Program. To date an additional $48,000 has been donated back to the Foundation through the matching funds program.

Help us make every dollar go a little further by donating directly through the Birdies For Kids Program.

MAKE YOUR DONATION NOW >

To donate by cheque, make the cheque payable to ‘Calgary Shaw Charity Classic Foundation” (indicate ‘Hockey Alberta Foundation’ in the memo section) and mail to:

Calgary Shaw Charity Classic Foundation

Suite 1700, Bow Valley Square III
255 5th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2P 3G6

Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink is a non-profit program run under the Calgary Shaw Charity Classic Foundation.

The Hockey Alberta Foundation’s goal is to provide every child in Alberta the opportunity to play hockey, have fun and, in many cases, experience the sport for the first time through programs like Every Kid Every Community and Future Leaders.

Every Kid Every Community >

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2022 Arctic Winter Games Postponed

WHITEHORSE – The Arctic Winter Games International Committee (AWGIC), following discussions with Wood Buffalo 2022 Arctic Winter Games Host Society, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) and the Government of Alberta, has made the decision to postpone the Wood Buffalo 2022 Arctic Winter Games in a planned and proactive response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Games, originally scheduled to take place in Wood Buffalo from March 6-12, 2022, will be rescheduled to a later date to be announced.

Held every two years, the Arctic Winter Games is the premier circumpolar sport and cultural event for youth hosting up to 2,000 participants and an equal number of volunteers.

The decision to plan the postponement of the Games was made to ensure the health and safety of all the participants, coaches, volunteers, staff, spectators, and the host community. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic would likely prevent the Arctic Winter Games International Committee from delivering on their mission to host a meaningful Arctic Winter Games experience.

No decision has been made at this time on the new dates for the Arctic Winter Games in Wood Buffalo. The Arctic Winter Games International Committee and the Wood Buffalo Host Society are diligently working together to determine an appropriate date for the Games to be rescheduled and intend to announce that date in the near future. Both organizations will continue to prioritize the health and safety of all Games participants while monitoring the global pandemic and providing updates to all stakeholders on the Wood Buffalo Arctic Winter Games, as they become available.

FAQ’s on the AWG postponement

For the full release and information visit the Arctic Winter Games website.

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2021-22 First Shift host application process now open

RED DEER - The application period for local hockey associations wishing to host the NHL/NHLPA First Shift in 2021-22 is NOW OPEN!

A truly unique experience designed to help kids fall in love with hockey. The six-week learn to play program continues to focus on having fun while learning basic skills. Full head-to-toe Bauer equipment is included with registration.

The NHL/NHLPA First Shift mission is to change the way hockey is offered, to inspire new families to join our community, and enroll their kids in our sport. Because of the program’s belief in all that hockey has to offer kids, their families and our communities, the NHL/NHLPA First Shift was designed to make hockey accessible, affordable, safe and most importantly, fun!

For more information on the program please go to www.firstshift.ca or apply immediately to host an event by CLICKING HERE

HOST ASSOCIATION FAQ >

HOST ASSOCIATION INFO >

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The Coaches Site to host Global Skills Showcase in March

RED DEER - The evolution of hockey has been led by the increase in skill of its players.

Behind the scenes, the game’s elite players are being trained by dedicated coaches who have evaluated and broken down the complex skills that hockey demands and transferred these skills to the next generation of players.

Join these dedicated elite level coaches as they share their knowledge during The Coaches Site Global Skills Showcase, March 22-26.

The online five-day event - presented by InStat - will feature the top skill development coaches in hockey, selected from more than 150 applicants.

Each guest coach will provide unique insights into their method for developing players and identifying the key details that will make a difference once the puck is dropped. This is an exclusive opportunity to learn from the game’s best and to enhance your own abilities as a coach.

To register you must be a member of The Coaches Site.

If you are not currently a member of The Coaches Site, you can register at a discounted annual rate which includes attendance to the Global Skills Showcase.

For more information, a complete list of speakers and bios or to register go to The Coaches Site.